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Spring of Culture New Experiences

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Contents March 2013 Cover Story:

26 New Experiences A cacophony of colour heralds the latest instalment of the Spring of Culture; dance, theatre and musical acts from


around the globe will showcase their talent.

Happenings: Bahrain This Month reviews events happening around town during the month of March 2013:



23 Boat Show: Bigger and better, and luxury everywhere 30 Fashion Showcase: Bahrain City Centre welcomes spring 36 Chuckle Club: Laugh out loud with this month’s trio of comedians 38 EduTex: Constructing a quilt for the Kingdom 46 BAB Market: Injecting life into the Manama Souq 50 Socialising Digitally: The Bizladies Club speaks social media 52 Eclectic Customs: Animania creates a storm 56 Way Above Par: Awali Golf Club turns 75 23-58 Calendar: Events during March




73 Strategic Development Euromoney hosts the second edition of its Bahrain roundtable conference to review business opportunities and the challenges facing investors.

74 Team Player One of the few Bahraini general managers of a five-star hotel in the Kingdom, Abdul Rahim Al Sayed knows what it takes to build and manage a team.


111 Bystander

76 Expanding Visibility With a mandate to procure advertising support for Bahrain TV and radio, as well as a portfolio of outdoor sites, Group Plus is a key media player.

At BTM we celebrated all things Indian, Scottish and romantic. Car launches featured strongly as we checked out the latest offerings from the likes of CitrĂśen, Ferrari, Chevrolet and Honda. There was also a new menu at Sofitel, a new venue at The K Hotel and Hypoxi showed us their latest in fitness solutions. And, we had time for some Shakespeare and Japanese dolls!

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Issue 187

Contents March 2013 Destination Report:

84 The Great Outdoors New Zealanders have a term for those with a love of the


natural environment — outdoorsmen! The South Island has plenty to offer adventure seekers.

Downtime: 88 Let the Games Begin: Which console is for you? 90 Gadgets: Turn up the volume with these sound systems 92 Music: Hot and heavy is the order of the day 94 Computer Games: Of marines and gangsters 95 Websites: My own museum 96 Apps: Be your own boss 97 Movies: Forty good days



Motoring: 103 Real Torque: Ferrari F12berlinetta 104 Wheels: Peugeot 301 105 Showcase: BMW M 135i

Dining: 119 Back to the Future: Lanterns in Adliya 120 Happenings: Where to dine this month 122 Italian Cuisine: For all occasions 129 Showcase: Thai Festival @ Mövenpick Hotel

After Dark:



133 Escape the Routine: The Ides of March 134 Happenings: Where to be seen this month 137 Feature: St Patrick’s Day 139 Showcase: A night out at Pars International Hotel





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111 Home Furnishing: Brighten up your home 143 Air conditioning: Keep cool for the summer 153 What’s New: Practical eyelashes 154 Marketplace: Latest products and services

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Two: the number of locations at which we can dine at Lanterns Restaurant. This venerable fixture has a splendid new venue in the heart of Adliya. A dining destination, the fabulous garden area offers an insight into how, with some thoughtful design, a villa can be turned into a sea of tranquility. Three: the Kingdom’s third mobile operator, VIVA, turns three this month. We are so far familiar with the telecom operator’s striking brand colours it’s hard not to notice this ‘upstart’ has made quite an impact. Eight: It’s that time of year when spring finally starts to show its true colours; the Spring of Culture festival is even brighter this year. With the likes of Il Divo, Lebanese single Jahida Wehbe and Ballet Revolucion (featured on our cover), there is plenty of variety in store as well. Nine: this one really had me scratching my head. Is it really the ninth edition of the Gulf Air Grand Prix next month at the Bahrain International Circuit? The years do seem to have flown by, much like an F1 machine on the starting straight. 75: the grass might be greener on the other side, but the Awali Golf Club is proud of its heritage — and its desert fairways and sand greens. Many a golfer over the years has pitted their wits against the elements in this sporting challenge. 800: the amount of peak torque emanating from the 12-cyclinder engine of the fastest Ferrari built to date. The F12berlinetta, launched last month in the Kingdom by Euro Motors, is nothing short of poetry in motion. Of course, just to prove that life is an endless circle, we also feature the launch of a new entertainment venue this month. The — presciently named — ‘Ides of March’ opens its doors at the Best Western Al Olaya Suites Hotel. So, here’s to a month of numbers to enjoy the great way of life the Kingdom has to offer!

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Indian Republic Day Reception HE Mohan Kumar, Indian Ambassador & Mala Kumar hosted a reception to mark India's 64th Republic Day at the Al Dana Ballroom, Gulf Hotel Convention Centre last month. The event was attended by HE Abdulla Abdullatif, Foreign Ministry Under-Secretary of Foreign Affairs, HE Sameera Rajab, Minister of State for Information Affairs, members of the diplomatic corps, VIPS and members of the Indian community

Mala & HE Mohan Kumar

B.N. Haldar, H.N. Singh, Rajinder Singh, Santosh & Vikram

HE Abdulla Abdullatif, HE Sameera Rajab & HE Mohan Kumar with members of the diplomatic community at the cake cutting ceremony

Mr Mansoor, Juzer, Nasser Alarayedh & Varghese

Rajneesh, Rajna, Hridya & Francis

Ashim, Babu, Sovichan, Mohammed & Salim

Ron, Iro, Rowena & Omran

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Yulia, Mala & Leylan

Andrew, Mala, Tosin & Liliane

Caitlin, Admiral Miller & Carolyn

Mary, Sandya & Prathima

Khalid Almoayed & HE Mohan Kumar

John, Veronica & Ahmed

Mohammed Malim & Vicky

Ranjit & Raju


Shantharam & Ashalatha

Qutub Dadabhai

Jennifer & Jeyanthi


Awali Caledonian Society Burns Night The Awali Caledonian Society held its annual 'Burns Supper' for members and guests in honour of renowned Scottish poet Robert Burns. The event attended by HE Iain Lindsay, British Ambassador, members and guests was held at the Royal Golf Club, Riffa

HE Iain & Bridget Lindsay

Breda, Barbara, Patrick, George & Alison

HE Iain & Bridget Lindsay with committee members

Julia, Ron, Dave & Sheela

Mark, Donald, DJ, Ryan & Shaun

Ann, Khalil & Isabel

Candy, Carol, Glenda & Lynda

Shuba, Lynne, Sheela & Norma

Zeenat & Isa

Gordon & Carol


Nikki & Naomi

Euan & Evelyn

Alistair cuts the Haggis

Michaela, Bob & Maxine

Terry, Soraya & Tudor

Gyan & Kevin

Carol & Bill Salim & Leroy

Paul & Shari

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Frank & Alice

Ian & Tracy

Madden & Trish

Ross & Sam


Shakespeare 4 Kidz Stages The Tempest UK production house Shakespeare 4 Kidz (S4K) staged a modern take on The Tempest, a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s final play. The adaptation blended easy to understand modern dialogue with Shakespeare’s original verse and the music and songs of Julian Chenery and Matt Gimblett. Which were designed to be entertaining as well as educational, meaning children as young as seven could enjoy them. The event was held at the Cultural Hall, next to Bahrain National Museum

Another scene from the musical

Tara & Yara

Janet & Megan

Fadi & Sana

Grayson & Sophiea

16 March 2013

Paula, Nawal & Akram

A scene from The Tempest

Joshua & Abigail

Sahana, Rupa, Jaya & Anjani

Zafar, Zarine, Frieda, Elyana & Anisa

Selma, Tarryn & Soraya

Phoebe, Leila, Omar & Rana

Aminah, Sabrina, Marushka & Megan

Sofya, Akram & Tessa

Shannon & Shayne

Jannah, Elizabeth & Adam

Biswanath, Subhadra, Bihan & Mahika

Tala, Sam & Oyster

Aya, Soraya & Lamya

Amal & Jassim

Divit & Reshma

Jamshed, Junutha, Ayaan & Haezel

Mehmet & Oguztuna

Paula & Carolyn


'Help Zak Walk' Family Day A family fun day was held under the theme, 'Help Zak Walk' at the Bahrain Rugby Football Club last month. The fun day was to support Zak, a 2 year old boy suffering from cerebal palsy. The event fetaured live music, vendor stalls, kids fitness tribal games, Bahrain Rugby Football Club home game, raffle prizes and lots more

Ruby, Grace & Chloe

Amy, Rosie & Georgina

Yanick & Pascale

Eleanor, Elizabeth & Mary-Jane


Luna & Ella

Bing & Khalid

Lucca & Susan

Victoria & Olivia

Pascale & Belle

Daniel & Harrison



Miriam & Mathew


Asma, Musthafa & Tasneem

Fiona & Eva

Nikita & Eva



Hussain & Layla

Anastasia, Sophie & Lily

Ola & Amal

Stephanie & Gabriela


Amalia, Dan & Carly

Olive & Catriona

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Lucia, Dr Amy, Menson & Jane

Steffi, Adi, Erika & Emily

Josh, Emily, Sue & Adam


Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Launch Euro Motors and Ferrari Middle East & Africa held an exclusive private preview of the stunning Ferrari F12 Berlinetta last month. The preview was held at The Majlis, Royal Golf Club, followed by dinner at the club's Prego Italian Restaurant

The stunning Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

David, Chelsea, Stan, Meher & George

George, Erika & Paul

Navin, Jasmith, Editha & HE Alberto Viki, Italian Ambassador

Badriya & Meher

Ferrari owners enjoy a meal

Members of the media with the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Ferrari owners at the event

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Harsha Bhatia Dinner Party Harsha Bhatia hosted a 'Night of Indian Delicacies' for a number of ladies at her residence in Tubli last month. The event was attended by the board and members of the Bahrain Business Women's Society and a number of guests

Harsha Bhatia, Urvashi, Ahlam Janahi & Huda Sangoor

Harsha Bhatia & guests

Deema Haddad & Khulood AbulQadir

Harsha Bhatia & Mala Kumar

Shailaja, Priya, Karina, Anne & Shalini

Doris, Sawsan, Lulwa, Feriyal, Deema & Tarana

Board members of the Bahrain Business Women's Society

Harsha, Shanta, Huda, Urvashi, Jessica, Vicky & Shantini

Urvashi & Nisha Bhatia

Suha & Suhair Bokhammas

Afnan Al Zayani, Fatima Kooheji, Eman & Huda

Francois, Fatima & Khulood

Jessica & Urvashi Bhatia

Fatima, Sebahat & Batul

Shanta Naraindas & Safiya Kanoo

Sophia & Mehru

Lulwa & Aysha

Cucina Italiana First Anniversary Dinner Cucina Italiana in Al Safir Hotel hosted a dinner to mark the outlet's first anniversary

22 March 2013

Christophe Marziale, Farheen & Hillary

Christophe Marziale & Cynthia, 4th from left with Cucino staff members

happeningsthismonth When? March 28-29 | Event? Boat show | Venue? Amwaj Marina

Luxury on the Water A complete experience is on offer this month, for families and marine enthusiasts, as the Kingdom’s largest boat show returns with an even more impressive line-up. This year’s Bahrain Boat Show International (BBSI) is planned to be the biggest and most impressive spectacle to date, featuring the largest fleet of mega yachts ever to have entered the island’s waters. In its fourth edition, the event plays host to an even greater number of international exhibitors, with exciting entertainment and activities for everyone. Spread over 50,000 square metres of land and water, visitors can take a potpourri of innovative produce from more than 120 marine brands who will be participating at the event. This year sees the launch of the brand new outdoor show for a complete maritime experience. With this initiative, organisers are attracting not only marine enthusiasts and boat owners but also families and sporting fans. A number of outdoor recreational lifestyle products will be featured, including a four-wheel adventure programme, camping, the latest bicycles, sporting gear and clothing to suit all interests, ages and budgets. Live entertainment will keep the atmosphere dynamic while a dedicated games, activities, and boat trips section will keep everyone on the edge. “It brings me immense pride to watch the success of the boat Also this month

show. The event is still relatively young, but it has grown exponentially each time and has gained increasing international recognition,” says Wael Juju, CEO and organiser of the BBSI. “As the only boat show in the world to more than double its growth in terms of visitors and exhibitors, it has put Bahrain on the world map for boating and marine leisure activities.” The organising team expects to attract 18,000 visitors, 30 per cent of whom are anticipated to come from neighbouring GCC countries. Earlier events have seen 15,000 visitors to the boat show. While creating a new family atmosphere, the main aim is to cater to a boating clientele. In previous years, the event has hosted high-profile dignitaries, royal family representatives, governors and members of the public who are passionate about an active maritime lifestyle. “This is one of Bahrain’s largest and most exciting showcases. It has attracted tens of thousands of visitors to Bahrain, many of whom travel from across the region to attend each edition,” adds Saud Kanoo, chairman of Ossis, the property developer behind Amwaj Islands. “Not only is it a unique occasion for our island, it also perfectly complements the waterfront developments.” The event is organised by Knotika Boat Shows in cooperation with Amwaj Islands and is supported by Tamkeen. E Visit

World days Recognise world days this month.

When? March 8 Event? International Women’s Day Respect, appreciate and love the wonderful women in your life. When? March 17 Event? St Patrick’s Day Go green to celebrate the life and death of Ireland’s patron saint. When? March 21 Event? Poetry Day Spend the day reading the works of literary greats. When? March 21 Event? Elimination of Discrimination Day Commemorate those who fought for equality in South Africa. When? March 24 Event? Tuberculosis Day Do your part to spread public awareness on this global epidemic. When? March 26 Event? Purple Day Wear a purple ensemble to raise awareness on epilepsy.

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happeningsthismonth When? Throughout March Event? Fashion campaign Venue? Bahrain City Centre Fashion is at centre stage this month at the mall. E Visit BahrainCityCentre. When? March 15 Event? Charity dog walk Venue? BSPCA Join in on a 4km dog walk to help raise funds for abused animals. E Visit

Festival of Colours

When? March 17 Event? Charity concert Venue? Cultural Hall International troupe will perform a classical Korean concert. E Call 36 506-560. When? March 24 Event? Amwaj Marina Market Venue? Amwaj Islands Head out for some good weather, stunning sea views and bargains. E Call 16 030-605 or 16 030-607. When? March 26-April 26 Event? Alwan 338 Venue? Block 338 Celebrate art at this highly anticipated annual festival. E Call 17 717-441. When? March 28-29 Event? Boat show Venue? Amwaj Marina The Kingdom’s boat show returns with even more activities. E Visit

When? March 29-30 Event? Classical dance performance Venue? La Fontaine Centre for Contemporary Art Indulge in the world of kathak with celebrated dancer Rashmi Uppal. E Call 17 230-123. When? April 16-18 Event? Health and wellness exhibitions Venue? BICEC Discover the latest trends in health and wellness. E Visit

The flagship annual month-long celebration of art is back again for another exciting edition. Alwan 338 brings together over 20 international and local artists in a community-driven cultural and artistic collaboration from March 26-April 26. Enticing public participation within the unique structural design of Adliya’s 338 district, it features public art projects, installations, educational workshops, open-air music concerts and film screenings. Curated by Sandra Maunac and Monica Santos of Masasam Curatorial Projects, this year’s theme is ‘Common Ground’ with a special focus on photography. “The importance given to these shared spaces emphasises what we have in common with each other. This coming together through art during Alwan 338 encourages us to transform that shared space into an open exchange, a collective dialogue that allows a creative renewal of everyday life and the possibility of new approaches, new understandings and new identities,” says Bayan Kanoo, Al Riwaq Art Space director and Alwan 338 organiser. E Call 17 717-441. A Dog Show There’s no denying that we all love our furry little friends, so why not treat them to a walk that they’ll be sure to thank you for? On March 15, the BSPCA is organising one of their biggest charity initiatives yet, a 4km dog walk or 2km for younger participants, set to be one of the most enjoyable family events of the month. Non-dog owners can pre-book a homeless pup from the centre for the walk. To top it all off there will be a BBQ and refreshments served on the day and a prize for the person to raise the most money. The aim of the walk is to raise funds for a cause that helps prevent animal cruelty and fosters the rehabilitation of abused animals. E Visit

Music for the Mind The Embassy of the Republic of Korea, in collaboration with the organisation Beautiful Mind Charity (BMC), brings in internationally acclaimed musicians for a unique cultural experience on March 17. The night of classical musical and traditional Korean performances will include piano, cello, violin and traditional instrument acts. Bahrain is the group’s first stop in their Middle East tour. The event, held at the Cultural Hall, is open to all and starts at 8pm. BMC is a philanthropic organisation that pursues cultural diplomacy, aiming to give and share love with the less privileged around the world through diverse cultural activities. E Call 36 506-560.

Age-old Rhythms Indulge in the world of classical dance as La Fontaine Centre for Contemporary Art brings one of the most talented traditional Indian dancers to town on March 29 and 30. Rashmi Uppal is accompanied by instrumentalists Yogesh Gangani and Mahaveer Gangani and vocalist Samiullah Khan. The Kathak dance form traces its origins to the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, incorporating elements of ritual dance and Mughal forms. E Call 17 230-123.

When? April 19-21 Event? F1 Venue? Bahrain International Circuit The Kingdom once again plays host to an F1 race. E Call 17 450-000 or visit www.

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happeningsthismonth When? March 1-April 20 | Event? Spring of Culture Festival | Venue? Various locations

New Experiences Music, literature, visual arts and so much more make up the all-new eighth Spring of Culture festivities.

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The annual event kicks off Manama’s celebrations as the Arab Capital of Tourism with family-friendly festivities, including a diverse mix of enriching experiences from around the world. The Ministry of Culture in partnership with the Economic Development Board and several art centres has lined up shows catering to audiences across all ages and backgrounds. “Our aim is to transcend the event itself and create a space of revelation and discovery. By opening up to new experiences, we unite under the common language of culture. We want this spring season to fully blossom and reach out to lift the human spirit and let it soar ever higher,” says HE Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, the Minister of Culture. Musical festivities include a concert by world-renowned Greek composer and pianist, Yanni, with his inimitable blend of jazz, soft rock and classical music. British operatic pop vocalists, Il Divo, are also certain to entertain audiences with their signature performances, which have earned over 150 awards from 33 countries. From the Arab world, a concert by the soulful Lebanese singer Jahida Wehbe will feature works from Pablo Neruda, Mahmoud Darwish, Adonis, Talal Haidar and Forough Farrokhzad among others. In her show, produced by Dyck Van der Herst and Philippe Thuriot, she will be accompanied on stage with qanun artist Osama Abdulrasol.

Jordanian virtuoso Farah Siraj, whose career spans the Middle East, Europe and the United States of America, will bring her unique musical style to Bahrain, blending pop, bossa, flamenco and jazz. Nicknamed the ‘Norah Jones of the Middle East’, the artist is considered one of the pre-eminent cultural ambassadors of her home country. Other highlights include theatrical performances by Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba, which returns to Bahrain with new a show, ‘Amigas’, and Scottish group, Paperbelle, which offers a playful exploration of colour, set in a magical world of paper. Children will be entertained by Khayal Art and Education Theatre Puppetry, that follows the adventures of central character Firas Al-Attas. For an international dance sensation, the Ballet Revolucion premiers in Bahrain after sell out shows in London, Berlin, Hamburg, Paris and Vienna. Audiences will witness the fascinating transition from pupae into a butterfly through Farfalle’s Interactive Musical Atelier. The Magic of Mozart takes centre stage with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, featuring soprano Ana Maria Labin and baritone John Chest in a night of classical compositions. The Istanbul Modern-Bahrain Exhibition will feature a large collection of photography and fine arts, with 244 works by 94 artists. E Visit

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Quintessential Arab Known as one of the most talented and respected Arab artists, Kadim Al Sahir is to romance the crowd in his all new concert. Fresh off of his judging role in the popular contest ‘Arab Idol’, the singer is much loved among both Middle Eastern and international communities across many generations. Throughout his career of over 30 years, he has sold over 100 million albums and performed live to millions across the globe, holding the audience in the palm of his hands. The multi-talented and multi award-winning artist continues to break records with his poetic music.

When? March 8-15 | Event? Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo | Venue? Adjacent to Bahrain Fort Museum

When? April 6 | Event? Concert | Venue? Arad Fort

Dinos Come to Town Looking for a real-life Jurassic Park experience? Well we’ve got just the thing for you. The Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo is bringing in prehistoric creatures to the Kingdom for your personal viewing. From cute baby dinos to teeth-gnashing giants, this petting zoo is like no other. The creations come to life in an eye-popping display so don’t miss the opportunity to feed, water and care for these extinct marvels.

When? March 23 | Event? Concert | Venue? Arad Fort

Into the Blues Enjoy a collection of many musical colours wrapped in the unique and expressive style that is Melody Gardot’s most recent body of work, The Absence. The American born Singer/songwriter Gardot champions many humanitarian causes and has been creating a blend of jazz infused music for the past decade, catching the eye of major record labels with the 2008 release of her album Worrisome Heart. Her grief-stricken yet inspirational road to stardom has made create music that has achieves critical acclaim.

When? March 15 | Event? Concert | Venue? Arad Fort

Entertainer of the Century Dubbed as the French Frank Sinatra, the famed romantic, chanson tenor Charles Aznavour has penned more than 800 songs, recorded more than 1000 of them in French, English, German and Spanish and sold over 100 million records in all. His songs have been recorded by an astonishing array of performers such as Andrea Bocelli, Bob Dylan, Sting and Elvis Costello. The singer, who frequently sings about love, is known for his distinctive voice, clear and ringing in its upper reaches, with profound lower notes.

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happeningsthismonth When? Throughout March | Event? Fashion campaign | Venue? Bahrain City Centre


Shop and Win Spring is all about summer dresses and fresh attire, so grab your credit cards, put on you shopping shoes and head to the mall — you might have amazing prizes waiting for you.

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It is that time of the year again for some much needed spring cleaning, and what better way to usher in the breezy new season than by going on a fully fledged shopping spree. Bahrain City Centre is inviting stylish and fashion-forward shoppers of all ages to join in on all kinds of retail fun at the Spring Fashion campaign. If you, like many other busy women, didn’t have time for a New Year makeover, this month’s festivities will definitely have you made over from head to toe. The variety of activities range from exclusive shopping promotions, complementary hair and beauty demos, a special Mother’s Day Zumba fitness party and exciting chances to win BD13,000 in shopping sprees. In line with the retail therapy theme, the mall’s central galleria will be converted into a seasonal display and feature the brightest and most on trend Spring colours. Shoppers that spend BD30 in one day are eligible for the chance to win one of 10 BD1,000 in gift cards to be given away. If you want to win big, you can double your chances of winning by shopping in any of the fashion stores. These outlets include men’s, ladies and unisex fashion, optical, footwear, leather goods, lingerie, watches, sports, accessories and jewellery. What’s more? If you present a loved one with a minimum of BD30 gift card, you can also get a chance to win the grand prize of BD3,000 in gift cards. All of the campaign draws will be held on the 1st of April.

All about the ladies To help us celebrate the hardworking women in our lives, a special Mother’s Day event will be held on March 16 lined up with exciting activities. Starting at 9am, a Zumba fitness party will bring together mothers and daughters for an energising, dance-inspired fitness class to encourage health and wellness for all shoppers. The free of charge event is limited to 200 participants, who will each receive a free t-shirt upon registration. For a little friendly competition, the best Zumba motherdaughter duo will win a BD100 gift card. If that’s not enough incentive, how about the indulgent Kempinski Grand Ixir Hotel 90 minute spa package? Not to disappoint the mall’s online fans, the spring fashion campaign will also be available through various social media channels. Use Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for an opportunity to win a BD50 gift card each week until the end of the month. E Visit, BahrainCityCtr or Instagram @BahrainCityCentre.

happeningsthismonth When? April 19-21 | Event? F1 | Venue? Bahrain International Circuit


Get in Gear Now in its ninth year, the Bahrain International Circuit is preparing for the Kingdom’s most anticipated sporting event — it’s getting time for F1 again!

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The annual F1 spectacle will take place from April 19-21 at ‘the home of motor-sport in the Middle East’, the Bahrain International Circuit. With a turnout of 70,000 spectators last year, and even more expected for 2013, the excitement is building exponentially day by day. “We aim to create memories that people will cherish for the rest of their lives,” said BIC chief executive officer Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa at the first press conference in preparation of this year’s F1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. Among the major announcements, Shaikh Salman revealed this year’s official slogan: ‘Imagine Your Moment’. This reflects the anticipation of the weekend and also of the memories attendees are sure to create at this year’s event. But it isn’t just about the Formula 1 at the Grand Prix. Fans will be treated to an action-packed roster of international support races, including once again the highly popular singleseater championship — the GP2 Series — and many more. As it is every year, the stadium will be an absolute hive of activity. Spectators will be able to enjoy a whole host of premium entertainment, ranging from musical performances to stage shows and mesmerising acts. Also on offer are a selection of carnival rides, parlour games and exceptional exhibitions. Entertainers from across the globe are turning up for the Grand Prix, bringing artists from countries

like France, Kenya, Mexico, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, China and India to name a few. One of the highlights in terms of entertainment will be the spectacular children’s area. There will be a large tent catering specifically for the kids, plus so much more to do the whole weekend. Securing tickets Tickets are available for purchase from the various grandstands located around the BIC: the Main Grandstand, the University Grandstand, the Turn One Grandstand, Batelco Grandstand and the Victory Grandstand. You can also pick them up from the BIC booths at the Bahrain City Centre and Seef Mall, and even at the BIC Welcome Centre located at the circuit entrance. Tickets can be purchased for all three days of the race weekend or for Race Day alone. Three-day ticket holders get exclusive bonuses not available to single-day passes. Those wishing for a more luxurious experience can purchase tickets from the Gulf Air Club lounge, allowing you to view the race from a luxury tent. So, with only few weeks remaining until the race, BIC invites you to come on down and imagine your own very special moment. E Call 17 450-000 or visit

Benefit from innovative ideas that inspire Want to know about the latest in cloud computing, social media, digital innovation, open data and more? Participate in the Bahrain International eGovernment Forum 2013 and hear about it all straight from international experts. With a series of workshops and an exhibition on the latest online thinking from the region to benefit from, prepare to be inspired at a forum that will open your mind to a world of possibilities and innovation.

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happeningsthismonth SEEF MALL

Show Your Appreciation Are you in a rut trying to decide what to buy your mother on her special day? Why not go all out and offer her a whole shopping spree?

It is that time of the year again to show the most important person in your life what she really means to you. This year you can do just that by offering her a the retail experience of her life. Seef Mall has a special Mother’s Day gift card created specifically for this celebration. The limited edition card, which can be used at either Seef Mall or Isa Town Mall, is the ideal gesture to show your mom that she deserves to be spoilt — and spoilt for choice is what she will be with this brand-new campaign. Offering versatility, convenience and complete freedom, she can shop to her heart’s content at any of the participating shops and brands. Available for purchase at the malls’ customer service desks, the cards store a pre-set amount of money in denominations starting from BD5 with no extra service charge. They offer the safety and security of a traditional gift card with the flexibility of a debit card. It’s the simple, flexible and secure way to give the gift of endless possibilities. “We are excited to offer this very special limited edition gift card, designed specifically for this day. It is the ultimate gift that mothers will surely love as it puts the nation’s best retailers at their fingertips. The cards are redeemable in most shops at both malls, including restaurants, electronics, home appliances, cosmetics, perfumes, clothing, jewellery and more,” says Robert Addison, general manager of Seef Properties. E Call 17 581-111.

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happeningsthismonth When? March 13-14 | Event? Stand-up comedy | Venue? British Club/InterContinental Regency Hotel

Hoot of a Night Looking for a night out with great gags and killer punch lines? We’ve got just the thing for you as three world-recognised comedians hit the stage.

Organised by Punchline Media, this month’s comedy show is held under the theme ‘Easter Eggstravaganza’, featuring Jarlath Regan, Diane Spencer and Joe Lycett. Jarlath, the award-winning comedian, writer and star of Irish hit show The Panel, has gained a reputation for his uplifting, inventive and relentless humour. A finalist in both the BBC and C4 comedy awards, he was the first stand-up to record a live album in Dublin’s Comedy Cellar, the venue that gave birth to the likes of Dara O’Brien and Dylan Moran. Diane, on the other hand, is a hilarious storyteller, who has a mouth like a sailor. Compared to Joan Rivers and Sarah Millican, this English comedienne slices her way through social boundaries with a sword of breathtaking honesty. She has performed at comedy festivals in New Zealand, the UK and Australia, including the prestigious Melbourne International Comedy Festival. With a Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award ‘best newcomer’ nomination under his belt, it’s no secret that Joe Lycett is a hugely talented up-and-coming comedian with a relaxed and effortless stage presence. He has appeared on C4’s 8 out of 10 Cats, BBC’s Never Mind the Buzzcocks and E4’s Dirty Digest. Joe can often be heard as a guest on Richard Bacon’s programme on BBC Radio 5 Live and on Scott Mills’ and Nick Grimshaw’s programmes on BBC Radio 1. Tickets for the event are available for BD15 and can be bought online or from Virgin Megastore in Bahrain City Centre. E Call 36 663-509 or visit


Amwaj Marina Market Amwaj Islands hosted its first outdoor market of the season at the Amwaj Marina last month and showcased various products, such as vintage clothes, handmade jewellery, art works, traditional art and crafts, clothes made by local designers, cupcakes, skin products as well quirky and fun gifts Fernanda, Cecilia & Martin

Ils, Yves, Alexander & Noukie

DJ Zoie & Kim

Robert, Joseph, Sara & Richard

Aysha & Sara

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Aqeela, Veronica, Aysha, Maha, Lumi & Tina

Rose & Dimitris

Rooki & Zayn

Fernanda, Francine & Paulina


Gea & Renee


Joelle & Nour



happeningsthismonth When? March 19-21 | Event? Education exhibition | Venue? Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre

Keep Your Options Open The Kingdom’s biggest education exhibition is back again, providing the ideal opportunity for students to discover their best educational options.

Bahrain Education and Training International Exhibition (Edutex) gathers top educational authorities, colleges, universities and institutions from across the world under one roof. Over 70 institutions from 10 countries will showcase their wares to prospective students of the Kingdom and the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Increasing the number of participants by 25 per cent for 2013, Edutex has established a reputation as source of relevant information for anyone seeking higher education as well as internships and career planning programmes. With nearly 11,000 visitors last year, the exhibition was well received by those attending as well as the exhibitors. “The exhibition focuses on the overall development of an individual, starting from the educational level to the point where he or she becomes a working professional,” says Basheer Najjar, executive director of Global Link. “In the light of globalisation, significant changes both in the field of education as well as the job market have taken place in terms of expectations, requirements and developments. This leaves individuals with lots of options and most certainly with a lot of questions. We strive to make this edition the event that answers all these queries.” The organisers aim to provide opportunities appropriate for all students’ learning and continued education needs by lining up face-to-face meetings with international experts. E Visit


Turkish Ambassador Reception HE Ahmed Ulker, Turkish Ambassador, hosted a reception to bid farewell to Cimen Keskin, Representative of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Trade & Tourism Office. The event was held at HE's residence in Saar last month HE Ahmed Ulker & Cimen Keskin

Sinan & Mustafa

Emre, Fikret & Cuneyt

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Rengin, Selda & Ozlem

Mustafa & Fatima

Cimen & Sabha

Khalid Almoayed & Cimen

Feyza & Begun

Ekram, Eengiz, Cetin & Tolga


Anil, Sarala & Joshua

Nadi, Mehmad, Yaqoob & Ekram

happeningsthismonth When? March 30 | Event? Amwaj Marina Market | Venue? Amwaj Islands AMWAJ MARINA MARKET

Bargaining Bonanza Head outdoors and don’t let the ambient weather pass you by before we get into the warm summer months.

The Amwaj Marina Market has kicked off its third season in style, proving its position as one of the great outdoor shopping experiences the island has to offer. “This year’s market debut was amazing, not only because we sold out with regards to stalls, but also because people came from all over Bahrain to attend. The hype is great,” says marketing manager at Amwaj Islands, Nouf Al-Pachachi. Offering visitors a unique and fun bargaining experience, the market has become a regular affair for families. Goods on offer this month include clothing, vintage pieces, furniture, handmade jewellery, delicious cupcakes and crêpes. Home accessories are also a staple at each event — don’t miss the assortment of traditional arts and crafts. Shoppers can also get a bite to eat from the number of delicious food stalls available at the venue, including some tantalising home-made cakes and savouries. The little ones can also enjoy a host of games and activities, including face painting and a bouncing castle. The markets are scheduled to be held throughout the cooler season on the last Saturday of each month, weather permitting. Stalls are rented out for a competitive price and can be shared. Registration and table booking is still available and can be done via email. E Email


Lexus Media Gathering Ebrahim K Kanoo & Lexus hosted an exclusive Lexus media gathering, which was followed by lunch and a test drive of selected Lexus models. The event was held at Bushido Restaurant, Seef Area


Nick, David & Henry

Sunil, Nadim & Bisan

Charlie sets off on a test drive

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George & Charlie

Sayed, Bisan, Zaid, Suaid & Sunil

Mandeep, Ebrahim & Mohammed

Taslee, Sharid, Manichan & Andhu


Ana Maria & Vincent

Quality never goes out of style. First Pulsator Agitator Washer from Frigidaire in 1947 that fully automated the washing process

Generations and styles have changed, but consumers still demand quality and reliability. Frigidaire has fulfilled those needs for 95 years while providing innovations to simplify a busy life.

happeningsthismonth When? April 16-18 | Event? Food and hospitality exhibition | Venue? Bahrain International Convention and Exhibition Centre

Food for Thought The vibrant food and hospitality industry comes under the spotlight in April, showcasing the Kingdom’s potential as a regional hub for players in this market. The Bahrain Exhibition and Conference Authority (BECA) will host the fifth instalment of its own Food and Hospitality Expo from April 16-18 this year at the Bahrain International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Among the local companies to have confirmed their participation this year is Al Meer Distribution, a division of the Al Meer Group. “Al Meer Distribution has been operating since 1985, delivering a raft of renowned regional and international brands of food and beverages and non-food items to the Kingdom,” says Aasem Al Meer, managing director of the Al Meer Group. “Our portfolio of brands includes Al Ain mineral water, Al Alali food products and Nabil quality meat, as well as household brands from countries such as Germany and Italy.” The Food & Hospitality Expo is the country’s premier business-to-business networking opportunity for these professionals, where those attending are able to exchange ideas and views about the latest consumer trends, marketing tools and technologies to expand their businesses across the GCC. “The Kingdom of Bahrain has a long-standing and well-deserved reputation for offering some of the region’s finest hospitality,” says Hassan Jaffar Mohamed, BECA’s chief executive officer. “Combine this with its excellent position as the most accessible gateway to the region’s largest marke place, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as the neighbouring countries such as Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates, and you will easily see why the Food & Hospitality Expo is so important to industry players.” Admission to the three-day show, which is open daily from 10am to 7pm, is free. E Visit


A&E Fine Vintage Tasting At Lanterns A&E held a tasting of some fine vintage at the new Lanterns Restaurant in Adliya

Kate, Lalit, Shelley & Peter

Murthy, Peter, Jim, Shelley, Mithi & Eric


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Shelley, Richard & Kate

Omran, Karina, Omran & Shelley

Francesco, Omran, Shelley, Ron & Panos

Chawla, Ashish, Navneet & Sonik

Jayne & Lalit Kapur

Hareesh, Santosh & Nitul

Rejoy & Aiden


happeningsthismonth When? April 16-18 | Event? Health and wellness exhibition | Venue? Bahrain International Convention and Exhibition Centre

A Case for Wellbeing The health and wellness market continues to offer a host of new ideas for both consumers and those wishing to invest in the industry. See what’s in store at this exhibition.

The third instalment of the annual Health & Wellness Expo, organised by the Bahrain Exhibition and Conference Authority (BECA), takes place from April 16-18. Admission to the threeday show, which is open daily from 10am to 7pm, is free. While pitched primarily at the consumer market and to residents not just in Bahrain but across the GCC, the exhibition who wish to promote their businesses, including fitness clubs and spas, to the public. There also be a variety of live demos. “Bahrain is home to a wide variety of businesses involved in the health services segment and we hope the expo will serve as a platform to raise the profile of their brands and to develop new opportunities for revenue growth,” says BECA chief executive officer, Hassan Jaffar Mohamed. The healthcare industry in the Kingdom operates to some of the highest and most professional standards in the region; as such it provides an opportunity for consumers to widen their horizons and to see what options are available to them. Equally, by bringing together professionals from around the world within the health and wellness market, BECA will use the exhibition to promote Bahrain as the regional hub for their businesses. “Our aim is to promote a holistic lifestyle that makes a positive contribution in our day-to-day living,” adds Hassan. “By increasing awareness of the opportunities available to consumers, the Health & Wellness Expo seeks to encourage everyone to adopt a healthy life.” E Visit


Mitsubishi Lancer Fortis Launch Mitsubishi’s new Lancer Fortis was launched in Bahrain by Zayani Motors, the exclusive dealers of Mitsubishi vehicles in the kingdom. The launch was held at the Bahrain City Centre

Rizwan, Shabana, Pramod & Koji

Reem & Ali


Sameer, Hameed & Jaffer


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happeningsartsculture When? Throughout March | Event? Cultural exhibitions and events | Venue? Bab Al Bahrain

When? Throughout March Event? Cultural exhibitions Venue? Bab Al Bahrain Check out a first of its kind openair market showcasing local artists. E Call 17 001-908.

When? March 2-31 Event? Exhibition Venue? World Beat Café Lena Dajani’s exhibition captures the sheer wonder of Tanzania. E Call 17-612-576. When? March 3-23 Event? Exhibition Venue? Shaikh Ebrahim Centre Photographer Ghada Khunji returns for a new exhibition. E Call 17-322-549.

Creativity Explored Bahrain has no shortage of budding artists and this month the Manama Capital of Tourism 2013 is shedding some light on the island’s young creative minds. Calling all designers, writers, chefs, inventors and anyone who appreciates art — the BAB Market is one extravaganza you won’t want to miss. The all-new contemporary outdoor market will feature Bahrain-based artists and designers from all fields displaying their locally made products. The market aims to revive the atmosphere of the Souq Al Manama and its surrounding areas. Organisers also hope to provide a great platform for youngsters who have something unique to offer. The month-long event will feature 20 stalls during each weekend where each vendor will offer unique products that range from original artworks and jewellery to postcards and t-shirts. The open-air festival will include a series of workshops and activities together with an onsite gallery featuring local work and a fun kids’ programme to keep the little ones occupied. Live music will also fill up the atmosphere along with special one-off events like theatre performances and concerts. Learn a thing or two Among the many public workshops lined up this month is Apprenticeship, led by artist George Rahi where individuals

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learn about Bicycle Arpeggio. By using bicycles as raw materials, the course explores musical instrument design through unconventional means. Musical qualities lie in all objects and with an understanding of the principles of acoustics, common objects can be re-imagined and re-constructed into a dynamic instrument. So if you are interested in building something musical from scratch, then this workshop is for you. Ever wanted to explore the field of fashion designing or illustrating? To be held on March 2 and 30, Hamra Alam will teach families how to use simple mediums to create fast fashion sketches that evoke creativity. Hamra specialises in Arabian silhouettes with contemporary styles and boasts an array of designs for today’s self-assured fashion-forward woman. With her one-of-a-kind cuts and rare styles, she has impressed the fashion industry with a distinctive line that can be passed on from generation to generation. Her timeless collections include capes, kaftans, cocktail dresses and sophisticated clothing for men and fairytale dresses for girls. Market-goers will also get to learn about the Middle Eastern perfume heritage in a special course by Dr Valerie Lovisa on March 15 and 16. The workshop will focus on the impact of the region in perfumery and will also allow participants to learn how to develop and formulate their own attar. E Call 17 001-908.

When? March 3 Event? Exhibition Venue? Al Riwaq Art Space Renowned Iraqi artist Haymat Mohammed Ali exhibits his latest works. E Call 17 717-441. When? March 4-16 Event? Exhibition Venue? Naqsh Art Gallery Catch solo and group calligraphy exhibitions by various artists. E Call 38 817-088. When? March 17-April 30 Event? Training session Venue? Albareh Art Gallery Albareh launches a new leadership programme for local artists. E Call 17 717-707.

When? March 20-28 Event? Exhibition Venue? Ella Art Gallery Ella Prakash showcases abstract paintings of ancient jewellery. E Call 17 292-815.

happeningsartsculture When? March 2-31 | Event? Exhibition | Venue? World Beat Café

The Wild Angle Lena Dajani debuts her first solo art exhibition in Bahrain at the World Beat Café in Janabiya. Entitled ‘Karibu Tanzania’, it captures the sheer wonder of the East African country where she lived for two years. Lena was inspired by the vibrant colours of both the natural landscape and

people of Tanzania, home to majestic Kilimanjaro. Visits to the Indian Ocean and various wildlife reserves provided her with endless material to draw upon. This free event is open to the general public; light refreshments will be served. E Call 17-612-576.

As part of Bahrain’s annual Spring of Culture Festival, award-winning New York-based photographer Ghada Khunji returns to her homeland with this fascinating new exhibition. She captures Bahrain’s unique light and beautiful shadows through architecture, people and landscape. Ghada has received numerous awards for her work, including one from the coveted fourth annual Lucie Awards, which named her ‘Discovery of the Year’. E Call 17-322-549.

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When? March 20-28 | Event? Exhibition | Venue? Ella Art Gallery

When? March 3-23 | Event? Exhibition | Venue? Shaikh Ebrahim Centre

Within The Shadows

No Limits This month the Ella Art Gallery features an exhibition of painter and founder Ella Prakash’s latest work. The theme of the display is ‘Beyond Boundaries’, featuring 20 paintings of ancient jewellery in abstract form. What’s more, 10 per cent of the entire sale proceedings will be donated to the Children and Mothers Welfare Society. E Call 17 292-815.

happeningsclubssocieties When? March 6 | Event? Lecture | Venue? Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Socialising Digitally Join Bizladies this March for a fascinating look into how the distinction between Bahrain and the digital world is becoming more and more intertwined. On March 6, ladies with a keen interest in social media are welcome to attend the Bizladies’ first event of the month, which features nursing lecturer Orla Merrigan’s talk on the use of social media in Bahrain’s education system. The study began when Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), a leading medical university in the Kingdom, undertook the first mass CPR training programme, in which they trained 300 members of the public in one day. All participants also completed an anonymous questionnaire for research purposes. The topic of social media was featured within the questionnaire, with the aim of finding out how often people access popular networking websites, and if they used them to find information regarding health. Today, there are approximately 337,820 Facebook users in Bahrain; Twitter reported a tripling of their active user base in the Middle East in the past 12 months alone. How is the increasing use of social media affecting Bahrain? Moreover, is it for better or worse? These are just some of the topics Orla Merrigan intends to cover. “Social media can be harmful if used incorrectly. However there are many positive benefits of using it,” she says. “It’s being touted by some as the new public relations king. In

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relation to healthcare and education, it is imperative that we keep up with these advances in technology.” Whatever your opinion on the matter, there’s no doubt that social media is booming in the island. In the past six months, more than 74,040 new members signed up to Facebook, with the largest age group ranging from 25-34, with a total of 158,400 users. One interesting aspect is the integration of social media within business. This is something which Orla believes overall to be a very fruitful endeavour. “I think that if companies are technology savvy, they will be utilising social media to enhance their business network and also use it to reach their customer base,” she says. “It is an excellent marketing tool, demonstrated most recently in Bahrain where the first 15 sales of a particular vehicle were booked and sold online.” Her studies indicate that more than 85 per cent of participants questioned access websites more than five times a week, with 40 per cent accessing them over 20 times per week. She also found that 53 per cent claimed they had used them to access health-related information However, her research is just a snapshot into the intriguing world of social media in Bahrain. If you wish to find out more, or perhaps question the matter, then head over to RCSI building; the event begins at 8.30am. Non-members are also welcome to attend, for a charge of BD20. E Call 39 922-642.

A Festive March Mark your calendar for a series of celebrations as the Bahrain Rugby Football Club (Bahrain RFC) lines up all kinds of events this month. March 1 will see the club hosting the Bahrain Acoustic Music Group for a session of traditional and contemporary tunes. On the same day, the club also plays host to the annual Rotary Club Charity Football Tournament, where funds will be raised to aid several local charities. For a little rugby action, catch the local team facing old rivals Jebel Ali Dragons on March 8 in a match that could decide the fate of this year’s league title. Keeping up with the festivities, the Bahrain RFC once again teams up with the Irish Society to celebrate their favourite patron saint on March 15. E Call 39 865-478.

Under the umbrella of the Royal Thai embassy, the Mรถvenpick Hotel Bahrain in association with Oman air and the Mรถvenpick Hotel Chiang Mai, are delighted to bring for the 3rd time a weeklong of Thai food and culture to Bahrain. An exquisite Thai buffet at BD15.000++ per person is prepared at the exotic garden overlooking the sprawling lagoon. Every night, enjoy the Thai dance performance, from the 24th until the 31st of March 2013 staring at 7:00pm onwards. For more information or reservation call +973 17460000.

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happeningskidsteens When? March 15 | Event? Convention | Venue? Bahrain International Circuit

Eclectic Customs The world of Japanese pop culture is fascinating. This month, their attractive artwork takes our island by storm. If you thought that the comic, anime and gaming market was made up only of geeky teens sporting nerdy glasses and a wardrobe to match, think again. Don’t believe us? Head over to one of the region’s fastest growing conventions to see for yourself. Once again fans of all ages can play videogames, compete in tournaments, win prizes, buy goodies and take part in all kinds of activities at Bahrain’s largest anime and manga celebration. Animania, the Kingdom’s first-ever gaming convention, is back again for its third edition and organisers are promising a bigger than ever affair. With a dedicated hall for the nation’s growing gaming community, this year’s tournaments showcase FIFA 13, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and the newly added The King of Fighters. “What is exciting about this year is the response we are getting not only from Bahrain but from around the Gulf. We are expecting our biggest turn-out yet. Games and activities will be held on stage throughout the day, where participants are given opportunities to win some incredible prizes,” says co-founder Omar Abdulaziz. Fans can also expect to see some unique costumes as part of the annual cosplay competition. A first of its kind feature is the

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all-new ‘Create Your Own Cosplay’, which allows participants to display their creativity. All you have to do is make up your own superhero with an interesting back story and showcase it on stage — don’t forget to stay in character throughout. Convention-goers not only get live entertainment in the form of musical and dance performances from local groups but also get a good dose of art and culture. Organisers have set up a gallery displaying all kinds of locally made art. Artists, designers, painters and photographers are invited to send in their original pieces, be they sketches, illustrations, designs or photographs, and have them displayed during the exhibition. If you are looking for a break, Animania offers a market experience where vendors from around the Gulf will showcase a variety of goods and services. “This year, we have decided to introduce the element of comic books. We are incorporating DC, Marvel and a whole range of comics into the show to broaden our spectrum,” he adds. The first Animania was held in November 2010 where Omar and co-founders Samar Almeer and Ahmed Al-Kooheji decided to bring together anime and gaming fans under one roof. Little did they know that there were so many of them! E Visit

Science Wonders Bahrain Science Centre hosts an exciting array of activities under the theme ‘Desert Life and Horticulture in Bahrain’. Talks, science shows, workshops, debates and experiments will be held throughout the month. Professor Mike Bruton will give an interesting lecture on various topics, including one on how the bicycle is the most efficient vehicle ever invented. The professor will also discuss the coelacanth, a fish that time forgot, at the College of Science in the University of Bahrain. The centre is an interactive educational facility that targets children, youth and families. It features six exhibition galleries, an auditorium, four laboratories and a café-shop. E Call 17 686-466.

happeningsthismonth When? March 20-23 | Event? Theatre production | Venue? The British School of Bahrain

In the Name of Love The island’s theatrical talents bring to life what is arguably one of the most famed productions in American culture. Nothing depicts American theatre like a Broadway musical and one particular show soars above others as one of the greatest love stories of all time. Next month, Music and Stage for Kids (MASK) puts on a whirlwind production of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. The modern musical adaptation, loosely based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, is set in New York and explores the lives of two youngsters from rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. Tony (a former Jet) falls in love with Maria (the sister of the leader of the Sharks), leaving them to face the world they know alone, but together. With a spectacular musical score, stunning dance routines and strong dramatic scenes, West Side Story has proved to be an endearing hit with fans. MASK, a part of the Academy of Performing Arts at The British School of Bahrain (BSB), has earned a growing reputation among theatre lovers on the island. Their shows are characterised by a combination of energy, enthusiasm and professionalism. Most productions boast actors, singers and dancers from a variety of schools, cultures and backgrounds. Under the direction of Danny Furness, Hayley Furness and Lydia Martin, it promises to be another spectacular event. Danny is a music and drama specialist and is the head of music at BSB while his wife Hayley recently took up the post as head of drama at the school. Lydia has taught at the school since 2011. The production team is joined by local choreographer Louise Chapman from Ballare Studio. E Call 17 610-973.


Kristina's Birthday Party Kristina celebrated her 7th birthday with family and her friends at the British Club last month


Kristina gets ready to cut her cake

Dermot, Kristina & Joyce

Flor, Joyce, Bless, Maricel, Shirley & Ana

Cailen shows his moves

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Maya, Kaya & Kristina

Sean & Kristina

Toni, Sandra & Kina

Porn, Vincent & Bless

James & Emmanuel

happeningssportsrecreation When? March 28-April 6 | Event? Golf festival | Venue? Awali Golf Club

When? Throughout March Event? Football tournament Venue? Shaikh Khalifa Sports City Sixteen teams participate in Shaikh Nasser Football Cup. E Call 17 754-442. When? Throughout March Event? Tennis tournament Venue? Bahrain Tennis Federation courts The Filipino Club Tennis Group organises the Chairman’s Cup. E Call 39 527-587. When? Throughout March Event? Training programme Venue? Shaikh Khalifa Sports City Opportunity for your children to learn how to swim. E Call 17 878-468. When? March 1-8 Event? Snooker tournament Venue? Bapco Club The fifth BBK Team Tournament wraps up without a queue! E Call 39 62-777.

Awali Golf Club opening competition, September 1963

Celebrating Milestones Get your chequered sweaters out of the closet and head on down to the Awali Golf Club as they celebrate a series of significant feats, including their 75th anniversary. This month, golfing fans are in for a treat as the club goes all out to mark its 75th anniversary with a carnival spirit. The Festival of Golf brings in pros from all over the globe to take part in a chain of daily championships. Featuring six competitions on their legendary 18-hole sand course, the event will be highlighted by the 25th edition of the Bahrain Ladies’ Open and the 50th edition of the Bahrain Open. Both competitions are expected to bring in a large number of participants from the GCC and Europe, cementing Awali’s stance as one of the premium golfing centres in the entire region. Organisers expect around 80 applicants for the ladies’ competition to be held on March 29 and around 120 for the men’s. To be held on March 6, the highly anticipated Bahrain Open is a staple tournament among the region’s golfing enthusiasts. The 36-hole gross stroke-play competition is open to both professional and amateur players. This year sees defending and three-time champion Andrew Marshall try to reclaim his title. Players will be competing for the top 10 positions, a prize money of BD1,500 and a variety of other awards and gifts. Other featured championships will include the Invitational Stableford, the Captain’s Day, Mixed Open and the Corporate Day challenges. Adding to the celebration off the course, Awali Club will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the esteemed clubhouse’s construction.

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When? March 3-13 Event? Women’s games Venue? Various locations The region’s best female athletes battle it out for top honours. E Visit or When? March 8 Event? Race Venue? Al Areen Wildlife Park Put on your running shoes for another Bahrain Road Runners’ race. E Visit When? March 21 Event? Cricket tournament Venue? Indian Club Seven-a-side softball cricket tournament is sure to be great fun. E Call 36 367-143.

“This is a huge affair and it’s a wonderful coincidence that all these landmark events are happening at the same time. We couldn’t have planned it any better even if we went back in time! The Festival of Golf is an extremely significant spectacle for the Kingdom of Bahrain, for Bapco and of course the club itself,” says club captain Andy McAlpine. 75 years of history The Awali golf course is the oldest in the Middle East; built in the 1930s by oil workers. Operated by Bapco, popular belief is that the club achieved its official recognition as a sporting facility in 1952 and is said to boast the longest playing history in the GCC region. A full history of committee members can be traced back to the early ‘50s. It includes celebrated players with holes dedicated to their names on today’s course. The club has hosted an impressive roster of championship events.

When? March 25-30 Event? Table Tennis tournament Venue? Bahrain Tennis Club It’s all ping-pong as this small version of tennis gets underway. E Call 36 333-720. When? March 28-April 6 Event? Golf festival Venue? Awali Golf Club Join in the celebrations as this veteran turns 75. E Visit

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happeningsthismonth When? March 3-13 | Event? Women’s games | Venue? Various locations

Own the Podium The region’s top female athletes are put under the spotlight as they go head to head in a series of exciting tournaments.

This month will see our island hosting the third edition of the prestigious GCC Women’s Games, bringing some of the best teams under one roof. Featuring the highest number of sports compared to previous years, the line-up consists of eight competitions in total. Volleyball, basketball, bowling, athletics, disabled athletics, table tennis, shooting and taekwondo make up the games to be played. Organisers have upped the ante this year when it comes to the number of participants, with an astounding 920 athletes battling it out. The sporting extravaganza’s opening ceremony will take place at the Khalifa Sports City, where the disabled athletics games will be held as well. The Isa Town Sports City will host the taekwondo, table tennis, volleyball and basketball competitions, while the bowling championship is set to take place at Sitra Mall’s Ozone Entertainment Centre. Shooting games will get under way at the Bahrain Shooting Association in Sakhir. Among the many aims of the competitions is the target to pave way to a new era of women’s sports in the region as well as to maintain the principles of sportsmanship, tolerance and fair games. Headed by the women’s board chairwoman of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, Shaikha Haya bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa, the organisers hope to foster a sense of collaboration and unity. Held every two years, the games have previously been hosted by the UAE and Kuwait. E Visit or


Mala Kumar Luncheon Mala Kumar, wife of HE Mohan Kumar, Indian Ambassador, hosted a ladies luncheon at her residence last month Reena, Mala Kumar, Sunada & Jayshree

Shanthini, Nalini & Ashalatha

Rekha, Sejal & Jayshree

Asha & Meera

Mala & Vani

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Mala Kumar & friends


GMC Acadia & Chevrolet Traverse Launch National Motor Company (NMC), the dealer of General Motors in Bahrain, held an event to mark the launch of the 2013 models of GMC Acadia and the Chevrolet Traverse. The event was held at the Bahrain City Centre last month

Stephanie, Abdulla, David, Yhen, Ghassan, Mohanna & Helen

Stephanie & Helen pose with the GMC Traverse

Eman, Maya, Andrea & Sara

David & Mohanna

The all-new GMC Acadia

Hussain, David & Hussain

Dancers who performed at the event with NMC managers

Stephanie & Helen


Ghassan & Abdulla

Reem & Yhen


Hassan & Hussain


Samsung Smart PC Launch Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, in association with Bin Hind Informatics W.L.L. the sole distributor for Samsung mobiles, laptops and printers in Bahrain announced the availability of its new ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro, based on the Windows 8 operating system, in Bahrain. The event held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Bahrain was attended by Samsung Gulf Electronics notebooks business head Denzil D'Souza & Bin Hindi officials

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Momen, Subramaniam, A. Aziz Bin Hindi, Denzil D'Souza & Raj Varma

Raj Varma


Honda Accord Launch National Motor Company, sole distributors of Honda vehicles in the kingdom held a ceremony to mark the launch of the 2013 Honda Accord. The car, described by its designers as ‘the most sculpted ever Accord’ was launched at the National Motor Company showroom in Sitra last month

Jihad, Ibrahim, Abdulla Alwedaei & Ibrahim

Jaber, Mohammed & Ibrahim

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Ghassan, Jameel, Amina, Anastasia, Abdulla & Ibrahim

Khalil, Ali & Mohammed

Hari, Shanavas, Girish & Vinod

Ripin, Osama & Hussain

Adel, Hazim & Amina

Amna, Asya & Aida

Yousif, Khalid & Mohammed


Jaber, Mohammed & Ibrahim



Ibrahim, Noof & Jalal

Mohammed & Qassim


Ghassan & Mayukh


Amina & Anastasia with the new Honda Accord



Shreyas & Samit


Citroen DS5 Car Launch Motorcity, the sole distributor of Citroen cars in Bahrain, has launched the all new Citroen DS5, which features contemporary design and cutting-edge technology. The launch held at the Bahrain City Centre, was attended by HE Chistian Testot, French Ambassador, Motorcity chairman, Waleed Kanoo, company officials, guests and members of the media

Bashar, HE Christian Testot, Waleed Kanoo, Fredrick & Lino

Jamie, Mathew & Ayman

Bisen & Sunil

Bashar Darkazalli, HE Christian Testot, Waleed Kanoo, Lino Baglio & Fawaz Kanoo

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French Ambassador's Reception HE Christian Testot, French Ambassador & Mrs Testot hosted a reception to say thank you to the contributors to the charity fair that was organised by the Children and Mother's Welfare Society. The reception was held at HE's residence last month

HE Christian Testot, Mahfooda Al Zayani, Shaikha Hind & Mrs Testot

Shaikha Hind & Mrs Testot with guests

Fredric, Ziad & Waleed Sharif

Laurence & Andre

Makhle, Abdulwahab Al Hawaj & Jawad Y. Al Hawaj

Tania, Carla & Claudine

Murel & Carmen

Beatrice & Veronica

Freschi & Christophe

Charlotte & Btisam

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Toyota Avalon Car Launch Ebrahim K Kanoo, the sole distributor of Toyota and Lexus in Bahrain, unveiled the all-new 2013 Toyota Avalon, a luxury sedan. The launch was held at the Toyota Car Showroom in Sitra last month

The 2013 Toyota Avalon

Hayato, Ayman, Takayuki Yoshitsugu & Kosuke

Ismail Akbar & Takayuki Yoshitsugu

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Bisan & Pauline

Sunil & Kubra

Bashar Darkazalli, Fawaz Kanoo, Ismail Akbar, Fuad Kanoo & Khalid

Fuad Kanoo & Yousif Al Zayani

Ebrahim & Takayuki

Anna & Zaid

Khalil, Ismail & Abdali

Japanese Ambassador Musical Evening HE Shigeki Sumi, Japanese Ambassador & his wife Tomoko Sumi hosted a violin & piano concert at their residence last month. The musicians who performed were, Chie Ishizuka & Mana Ishizuka on violin with Midori Kanbayashi on piano Tomoko & HE Shigeki Sumi

HE Shigeki Sumi with the musicians

Mr & Mrs Abdulla Juma with Fuad Kanoo Ahmed, Tomoko & HE Shigeki Sumi & Homa

Tomoko & HE Shigeki Sumi with Mubarak Kanoo

Shaikha Hind

Shahrazad, Kaoru & Mark

Qays Zu'bi, Nasser Alarayedh, Nancy, Abdulrahman Juma & Nabeel Ajoor

Caitlin, Tomoko & HE Shigeki Sumi & Vice Admiral Miller

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Valentine's Day Dinner Celebrations Candle-lit dinners, roses, chocolates, heart-shaped balloons and more, there was love in the air as a number of people celebrated Valentine's Day. Our photographers spent the evening in a number of places around the kingdom capturing the essence of Cupid

Maki Restaurant, World Trade Centre

Phil & Karla

Aiza & Angy

Landon & Wesley

Rob & Angel

Annie & Peter

Block 338 Restaurant, Lounge & Garden, Adliya

Lucy & Hisham

Denisa, Fiona & Jacqueline

Wanye & Nimmy

Jessica & Mark

Suzie & Mark

Felicity May & Mose

Cucino Italiano Restaurant, Juffair

Christophe & Karin

Theodore & Katie

Cynthia, Joyce, Melody, JP, Catherine & Berna

Ash & Swati

Sunny & Vishakha

Sara, Mona & Amani

Sushil & Vinita

Kiki & Sherif

Kamelya & Ivan

Ismail & Guliz

Silk Restaurant, Adliya

Alistair, Arthur & Sandeep

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Craig & Suraj

Elsa & Sagar

Caroline & Hamdan


The Yellow Chilli Valentine's Roadshow The Yellow Chilli Restaurant in Seef Mall held a Valentine's Roadshow that included fun activities sponsored by 104.2 YourFM, alongwith a special menu, desserts and complimentary mocktails

Rey & Mary

Rajesh & Junaid


DJ Rohan, Hemang, Naisha, Ahan, Neha & Devang

DJ Rohan, Hemang & Devang

Kuljit & Rajesh

Remy, Dhiraj & Kristina

Pankaj & Ranjana

AJM Kooheji Change To Bridgestone Event AJM Kooheji Group - Tires and Allied Business Division declared Adel Mahdi Nasser Hasan Eid the winner of ‘Change to Bridgestone’ campaign which saw customers who changed to Bridgestone become eligible to winning a US$10,000 travel package to any destination of their choice and other exciting gifts. The offer was available in Bridgestone Truck Tyre Centre in Ma’ameer, all 3K Service Centres and select authorised Bridgestone stores

Satpathy, Vineet Mathur, Adel Mahdi Nasser Hasan Eid (Winner), Nadia, Krishna Kumar & Dileep at the prize giving

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Valentine's Day Dinner Celebrations

bystanderthismonth Rocky's Cafe, Ramee International Hotel, Juffair

Yessi & Joel

Naveen & Sujit

Janet & TJ

Kim, Sergio & Amanda

Sarah, Raven & Amanda

Prathibha & Vishwesh

Colby, Raven & John

DJ Dan

Selvy & Vince

Dalia & Yaser

K Hotel, Juffair

New Hope Valentine's couples treat

Anita & Hariharan

Karamvir & Ceilo

The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa, Diplomatic Area

Mary, Gladys, Gerard, Tina & Tiffy

Andrew & Dalla

Doris & Panos

Pete & B

Nawaf & May

Deepa & Madhav

Regina & John


Hani & Jomaya

New Lanterns Restaurant, Adliya

Greeta, Greshma & Shyam

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Lisa, Lorraine & Sarah

Neelam & Dr Ashok

Jan & Randa

Baharat Restaurant Launch The Kempinski Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre hosted a reception to launch the hotel's Baharat Restaurant, that serves contemporary Arabic cuisine

Puneet Singh with Mohammed & Anisa Dadhabhai

Hisham, Alexia, Amit & Florian

Ilhame, Yulia, Yasmeen, Maya & Katharina

May & Nada

Craig & Anna

Bjarne, Armi & Aila

Percy & Mary

Tony & Sandra

Mary, Maha & Riata

Joelle, Ghassan & Sari

Wiebke & Natalie


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Exclusive Lunch With Sir Alex Ferguson Thanks To VIVA Bahrain For the first time ever, VIVA Bahrain through its value-added Manchester United Membership Card (MUMC), awarded four lucky VIVA customers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the legendary football club manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, and have the privilege of having lunch with the Manchester United ‘boss’, one of the biggest names in the world of football

VIVA MUMC winners of the lunch with Sir Alex

VIVA winners before a Man U game with Real Madrid in Spain

eGovernment Press Meet The eGovernment Authority held a press conference to announce the details and preparations for the Bahrain International eGovernment Forum 2013, that will be held for the sixth consecutive year in Bahrain

Nawaf Abdulrahman, Mohammed Al-Qaed & Ahmed Naeem brief the members of the media

Lulwa & Eng. Abdul Majeed

Shehnaz Fayaz Art Exhibition Shehnaz Fayaz held an exhibition of her paintings titled 'Reflections' at the World Beat Fitness Centre and Café, Janabiya last month. The exhibition was opened by wellknown Bahraini artist Abbas Al Mousawi

Abbas Al Mousawi opens the exhibition

Fatima, Nadia, Nada, Irina & Eliza

Jane Goodwin, Abbas Al Mousawi, Shehnaz Fayaz & Iman Fouad

On of the artworks on display

Jane Goodwin, Abbas Al Mousawi & Shehnaz Fayaz with guests at the event

Desert Camp Get Together Roopa and a number of friends and families took advantage of a cool winter's day to enjoy themselves at a desert camp in Sakhir last month

Roopa, Alison, Ruchika, Sharon & May

Salwa, Sadaf, Munza, Aisha & Rhea

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Giselle, Viggo, Vinaly, Ria & Tiyana

Emma, Aaron & Katie

Laurice & Roopa

Amy & Oswald

Johanna & Miguel-Angel


businessthismonth When? March 5-6 | Event? Euromoney financial conference | Venue? The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa

Strategic Development Euromoney Conferences offers attendees a unique opportunity to meet and network with industrial movers and shakers. Providing a detailed analysis of Bahrain’s economy and financial services industry, Euromoney Bahrain brings together international and local delegates to discuss the region’s hottest topics. Sustainability of public finances, the development of infrastructure and the future of private banking are put under the spotlight. The platform offers an excellent opportunity for interested parties to learn from people shaping the economic future of the country and the region. “We are delighted to welcome such high profile speakers to our Bahrain conference and know that their insight and experience will enable our guests to see a truly global viewpoint on financial strategy. It is a very positive indication of the nation’s continued importance to the international financial markets and a further sign of its upward trajectory,” says Richard Banks, director of emerging markets at Euromoney. He will moderate the interactive discussion panel to be held at the event. The sessions with industry leaders focus on Bahrain’s economy and tackle subjects such as growth, job creation, regionalisation and trade development. The role of international businesses and managing the public sector balance sheet will be at centre stage along with a spotlight on the Vision 2030 initiative. Also this month

Panellists are set to include Jarmo Kotilaine, chief economist of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, and David Staples, managing director of EMEA corporate finance at Moody’s. Through the series of activities to be held, participants will meet and network with some of the leading figures in the global financial market as well as discover new companies, products and services. The line-up of international speakers includes Lord Malloch-Brown, former UN deputy secretary-general and Ralph Acampora, director of technical analysis at Altaira Wealth Management, which recently established its Middle East subsidiary. “Recent months have seen a series of encouraging economic data on Bahrain, including the upgrade from Standard & Poor’s and the estimate in the Bahrain Economic Quarterly that its economy grew by 3.9 per cent in 2012 as the recovery gains momentum. We look forward to discussing these developments and the future for the economy at the conference,” says Kamal bin Ahmed, minister of transportation and chief executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board. The first edition of the Bahrain conference was held last year with a focus on the wealth management and private banking industry. Since the late 1970s, Euromoney Conferences has run events in more than 60 countries.

When? Throughout March Event? Business quiz Venue? TBA Organisations get into a battle of wits at the all-new quiz. E Email When? March 3-6 Event? Conference Venue? Gulf Hotel Corporate social responsibility is theme of this international event. E Visit When? March 5-6 Event? Euromoney conference Venue? The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa Industry leaders gather for a discussion of regional finance issues. E Visit www. bahrain. When? March 5-6 Event? Productivity and Leadership Strategy conference Venue? Gulf Hotel Four power-packed workshops are the highlight of this conference. E Call 17 552-878. When? March 24-27 Event? Workshop Venue? Bahrain Engineering Society A technical course designed to teach the fundamentals of report writing. E Call 17 727-100.

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xxxxx I’ve always tried to boost the confidence of the staff so that they believe more in themselves and are able to shoulder additional responsibilities as they rise up the management ladder

Abdul Rahim Al Sayed

Team Player Simi Kamboj In the driver’s seat at the Golden Tulip Hotel, newly appointed general manager Abdul Rahim Al Sayed can count on an insider’s advantage in running the property.

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Abdul Rahim Al Sayed is a familiar face at the Golden Tulip in Manama. In fact, the Bahraini general manager was the one who raised the Golden Tulip flag at the property back in January 2006, when the change of guard from Hilton was effected. In recent years, the Golden Tulip chain has been expanding aggressively in MENA and is looking to double its hotel portfolio in the region over the next four years. “The management is very approachable and the owners are completely in harmony with the management, which is crucial,” says Abdul Rahim of his seven-year stint with the group.

The main strength of the Manama property lies in its central location and extremely friendly staff. Abdul Rahim, for his part, is passionate about training personnel and developing the next line of managers, who will take over the reins in the coming years. He is proud to note that three of his understudies from the Delmon International Hotel are now general managers and departmental heads at various five-star hotels in Bahrain. “I’ve always tried to boost the confidence of the staff so that they believe more in themselves and are able to shoulder additional responsibilities as they rise up the management ladder,” he says. The hospitality business is gradually getting back on track in Bahrain, but players will need to do more to better their performance. As an A-division footballer in his youth, Abdul Rahim is a firm believer in team play, be it on the sports field or within his chosen profession. “Running a hotel is a matter of precise teamwork more than anything else. No matter how well one department performs, the guests won’t be happy if the performance of another is a let-down,” he notes. The new general manager will have oversight of the hotel’s ongoing refurbishment exercise, which is being carried out in a staggered manner. While the lobby, coffee shop and two floors have been retouched already, mock-ups for the third floor are now being readied, and then the banquet hall will be spruced up. Banqueting is one area where the hotel has untapped potential for growth and the coming months will see enhanced efforts in marketing the weddings and outdoor catering segment. The food and beverage offerings may be slightly reworked to introduce more theme and event-based nights. Having spent over 25 years across various segments of the hospitality business, Abdul Rahim worked at properties as diverse as the Chelsea Holiday Inn in London and the Hilton in Cairo before Bahrain beckoned. Being a Bahraini general manager, he feels he is well poised to serve the GCC guests who form the core of his clientele. “The GCC customers are always happy and more comfortable to see locals in operation at Bahrain hotels. Being a small island, relationships forged here tend to last a lifetime,” he says.

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Expanding Visibility xxxxx Clients have started to believe more in Bahrain TV as interest in local news and in the local economy has built up in recent times

Patrick Aoun

Simi Kamboj Those who argued that this was not the best time to invest in the media space in Bahrain should think again, as this prominent company explains.

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Group Plus Media’s foray into the Bahrain market way back in 2006 was a relatively low-key affair, despite being one of the largest suppliers of media space in the Middle East. Starting off with three radio stations and 19 billboards in the Kingdom, the Lebanon-based company pursued the slow and steady route to growth, until the turbulence of 2011 set the entire market awry. “We had weathered the global financial crisis relatively well until 2011, when marketing budgets were heavily slashed across the Kingdom. But we continued to believe in Bahrain and its potential,” recalls Patrick Aoun, general manager for Group Plus Media in Bahrain. The company went against the grain and invested heavily last year, acquiring the advertising concession for the Information Affairs Authority (IAA), which includes all Bahrain TV and radio stations as well as the authority’s official website. Group Plus now has in its kitty four radio stations and four television channels, in addition to 60 billboards and over 700

lamp post faces. Besides the IAA website, the company has also invested in the upcoming portal of the Arabic publication Huna Al Bahrain. For Patrick, operating in a changed environment brings its own set of challenges, but he believes their offerings are uniquely poised to meet the most demanding clientele. “Quality-wise, our presence and locations are among the best. After the financial crisis of 2008, clients have been spending only 20 to 30 per cent of their prior marketing budget, but they want high exposure for what they spend. Our policy is to offer a quality location and spot that the client cannot possibly refuse,” he observes. The company’s region-wide strategy of treating advertising agencies and media-buying units as partners rather than clients, and protecting their interest, has contributed largely to their success, he feels. While the company’s outdoor operations have long been stable since the beginning, it took a couple of years to get the desired levels with the radio stations, until they became a must for all media plans. Clients have now started making annual commitments to the stations. Personally, Patrick has trained his sights on developing the television channels, especially Bahrain TV, to remain a feasible platform throughout the year, outside the Ramadan season. “Clients have started to believe more in Bahrain TV as interest in local news and in the local economy has built up in recent times,” he notes. “Our market research reports have predicted great potential for Bahrain TV, which was rated the third best television channel in the region, behind MBC 1 and MBC2. The challenge now is to get loyal clients and viewership throughout the year.” IAA has started to introduce high levels of entertainment programmes which have become popular not only among Bahrainis but in the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia as well. As the outlook for the year remains promising, Patrick foresees the company expanding its reach in Bahrain. “We offer our clients a full media mix ranging from the outdoor to the online platforms, providing a higher coverage and a wider targeted reach. We will continue to expand this reach; the more the market environment helps, the better,” he says.

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LuLu Hypermarket Indian Festival The ‘Celebrating India 2013’ festival at LuLu Hypermarket, was inaugurated by HE Mohan Kumar, Indian Ambassador at Ramli Mall last month. The event featured, a grand food mela featuring regional cuisines of India, dancers, magicians, a puppeteer and a fashion show

HE Mohan Kumar cuts the celebratory cake

Muriel, Jason, Suzana, Elton, Norita, Winnie, Pearl, Jayesh, Karen, Treshon & Savio

Rajkumari, Chitra, Hema & Ramya

Arya & Arsha

Sunatha, Reena & Anita

Musu, Tusu & Boo

Juzer, Nalini & Kaleem

Bharti, Hansul & Usha

Kalpana & Sangeetha

Jitendra & Aryan

Mohammed & Musa


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Dinner Hosted For Timken Bearings Bahrain A dinner party was hosted for Timken Bearings Bahrain officials and a number of guests last month



Lembye, Chris, Subesh & Younis

Raj, Shubha, Mala, Wendy, HE Mohan Kumar, Indian Ambassador & Jaap

Issa, Ingrid, Aserule, Arpita & Ashish

Christina & Filippo

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Zeenat, Isa & Shandra




Marco & Raffaele

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Muneera, Dorothy & Urvashi

Sergey & Nadia

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Suzuki Grand Vitara Launch Mohammed Jalal & Sons Automotive Division, sole dealers for Suzuki vehicles in the kingdom held a launch event for the new-look 2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara. The event was held at the Suzuki Showroom in Khamis

Salim Al Khaja, Ian Johnston & Jamal Al Sayed cut the ribbon

The all-new Suzuki Grand Vitara

94mm (w) x 125mm (h) with 3mm bleedTom, Jamal & Bambi

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Sangeet & Varun

Marise & Tomacita

Ali Hassan, Sayyed Jalal, Kabi, Jamal, Salim, Ian & Bipin

Ian & Tom

Isaaq, Kabi, Chandra, Zaheer & Bipin

BMI Bank Branch Opening In Salmabad Bahraini retail and commercial banking institution, BMI Bank held a ceremony to mark the inauguration of its 10th full-service branch in Salmabad last month. The new branch was was inaugurated by Yousif Hassan Yousif, Director, Banking Supervision Directorate, Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) & BMI's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jamal Al-Hazeem in the presence of officials from the bank, guests and members of the media

Jamal Al-Hazeem, Yousif Hassan Yousif & Eyad

Mohammed, Yousif & Mohammed

Mazen Sater, Jamal Al-Hazeem, Yousif Hassan Yousif & Eyad Sater at the opening

Amna & Rawa

BMI Bank staff with management at the new Salmabad branch

Khalil, Anwar, Amna, Rawa & Younis

Hemant & Alok

Abdulla & Rashid

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bystanderthismonth Ebrahim K. Kanoo’s management recognised and awarded the winners and experts who participated at the first National Skills Competition which was held earlier in December 2012 at Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Institute of Technology. During the ceremony which was held at Toyota Plaza, Talal Fuad Kanoo, Director of Corporate Services and Board Member at Ebrahim K. Kanoo handed over cash rewards and certificates for the winners and experts who participated at the competition. The winners of the first National Skills Competition will take part in the 3rd GCC Skills Competition, which will be held in Bahrain The AJM Kooheji Group handed over police bikes to the Ministry of Interior last month. The XJ 900 Diversion is Yamaha’s top-of-the-line police bike model with ample displacement suited for high-speed riding. It has a specially designed large size fairing which provides effective wind protection. These models are custom built by Yamaha to specifications ordered by the individual police department. The Yamaha XJ 900 Diversion is used as a police motorcycle all over the world. The motorcycles were handed over to Officer Abdul Aziz Buanain in the Ministry of Interior premises

The Restaurant Division of the Jawad Business Group recently held a two-day conference for senior managers under the banner, 'Forge Forward'. Country heads and representatives from the division attended the annual event held in Bahrain. A motivational coach from the UAE, Carol Talbot conducted a series of games and exercises intended to transform the team into a high performance cohesive unit. Seen here, Tapan Vaidya, General Manager of Restaurant Division, JBG Group with participants

Mindshare, an agency dedicated to innovative brand development for its clients, was recognized at MENA Cristal Festival for outstanding achievement in several creative campaigns. Mindshare was awarded the two most prestigious titles: “Media Agency of the Year” and “Media Network of the Year"

In line with their efforts towards employee training and development to build up on a superior customer service experience, First Motors, the exclusive dealers of Hyundai in the kingdom of Bahrain recently sent one of their Senior Service Advisors to Dubai for a 3-day training program. Based on his positive performance reviews and efficiency on the job, Jaffar Mahdi Abdulla Mohammed was selected to take part in the training program to enhance his know-how and experience in the field. Seen here, Jaffar with First Motor officials

Sofitel Seafood Market Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa invited a number of guests to lunch to mark the opening of the hotel's 'Saturday Seafood Market' where the finest seafood is cooked to your liking. The lunch was held at the hotel's Tapas bar & Restaurant

Mirna with Jassim Al Zayani

Kumar, Charbel & Khalifa

Essam & Majy

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Richard & Zaid


Debbie, Frances & Susan

Sylvia, Basel & Alison



Anne & George

Adrian, Melody, Charbel & Debbie

Elma & Vijit

Rose & Arif

The Dolls Of Japan Exhibition Under the patronage of HE Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, Minister of Culture, the Japanese Embassy held an exhibition titled 'The Dolls of Japan'. The event was held at the Bahrain National Museum last month

Across the Middle East and Around the Globe

Nancy, Tomoko Sumi, Nabeel Ajoor, HE Shigeki Sumi, Japanese Ambassador & Nasser Alarayedh

HE Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa tours the exhibition with Tomoko & HE Shigeki Sumi

Faizan, Yasmeen, Rehan & Anoop

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Southern Exploration

Lake Wanaka

Paden Vaughan In a country that is so rich in natural beauty, you’re never short of things to do. The most beautiful part of New Zealand has to be the South Island.

New Zealand is pretty much as remote as it gets. Resting at the bottom of the southern hemisphere, the country boasts unique and intriguing flora and fauna and a fascinating history and culture. The two islands possess a myriad of things to do but, for me, the highlight was the gorgeous South Island. Boasting a palette of vivid scenes, the island is made up of the most gripping landscapes known to man. Considered to be the more ‘remote’ section of the country if you will, the snow-capped mountains dominate the skylines, rainforests coat the landscapes and the west coasts are completed with some of the most pristine beaches to be found in the world. The country also showcases a rich culture; the Maori culture is embedded into the land and their traditions and customs still continue today. So if you are asking “Why should I travel half way across the world?” the answer is simple; a no-holds-barred outdoor adventure. The South Island offers everything from remote trekking, whale watching, floating over tranquil meadows in a hot-air balloon, and bathing in a glacial pool, to tasting some of the finest wines in the world. The experience If you really want to appreciate this spectacular country, then the best way to do so is on the road. Driving across the South Island was one of the highlights of my time in the country. The roads are almost empty; so you truly get a sense of escapism and feel at one with the landscape. One journey that was particularly enjoyable was a trip to the remote area of Jackson Bay, located at the end of the West Coast road, which further distances you from the real world.

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Wildlife enthusiasts should love the fact that the area becomes populated with penguins. We found one sitting by the side of the road! Adrenalin junkies are sure to be satisfied as New Zealand is often called the adventure capital of the world. Queenstown claims to be the place bungy jumping was invented. Another wonder is Waitaki, a place of scenic contrast. Travel along the valley and the landscape changes from green pastures to the dryness of Central Otago. Snow-capped peaks and beautiful lakes contrast with the bare brown hills that rise up from the valley floor. As you drive towards the mountains stop to see the Earthquakes, an impressive formation of limestone cliffs. Nearby you’ll find Maori rock drawings made from red ochre, charcoal and animal fat.

South Island


Nelson Located on the north-west of the island, the quaint beach town is heralded as having the best beaches in the country and the best weather. The coastlines here certainly don’t disappoint; the beaches are gloriously golden. The whole Abel Tasman region hosts a variety of activities that are sure to please. There are hundreds of wonderful walks to enjoy that are among the most beautiful in the country. Christchurch This diverse area invites you to ski, raft, mountain climb, go on a hot-air balloon ride and visit internationally acclaimed wineries and gardens. Christchurch is New Zealand’s second-largest city and the gateway to the South Island. One of the Alpine Safari tours and Kaikoura wilderness walks are a must do.

Franz Josef glaciers

Discovering Queenstown If there’s one thing that’s undeniable, it’s that the Kiwis sure do love anything with a whole lot of adrenalin involved. There’s no better place to get your fix than in Queenstown. This city literally has it all: a whole host of activities to keep everyone from preschoolers to pensioners happy, some of the most spectacular scenery in the country, a fantastic array of great restaurants and a nightlife to rival most larger cities. The town sits on the shore of crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic ranges and is surrounded by mountainous landscapes. Of course if adventure isn’t your thing, there are plenty of mellow options to go for like walking trails, tours, spa treatments and shopping.

Dunedin This region is one of natural beauty, clustered with history, culture, natural attractions and some of the friendliest people on earth. Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, the Scottish heritage is evident. You will find incredible wildlife such as the world’s rarest penguins and also New Zealand’s only castle, built in 1871. No visit to Dunedin is complete without a trip on the Taieri Gorge Railway, one of the world’s great train trips.

Franz Josef One of the most breathtaking regions, the temperate rainforest covers the Franz Josef region with a massive variety of walks. The highlight, of course, has to be the mesmerising Franz Josef Glacier, one of the only places in the world where you can find glaciers and a rainforest coexisting. For those who want to get a view to remember, there’s a huge range of ice walks that allow you to get up close and personal with one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world. Also don’t miss the therapeutic Glacier hot pools that are situated within the lush rainforest that occupies the area. The complex features three public hot pools which are filled with the pure glacial water, containing various therapeutic minerals. There are private pools available for hire for groups of two should you want to truly escape the rest of the world.

Lake Wanaka Five kilometres long, the crystal-clear waters of Lake Wanaka are perfect for jet boaters, sailors and kayakers looking to explore the South Island. Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquil of the region’s lakes. In winter, adventurers flock here from all over the world for skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone. Year-round activities include fishing, hiking, climbing and sky diving.

Kaikoura Kaikoura is a major attraction for wildlife-seeking visitors. Whale watching allows for a close encounter with the graceful giants of the sea in a totally natural environment. Encountering whales is a surreal and awe-inspiring experience. The tour allows you to see a host of other extraordinary animals, including wandering albatrosses, New Zealand fur seals and a variety of different dolphin species. Nevis Bungy Jump No visit to New Zealand would be complete without sampling true Antipodean excitement. So I decided that I would conquer one of the biggest; the infamous Nevis Bungy! Situated 134m (440ft) over Nevis Gorge, this one is definitely not for the faint-hearted! After a 40-minute bus ride, we got our harness on and took a cable car to the jumping pod, avoiding looking down at all costs. I put aside all rational thinking and jumped and, in hindsight, I can honestly say that this was one of the most unbelievable experiences I have ever had.


Glenorchy Ask any Lord of the Rings trilogy fanatics and they will tell you that this town is the place to visit. Having acted as a prime shooting location for the Peter Jackson blockbuster movies, this rustic town is a true outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Located by Lake Wakatipu and some towering mountains, Glenorchy is perfect for jet boating, kayaking and hosts some of the country’s best hiking trails.

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Billie Joe Armstrong's meltdown on stage

Let the Games Begin Paden Vaughan With hundreds of new game titles and even new consoles set to hit the shelves this year, it’s safe to say that 2013 will be a big year for gamers. Each month, gamers across the globe find something new to go crazy about; whether it is the latest Call of Duty, FIFA or whatever else causes them to distance themselves from the real world. But few announcements can cause more discussion or debate in the gaming world than the announcement or release of a new console. At the end of last year, Nintendo released the Wii U; their latest handheld console, which was the first time gamers could enjoy Nintendo games in HD. Reception of the console, however, was divided; the Wii U only sold around 55,000 units in January, almost five times less than the Xbox 360. Yet, critics praised many of the console’s titles, such as New Super Mario Brothers U, and the fantastic Zombie U. But it’s safe to say that in the gaming industry almost everyone focuses on the two companies very much at the forefront of modern gaming — Microsoft and Sony. It’s been over six years since either company has released a new console; so when video game website uploaded what was reportedly a leaked image of the highly anticipated PlayStation 4 controller last month, the gaming world was taken by storm. The image shows the controller to Also this month

include an integrated loudspeaker, a two-point multi-touchpad and a ‘Move’ tracking light, allowing gamers to play ‘Move’ compatible games without an additional controller. Also, according to The Wall Street Journal, the PS4 will feature the ability to stream older PlayStation titles. But the gaming world nowadays is very much divided; the rivalry between Xbox fans and PlayStation fans being similar to opposing wartime factions. Ardent Xbox and Playstation fans religiously defend their consoles as if their lives depended upon it; many Xbox aficionados were quick to pass judgement upon the leaked image. Of course, Microsoft plan on retaliating with their newgeneration Xbox console; which many are calling the Xbox 720. Codenamed ‘Durango’, not much is known about Microsoft’s latest console. Developers claim that the device will be able to play multiple games at once and will feature a Blu-ray drive; rumours are also circulating that the new Xbox will feature Microsoft’s IllumiRoom technology, allowing for full gaming-immersion. This should feature augmented reality glasses, meaning users can receive additional information, thus enhancing the overall gaming experience. So, with both consoles scheduled for a release towards the end of the year, it’s safe to say that there’ll be a lot of familiar names on everyone’s Christmas lists. The question is, though, which side are you on?

Move Over, Gangnam!

There’s a whole new Internet craze set to delight the absent minded — the Harlem Shake. The bizarre new dance routine has swept social media by storm, resulting in thousands of videos of the said dance being uploaded to YouTube daily. The general formula of most videos is the same. One person is dancing alone to the song Harlem Shake; the beat changes, and the room suddenly becomes filled with other people showcasing some pretty interesting dance moves. Thankfully, it seems as if this viral menace is slowly dying out.

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Sounds Techie A collection of new gadgets sure to please those with a keen ear for high quality sound; but will your neighbours agree?

Theatre feel

It seems there’s no shortage of high-quality speakers on the market at the moment, and Orbitsound’s T9 is most definitely on the high end of the spectrum. Now you can create a fantastic home cinema system in a very small space, and at a very low cost!

Editor's pick! Portable beat

Nowadays, portability is a key factor in most purchases and, with this awesome speaker from Native Union, it’s definitely not an issue. The speaker features an active bass, allowing you to enjoy your music on the go without compromising the sound-quality.

Woody effect

Now for something completely different; the Thinksound TS01 in-ear headphones feature a crafted sustainable wood housing, which not only means you get a more natural sound quality but also damage to the environment is minimal!

Wall system

These wonderfully convenient Bēm Wireless speakers connect directly into any electrical outlet and allow you to control them through any Bluetooth device. And their compact size means that space is never an issue.

Wireless tunes

Featuring a tactile-touch panel and active noise cancellation, it’s clear to see why these Parrot Ziks are heralded as the most advanced headphones. They also come with a free app allowing you to control music wirelessly! Yet, unless you plan on pairing them with an iPhone, there may be some connectivity issues, so it might be best to try something less jazzy.

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Wall system

Danish audio-company B&O is showcasing these fantastic new speakers, created for those who desire impeccable audio quality but don’t have room to spare. They are intended to be placed within walls, allowing for spectacular surround sound with a subtle and chic design.

Old school

For those who have a passion for the past, then the guys at Pyle have got just what you need! This Retro Belt-Drive Turntable features two built-in stereo speakers, and a USB port allowing you not only to connect to a PC but also convert vinyl to MP3!

Slim sound

Incredibly easy to set up, excellent HiFi sound and completely wireless, the Sonos Playbar is perfect for those who want high quality sound to complement high quality picture.

Plug in

The perfect asset for any workout; these Monster iSport Intensity in-ear headphones promise to deliver pristine sound quality without deafening you to the outside world. They feature a unique ear-pipe-style design and a tangle-free cord allowing you to fully max out when hitting the gym.

Hybrid features

They say that sharing is caring, and if you agree with this philosophy then check out what Zumreed has to offer; these nifty headphones come with a unique switch which, when turned on, turns the headphones into a pair of speakers

Block party

Doing exactly what it says on the tin, the Party in a Box from SOUL is the boom-box for the 21st century. With a powerful eight-speaker omnidirectional hybrid system, you’re guaranteed earthshattering yet crystal clear sound; and the wireless technology allows for music to be streamed via Bluetooth.

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Techno Talk

If you’re after some new gadgets, Lulu Hypermarket is where you should visit. Expect to find the most competitive offers on the latest products.

Editor's pick! Samsung Home Theatre

This home theatre system is fully equipped with HDMI viewing for an ‘at home’ cinema experience. To make your nights in even more fun, a karaoke feature has been embedded. Its slim style fits perfectly into any home. Price: BD84.9

Sandisk Flash Drive

Combining a unique, streamlined design with ample capacity, the Cruzer Edge USB flash drive offers a convenient, stylish solution for your flash memory needs. It is available in capacities up to 32GB. Price: BD1.6

Touchmate Wi-Fi Tablet

A seven-inch touchscreen and built-in 4GB memory makes this little gadget one of the best tablets on the market today. With a super fast processor and a USB port, staying connected has never been this easy. Price: BD28.99

Toshiba Laptop C850-B378

This laptop comes with a range of features and connectivity options. With a 15.6-inch LCD screen, it has a 500GB hard disk drive to meet all your storage requirements. Price: BD224.9

Philips Car Audio CED229

Want to drive around in a mobile nightclub? These speakers can make it possible. With a dynamic bass boost, USB slots, coaxial speakers and built-in amplifiers, you are assured of a sound experience like no other. Price: BD49.99

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Adata Hard Disk CH94

Stylish and compact, this external hard disk drive comes with a storage capacity of 500GB. You can even personalise your kit with colourful alphabet stickers to let the world know who it belongs to. Price: BD19.99

Samsung 39-inch LED TV

Samsung keeps upping the bar for its competitors, especially with their all new model. Enhanced quality comes in the form of super high resolution imaging and an SRS theatre sound system. Price: BD209.9

Samsung Galaxy Digital Camera

The 16.3-megapixel camera comes with all kinds of amazing new features: a 21X optical zoom, 4.8-inch HD touch display and even a 3G and Wi-Fi connection to make photo sharing much easier. Price: BD209.99

LG 47-inch 3D LED TV 47LM7610

Unlike conventional TVs, this LG model is certified flicker-free and provides brighter 3D pictures. It’s easier on the eyes, while offering clear and crisp quality with no blurry edges. Price: BD499

Apple iPad 2

Dramatically thinner and boasting both front and rear cameras, Apple sticks to its succesful formula with the new iPad. With an excellent battery life, the tablet is also noticeably thinner. Price: BD149.99

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Hot & Heavy Who says rock ‘n’ roll is dead? We’ve compiled these latest releases for those into more alternative styles of music.

My Bloody Valentine







WHAT’S THE STORY? Twenty-two years ago


My Bloody Valentine (MVB) released the revolutionary album Loveless, turning them into underground alt-rock gods. And now, after all this time, MVB have collaborated once again to release their latest album; the imaginatively named m v b. The album is much as you’d expect it to sound; dreamy and cosmic sounding guitars whisk you away from reality, lowslung drones of a bass guitar ever present throughout, almost bringing you back to Earth. Kevin Smith and Bilinda Butcher’s ethereal vocals seem to act as ambience rather than connecting with the listener. This is something that the guys in My Bloody Valentine can do really well, to disconnect us from reality and transport us somewhere new and almost tranquil.


It’s undeniable that m v b is a solid album, and it would be a pleasant introduction to MVB for new listeners. However, much of the material does feel almost tired and reused; it is obvious why many long-time fans may be slightly disappointed with the Dublin quartet’s latest release. Yet, personally, I believe the sheer beauty and texturing of each track overshadows these small grievances.

Verdict: A decent release from a band that has been greatly missed in the alternative rock scene. TOP TRACKS: New You and She Found Now Silverstein

This Is How The Wind Shifts

Post-hardcore is often hard to master really well, but Canadian outfit Silverstein have done a pretty nifty job with their latest release. The band's sixth album shows a lot of growth, while still remaining true to the genre. Passionate vocals, a sharp contrast of hard-hitting yet melodic guitar work and varying textures throughout, this album is most definitely worth a listen.

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Divinity of Purpose

Connecticut hardcore legends show they’ve still got it with their latest studio release With staggering riffs and blistering angst-ridden vocals present throughout, it’s safe to say that these guys aren’t going anywhere soon!

Bullet For My Valentine

Temper Temper

Embracing a thousand metal clichés, Temper Temper is very hard to get excited about; each riff feels overused and doesn’t seem to go anywhere. Moreover, the production just isn’t powerful enough for the sound they’re trying to create.

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Aliens, gangsters and highly trained killers with barcodes on their heads; here’s this month’s most anticipated releases.

Hitman HD Trilogy (PS3 and Xbox 360)For

For the first time in HD, relive Agent 47’s most dangerous escapades. Apart from the notable absence of 2000’s original, Hitman: Codename 47, this trilogy is most of the early releases. It’s nice to see the games in HD, but save from a couple of additional levels on ‘Contracts’ nothing really feels different.

Dead Space 3 (PS3, Xbox 360 and PC)

Aliens: Colonial Marines (PS3, Xbox 360) RATING:


After more than a decade of delays Colonial Marines pushes the popular Alien franchise back into the gaming world. Players take on the role of a US colonial marine squad preparing to face an even deadlier alien threat than ever before. It’s easy to see that developer Gearbox has tried to create a game very true to the Alien franchise, whilst also showing a lot of love towards it. However, what we’re left with is something that is less than half of what it potentially could have been.

The third instalment in EA’s survival horror franchise ditches the scares in favour of robust action. It’s understandable; something jumping out while walking down a creepy, corridor can get samey - yet without the scares, it seems as though the intensity and appeal the previous titles had is gone.


Graphically, and also in terms of story, it’s pretty reflective of a game that’s taken over a decade to reach the shelves. To say that Colonial Marines requires some finishing touches is a bold understatement; while the graphics are not terrible, one assumes that the guys at Gearbox could have used their time more profitability to iron out any creases.

GAMEPLAY: The combat, sadly, is very poor with an enemy AI that doesn’t

cause alarm for one second; the potential tension is overshadowed by frankly laughable opponents. Perhaps the one saving grace for Colonial Marines is the online multiplayer combat mode, which admittedly tries to bring something fresh to the table. Yet it still doesn’t feel as natural to play, and those playing as the xenos are sure to become immensely frustrated with the awkward controls.

VERDICT: Sadly, this new addition to the much-loved franchise can easily be swept aside; take away the ‘Aliens’ and you’re left with a very average first-person shooter.

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Omerta: City of Gangsters (Xbox 360 and PC) It sounds like a promising idea; a strategy game based around gangsters, but unfortunately Bulgarian developers Haemimont don’t really deliver the goods. Campaigns never develop into anything interesting; the game itself is patchy and feels wooden to play, with no substance present.





This intriguing flash website gathers information from your Facebook account and creates a visual snapshot of your life — think ‘This Is Your Life’ for the 21st century. Museum of Me collates photos, videos and status updates and transforms them into a visual archive of your life.

THE GOOD: As with many other websites that allow you to connect via your Facebook account, the whole process of creating one of these visual archives is extremely easy, with a very clear and user-friendly interface. It’s a brilliantly unique idea, and a great way to store all those precious memories; and the finished product is visually stunning and is a welcome change from the tried and tested photo album.


This website has little in terms of flaws; however, the main issue is down to the person who’s the subject of the ‘museum’. If you populated your Facebook with images of funny memes or bombarded your timeline with pointless statements about ‘how you had a tuna sandwich for lunch’, then Museum of Me will tell it how it is, and you’ll be left with something rather dull.

VERDICT: A wonderfully charming way to visualise your life for a more technological era. Claiming to be ‘the cure for eyeball boredom’, offers a wide variety of interesting news stories and images focusing on everything visual. It’s endearing and fascinating articles are sure to keep those ‘eyeballs’ busy for a while! This fantastic site showcases hilarious tweets or Facebook messages from the self-centred and spoilt across the world. You might be enraged at the pretentiousness present throughout, yet I’m sure we’ll all admit we’ve had similar qualms!

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Be Your Own Boss! Whether you want to fight crime, catch up with the latest sport news or stream your favourite tracks, here’s our pick of the best free apps for this month!




BBC Sport An absolute must-have for sporting aficionados, the BBC has now launched an international version of their iPhone sporting app, allowing you to keep up to date with the latest sport news wherever you may be! Featuring up-to-date news and live coverage of various games, you’ll never have to worry about supporting the home team again! And how much do I have to pay for coverage of various sports no matter which country I’m in? Absolutely nothing! Yep, this app is totally free!

Middle Manager of Justice RATING:

WHAT IS IT? From Tim Schaffer, the creative mind behind cult classics Day of the

Tentacle and the Monkey Island series, comes this awesome new strategy game for the iPhone and iPad; you act as the manager of ‘Justice Corp’ and have to manage a team of ‘budget crimefighters’. The aim of the game is to eliminate crime from your map, whilst accumulating coins and ‘Superium’ to purchase upgrades.

THE GOOD: Middle Manager of Justice is a wonderfully unique idea and Schaffer

doesn’t spare on the humour in this exciting adventure. In the time you have to save your citizens you’re faced with an increasing number of crimes so you’re sure to be kept busy! But the most appealing aspect of this awesome new app? It’s free! Aside from in-game purchases, the app is free to download, and it could be said that MMJ will change the face of free-to-play apps!

THE BAD: Of course no game is without downsides; to really have the best gaming

experience you will probably have to resort to purchasing upgrades and coins when the game really starts to get tough, which may be off-putting to those who aim to keep their gaming experience at a very low cost. And the said upgrades don’t feel totally worth the extra cash; perhaps if there was more choice in terms of extras then this could be overlooked.

VERDICT: Charming and thoroughly enjoyable, it seems the best things in life often do come free!

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AudioBox Now your media is truly portable! Allowing you to stream directly from the cloud, your desktop or from any of the most popular cloud services, no matter where you are! AudioBox also allows you to create smart or custom playlists on the go, and you can even mix media from different sources! The perfect app for those who need their music to fit onto one device.







This is 40 RATING: DIRECTED BY: Judd Apatow STARRING: Starring: Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, John Lithgow, Megan Fox, Albert Brooks, Jason Segal


Remember Pete (Rudd) and Debbie (Mann) from Knocked Up? Well here’s the continuation of their story. As their 40th birthdays loom ever closer, the married couple re-examine their relationships with their children, their parents, and most of all each other.

WORTH WATCHING? There’s no denying that this movie is

big on laughs and big on heart; Rudd and Mann both deliver excellent performances, and it’s arguable that this could be director Apatow’s most personal and relatable outing. While lacking the driving plot of the film’s predecessor, This Is 40 manages to redeem itself with comedy, something that Apatow winds well into the movie.

VERDICT: A relatable, charming and brilliantly funny movie — definitely more appealing, however, to the movie’s target age group..

A Good Day To Die Hard Yippie-kay-yay! John McClane is back in the latest instalment in the Die Hard series. It’s apparent that Bruce Willis fighting against ruthless foreign enemies can become pretty tiring after a while, and entertaining action scenes become overshadowed by cliché father-son disputes.

Warm Bodies When someone mentions zombies, ‘romanticism’ is usually the last thing that springs to mind, but director Jonathan Levine does an excellent job of merging the two genres. Full of humour and some pretty ‘warm’ moments it looks like Twilight hasn’t totally destroyed the monster/ romance genre!

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Hypoxi Launch Under the patronage of HE Dr Fatima bint Mohammed Al Balooshi, Social Development Minister and acting Health Minister Hypoxi Fitness and Body Shaping Center was officially launched. The event was held the Hypoxi Center in Zayed Town, next to Ministry of Labour

Fatima, Dr Aysha, HE Dr Fatima Al Balooshi & Hanan

Abdul Razak, Abdulla, Myrna, Dr Aysha, Abbas & Ali

Mwai, Badriya, Dr Aysha, HE Dr Fatima Al Balooshi, Hanan, Maha, Fatima, Noe & Ava

Dr Aysha with Emad Almoayed

Eman & Narmin

Ameen, Yousif & Isa

Pricia, Noe & Vivian

Maya ChocoB Plush Toy Range Launch Maya La Chocolaterie in Seef Mall held an event to mark the launch of the Maya ChocoB Plush Toy Range. The event was held at the Maya outlet last month

Zeyad, Hamad & Eman


Mohammed & Ahmed

Ganesh Ryapak & family

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Hamad & Afaf

Fatima, Hana & Lulwa

Eman & Rona

Noor & Maria

Adam & Tala

Layan & Dana

Hussain & Reem

Mary Mae

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

Islamic Culture

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

Other Societies

Business Associations

17 645-156 17 261-555 17 531-400

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

17 753-666

Awali Cricket Club

17 756-959

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

Public Speaking

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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Mind Games

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


Racket games


Jimmy’s Snooker/Billiards 17 71 6-147

National Associations

Amateur Athletic Association 17 684-905 American Chamber Comm. 17 580-516 Badminton & Squash Fed. 17 292-662 Australian Association 3 9206-432 Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Bar Society 17 725-665 Endurance Federation 17 836-199 Bankers’ Society of Bahrain 17 728-003 Basketball Association 17 741-010 British Business Forum 3 9651-755 Bowling Association 17 822-077 Businessmen’s Association 17 229-009 17 252-133 Chess Federation French Business Club 17 748-999 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 17 720-321 Handball Association 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

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 3 9667-624 Yong Quan Tha Chi 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

39 653-007

Fitness Gyms

Health Spas (Women only)

Meditation Centres

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)

Al Areen 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

QR Codes: On-The-Go Reading You can now read Bahrain This Month while you are out and about, from the comfort of your own phone — just simply download a free app which allows you direct access to the online magazine. Both iPhone, iPad2 and BlackBerry users can enjoy this simple convenience by following these simple steps;

iPhone/iPad2 users Step 1: Search for i-nigma on the Apple app store Step 2: Download i-nigma on your iPhone or Pad, free of charge Step 3: After downloading is complete, click on the i-nigma icon Step 4: Finally, simply scan the QR code to be directed to a page on the designated page on the web

Awali Riding Club 17 756-525 Dilmun Club 17 692-986 Riding School 17 690-448 Shakhoora Riding School 17 591-103 The Country Club 17 593-593

Marine & Sailing Sailing Club Yacht Club

Martial Arts

17 700-677 17 700-677

Aces Taekwondo Academy 3 9658-741 Al Ahli Karate School 3 9659-510 Al Hala Sports Club 3 9966-139 Balouch Club 17 292-231 British Club 17 728-245 Delmon Tae Kwon Do School 3 9689-659 Taichi & Wushu Centre 3 6437-931

Health Fitness Fitness Gyms

Al Gosaibi Gym Coral Beach Club Dessange Health Club Ez-Fit Sportsplex Ghassans Gym

17 293-221 17 312-777 17 713-999 17 692-379 17 695-911

BlackBerry users Step 1: Search for ‘QR Code Scanner Pro’ in the Blackberry app world, either online or directly from your phone Step 2: Download the app, free of charge Step 3: Click on the application and scan the code Step 4: On scanning, you will be directed to site referenced in the QR code There are two QR codes used this issue; on the front cover, on First Word (page 11). (+973) 39445102


Mreegakshi Birthday Party Mreegakshi celebrated her birthday with parents Mayukh & Nanda Majumdar, sister Namashree and her friends at Polo Campero on Exhibition Road last month Avantika, Mreegakshi & Ananya

The Majumdars

Jiya, Mreegakshi & Neha

Mreegakshi with the Bhowmicks

Chitra, Nanda, Mreegakshi, Surobhi & Deblina

Ishwar, Mreegakshi & Rajveen

Esha, Mreegakshi & Sama

Ayana, Mreegakshi & Aaksha

Deblina, Mreegakshi & Debraj

Mreegakshi & Kishen

Namashree & Mreegakshi

Tanisha, Mreegakshi & Rohin

Kempinski Staff Party The Kempinski Ixir Hotel, Bahrain City Centre hosted its annual staff fancy dress party at the hotel's lobby last month

Puneet Singh, GM & Nayon


Alexia, Maya, Ilhame, Maria, Constance, Yulia & Rahat

Martina & Stephanie

Lily, Joyce, Christine & Jay

Christine, Catherine, Rema, Puneet, Lily & Joyce

Ahmed, Hussain & Sayed

Florian & Lepa

Ahmed & Bhimsen

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Evangeline, Christine & Jay

Kim, Jessy & Dweyn

Asif & Nayon

Paulo & Ahmed


A Question of Torque The time for talking is over; the first in a new generation of V12 models, the Ferrari F12 is set to revolutionise our perceptions of the super sports car. Faster than any previous Ferrari, the F12berlinetta ushers in a new generation of 12-cylinder engines for the Italian sports carmaker, delivering unprecedented performance in a modern, albeit classic design. With a top speed of over 340km/h, the F12 is not short on pace, either. To achieve this performance Ferrari’s traditional transaxle layout has been revolutionised. The wheelbase has been shortened and the engine, dashboard and seats have been lowered in the chassis. While the new layout of the rear suspension and gearbox enabled Ferrari’s engineers to make the rear volume of the car smaller, it also yields a much higher level of aerodynamic efficiency.

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Paul Yates, Euro Motors general manager, third from right, at the launch event

Scaglietti, renowned for its expertise in aluminium materials and construction, designed an all-new spaceframe chassis and bodyshell using 12 different kinds of alloys, some of which have been used here for the first time in the automotive sector. Coupled with new assembly and joining techniques, this has resulted in a 20 per cent increase in structural rigidity. The F12berlinetta’s 6262cc V12 engine offers unprecedented performance and revs for a naturally aspirated 12-cylinder. Torque reaches a peak of 690 Nm, 80 per cent of which is already available at just 2,500 rpm, and which provides an unrelenting surge of acceleration all the way to the 8,700 rpm limit. The engine is mated to the F1 dual-clutch transmission, which has closer gear ratios developed specifically for this car’s performance. The impressive technical specifications are completed by Ferrari’s latest generation carbon-ceramic brakes and the evolution of the magnetorheological suspension control system. As is now traditional with all Ferraris, the control systems are fully integrated. The result is that the new Prancing Horse 12-cylinder accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.1 seconds and from 0 to 200 km/h in 8.5 seconds. Benchmark performance and maximum driving involvement are guaranteed by immediate turn-in, with smaller steering wheel angles, and increased cornering speed. With the cockpit designed around the driver, all the major commands are within immediate reach, guaranteeing a fully involved driving experience. The exclusive distributor for Ferrari in the Kingdom is Euro Motors. E Call 17 750-750.

Bentley Speedster In the February edition of Bahrain This Month we provided the incorrect phone number for the Bentley showroom in the Kingdom. The correct number is 17 238-822. The exclusive distributor for the new Bentley GT Speed Convertible is Ahmed Zayani & Sons and the showroom is along Sh. Salman Highway in Zinj. The world’s fastest four-seat convertible, the GT Speed Convertible accelerates from a standing position to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds. This power is delivered from the twin-turbocharged, 48-valve, W12 engine, which churns out a peak torque of 800 Nm.

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On Safari! DAVID M. ROBERTSON One simple left turn was all it took to change what was supposed to be a road test into a full-on safari, at rally speed, through the Turkish hinterland.

Model Peugeot 301 Model year 2013 Engine type 1.6-litre VTi engine Displacement 1,587cc Horsepower 115 hp @ 6,050 rpm Torque 150 Nm @ 4,000 rpm Transmission five-speed, manual gearbox Acceleration 0 to 100 km/h: 9.4 seconds Top speed 188 km/h

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“Where has this car been?” were the words that greeted me as I returned the latest addition to the Peugeot stable — the 301 — to the swank five-star hotel at which I was staying in Antalya, in southern Turkey. Had it been the hotel’s doormen, they’d probably have asked if I had arrived at the wrong hotel! Such was the dust and grime now emblazing the mid-market sedan, the Peugeot representative repossessing the car would have had a pay somewhat more than the standard BD1 charge for cleaning! The French car manufacturer places a lot of store on the word ‘emotion’ when describing today’s line-up of Peugeot vehicles. It was more a case of some ‘tough love’ being applied to the 301 as it was put through its paces off the beaten track; much to the bemusement of local residents, whose tranquility was brought to an abrupt end by the dust plume clouding the view behind me. Designed with the international market in mind, the 301 is geared towards a wide customer base that is attracted by an affordable yet distinctive saloon car. The modern styling and features certainly play to a ubiquitous audience, with plenty of space for passengers and, in the trunk, for luggage. The marketing materials note the car has been specifically developed to adapt to all conditions of use, including poor road surfaces. I can certainly attest to the robustness of the 301. Unpaved roads covered in a layer of fine grit and stones made for a drifting experience that had not been anticipated at the outset; this little number, though, took what was placed in front of it with relish. Charging up mountain lanes with sharp u-turns, and with sheer drops of more than a 100 metres on the side of narrow

‘roads’, did not faze the 301. The handling was responsive to the conditions and the ride was smooth. My only concern was the prospect of a flat tyre in the middle of nowhere. On the road — real roads — the drive was effortless and engaging, with plenty of opportunity to explore the entertainment system, with its Arkamys acoustic signal processing. Above the audio system, a screen displays a raft of information about the vehicle and its performance. Of course, had I paid a little more attention to the preset GPS route map, I would have turned right instead of left midway through the test drive. But then the drive would have been far less entertaining as I hurtled around Turkey’s equivalent of the Outback! The exclusive distributor for Peugeot in the Kingdom is Zayani Motors, and the 301 will be available for a test drive during the course of April.


Urban Dweller DAVID M. ROBERTSON When an M package is added to any BMW you expect power; when it’s attached to the smallest car in the model range there is no shortage of driving fun to be had.

I would have to admit, from a purely personal perspective, that in making a choice between the BMW M3 and the M5, I’d opt for the M3. The more compact nature of the sedan outscores its bigger brother; it delivers a driving experience that boosts the synergy between man and machine. An opportunity, therefore, to test drive the M-version of the smallest car in the BWM range — the 1 Series — would add new meaning to the word ‘compact’. The car I picked up to take for a spin around town from Euro Motors was the M 135i four-door model. This car is not an ‘M’ in the strict sense; like the X5 and X6 variants, it bridges a gap between the standard vehicle and the full-on sports vehicles with an M engine under the hood. Instead, an M package has been added to the normal sedan. In the circumstances, that’s not such a bad thing! Given the 1 Series does not pack a great of weight in the first place, it does not take much additional power to really shift the vehicle. Designed with the urban consumer in mind, this ‘baby’ in the line-up — the M 135i — is no infant. To truly experience the power that the M overlay delivers, accelerate from a standing point in ‘normal’ mode. Then as the car gains speed, using the button to the left-hand side of the gear lever, change the setting to ‘Sport’ and feel the power surge as the car sprints off into the distance. In an urban environment, short, powerful bursts of acceleration take away some of the frustrations inherent when stuck in the ubiquitous traffic jam. The M 135i certainly hits the mark on this

count as it delivers instant power when it is requested. For the more adventurous, there’s an option to push the boundaries even further by selecting the ‘Sport+’ option. This deactivates the traction controls and places the vehicle fully in the ‘hands’ of the driver; drifting around corners no longer seems an activity to be confined to a motoring racing circuit. Inside the car, you will find all the premium extras that you would expect from BMW, within easy reach and conveniently displayed on the driver’s console. The space for rear-seat passengers is more than decent and offers ample legroom; contoured seats also ensure a comfortable ride for all those on board. There’s additionally a certain ‘feelgood’ factor to the M 135i. It’s not pretentious, it’s not trying to convince you that it’s something else nor does it let you down. For all the power of the M package, it’s easy and fun to drive. So, would I still go for the M 135i or stick with the M3? The M3 is a driver’s car; it’s designed for the open road where you can really experience ‘M’ power. For the city dweller, which is essentially what we are in the Kingdom, the M 135i will, however, do very nicely! You can arrange for your own test drive by popping into the Euro Motors showroom along Sh. Jaber Al Subah Highway, in Sitra. E Call 17 750-750.

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Mercedes ML 500


Serious Muscle

Muscle is the order of the day at the Mercedes-Benz showroom, with a new range of vehicles powered by V8 engines now on display.

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A potent stable of refined yet thunderous Mercedes-Benz models, all packing powerful V8 engine performance, has arrived in the Kingdom, courtesy of Al Haddad Motors, the exclusive distributor for the German brand in Bahrain. The four V8 models include the flagship seven-seater GL 500 Sports Utility Vehicle, which is built around the modern Arab family and propelled by 435 hp. The ML 500 luxury off-roader seamlessly merges performance with sophistication, while the segment-defining CLS 500 turns heads with its second generation four-door coupé style. “With the arrival of the Mercedes-Benz ML 500 at our showrooms, we can now offer the muscle to go with the stunning looks of the new M-Class to our customers looking for V8 power and performance from an SUV in Bahrain,” says Graeme Newport, general manager at Al Haddad Motors. “This will help build on the success we’ve already seen with the ML 350 and adds a further stallion to our stable.” For those who crave the pure automotive joy delivered by open top luxury sports roadsters, the SL 500 also packs 435 hp and the latest innovative technologies. Trend-setting innovations to the Roadster include the unique Frontbass system, which features clear, crisp bass sounds to create concert hall ambience. “The appeal of the new SL to our driving purist customers is clear. Powerful while accelerating, effortlessly superior across all speeds and nimble on winding roads,” adds

Mercedes GL 500

Graeme. “The new SL provides no end to driving pleasure. With luxurious interiors, fascinating technology and peerless capability, each model’s eight-piston engine furiously delivers the power to the wheels.” The award-winning large-size GL 500 offers seven seats, a best-in-class engine and powerful performance, as well as ample space, refinement and cutting edge technologies. The ML 500’s V8 Biturbo engine, churning out 408 hp, propels the mean machine to 100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds. Permanent allwheel drive ensures every ounce of its 600 Nm of torque and power is unleashed, while delivering excellent driving dynamics on both sand and tarmac. “Moreover, the CLS 500 is not just a pretty face; the four-door coupé possesses increased performance and torque compared with the previous model, reaching 100km/h from a standstill in just 5.2 seconds,” Graeme notes. E Call 17 785-454.

ahmed zayani

Purposeful Stance

DAVID M. ROBERTSON Refined and with impressive pace, this executive sedan is evolving into more than just a niche car for those seeking a personal statement; its appeal is getting broader.

One of the few plus points to come out of the Daimler-Chrysler marriage and subsequent divorce is undoubtedly the Chrysler 300 series. This allowed the US automaker to carve a niche for itself in the big sedan, executive car segment. The appeal of the 2013 model line-up should afford Chrysler an opportunity to expand the horizon of it targeted customer base. If you own a 300C today, you’ll probably be a member of a fairly exclusive club. It’s the sort of car eschewed by those with a predilection for more familiar premium brands; it offers owners more ‘personality’ when choosing their preferred set of wheels. Almost a decade on from its launch, the 300 is starting to mature with age. The robust, physical front-end appearance of earlier models has given way to more subtle lines that deliver a classic styling. One impact of this is that the 2013 model, when viewed from the front, has a much more fluid feel when compared to the rather static look of its predecessors. The car gives the impression that it is moving and not standing still, and the smoother contouring also improves aerodynamic efficiency. While the DNA hallmarks of the Chrysler 300 remain in evidence — deep sides and a large grille — the lower belt line and sharper angle on the front windscreen enhance the visual appearance, exuding a ‘cooler’ presence. It’s not just the exterior, though, that delivers a more refined driving experience. Inside the new 300C the interior has been spruced up with equally softer touches and a more engaging driver console. One of the first things to notice is the ‘paddles’ on the reverse side of the steering wheel. It’s a subtle change compared to the standard positioning, but it affords a more convenient and less-distracting method of changing settings. It’s also quiet, very quiet, when driving around town. Chrysler has upped the ante here and puts the much quieter drive down to a number of factors. The extra-stiff body structure is one primary reason; there are also the acoustic insulation, sounddeadening glass and smoother wheel well-liners.

The Uconnect infotainment system has been upgraded as well, including voice commands for the Garmin navigation and more iPod control features. Under the hood Where Chrysler really wants to make a noise, however, is under the hood. The new state-of-the-art ZF eight-speed automatic transmission is a first for a US automaker; the additional three gears certainly offer a more seamless acceleration from the 292 hp, 3.6-litre V6 Pentastar engine. This is most noticeable on longer driving stretches of road where the in-gear pace of the 300C is more pronounced. Add to this the rear wheel drive and the car sits firmly on the tarmac; you can drive aggressively with confidence. The Chrysler 300C, and its cousin the 200, are available from Ahmed Zayani & Sons showroom on Sh. Salman Highway in Zinj. Ahmed Zayani currently offers the 300C with a V6 engine (starting at BD16,500) and two V8 options; the pricing points for the Limited and Luxury trims start at BD18,500 and BD19,500 respectively. There is also an SRT8 edition, with an entry level price of BD21,000. E Call 17 238-822.

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Subaru Subaru cars are well known for their combination of high performance, legendary Japanese reliability and meticulous attention to details. The unique Subaru Boxer engine combines balance with power and efficiency by positioning it in line with the drive train. Cost is the last thing to worry about. You can own one of these beautifully designed cars for as little as BD144 a month. E Call 17 621-162.


Enchanting Appeal The DS model range from this French automaker has always stood out from other vehicles for its looks; what’s under the bonnet is just as impressive. An aerodynamic sculpture of taut, flowing lines, the Citroën DS5 exercises a natural attraction. There’s more to this little beauty than good looks, however; this is a car that equally a pleasure to drive. The DNA of the DS model range is to combine original driving sensation with features that are useful in everyday use. This is achieved, for instance, by aligning power with the comfort and convenience of the cockpit driving position. The alluring presence is underlined by the lighting signature of its LED lights and its distinctive chrome finish. It is safe to say that everything about the Citroën DS5 is, well, ‘c’est magnifique’! “The DS line illustrates a new approach to the future of the car; a future inspired by a genetic heritage where the DNA includes innovation and distinction,” said Motor City chairman, Waleed Kanoo. “Once on board, imagination takes over. The vehicle sets itself apart with an original cabin inspired by the world of aerospace design, in keeping with the promise of the exterior styling.” The most symbolic feature is the cockpit roof — a new take on glass-roof design, tailored for the model. Every little detail of the DS5 is of an impeccable standard. For example, the exceptional craftsmanship of the ‘watch bracelet’ design seats is a signature feature of the DS line. Another intriguing attribute is the new on-board navigation system — eMyWay, the latest-generation Sat-Nav system. As to be expected, the vehicle meets the highest standards in presentation and finish, and there is performance to match as well. The crisp, precise steering of the DS5 allows for a smooth drive, while the hydraulic, electric pump delivers a strong, gradual response, thus maximising the car’s overall performance. Inside, drivers can easily spot the integrated and original design that is packed with features geared towards everyday use. The wide central console boats a small gear stick, a surrounding dashboard and a near-vertically positioned steering wheel. To experience your own chic driving experience, head to the Citroën showroom in Sanad for a test drive, and feel the difference. E Call 17 621-162 (Sanad) or visit

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Ssangyong Equipped with a two-litre petrol engine, the new Ssangyong Korando SUV model features automatic transmission, a smooth and sleek design, outstanding utility and performance as well as the latest safety technologies. Korando’s gorgeous design and intricate workmanship is hidden behind a chic dynamic silhouette, one that is assured to captivate the viewers’ attention. The range now starts from BD6,800. E Call 17 621-162.

Isuzu The new Isuzu Dmax pick-up provides better balance and excellent performance. The brand has also introduced the newly developed 2.5-litre turbo, inter-cooled engine for better performance and efficiency. Motor City and Isuzu have rolled out a new Super 5 deal; starting with five years’ warranty, five per cent down payment, an excellent interest rate of five per cent coupled with five years’ finance and 50 days’ grace period. E Call 17 702-111.


Powerful Impression A new sedan launched by Nissan, which combines comfort and technology, will change the way you look at compact cars.

Most people don’t associate compact cars with premium style, but Nissan aims to change that with their introduction of the new Sentra sedan — the most technologically advanced sedan yet. The seductive new design is a far cry from the ordinary. The well-balanced exterior conveys a ‘professional persona’, a theme also carried into the gorgeous interior. It is made with the highest quality materials. With comfortable seating, the interior is as striking as the exterior. Surprisingly, spaciousness is something the Sentra is not short of. The lightweight body supports an interior with classleading roominess. Legroom is in abundance, comparable to that of mid-size sedans, and both the front and back seats boast the highest standard. Luggage will no longer be an issue; the 510-litre boot is much larger than most compact cars on the market. The technology available inside is sublime. A highlight is the new dual-zone automatic temperature control, which allows the driver or front passenger to set their individual temperature settings. Meanwhile, the carefully designed leather seating not only looks the part, but is incredibly comfortable. The experience The redefined engines and next-generation CVT transmission result in a car with impeccable fuel-efficiency. Together, these elements ensure a pleasurable driving experience. The 1.8-litre engine offers a longer stroke than typical engines in its class, thus resulting in an improved combustion speed and efficiency. Other notable features include a power-assisted vented front disc/rear drum braking system and vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power

steering, making your driving experience as easy as ever. There’s also an impressive three-mode drive-selector (featuring eco, normal and sport options), maximising the fuel efficiency and increasing responsiveness. The new sedan comes in a variety of different grades to suit individual needs, including the SV Sporty exclusively for the 1.6-litre engine. All grades are available with the Xtronic CVT. Intriguing features include the addition of a four-speaker audio system with a 4.3-inch or 5.8-inch display. For a compact car, the Nissan Sentra has a host of attributes packed into it. The performance is exemplary; the interior is ergonomic and above all comfortable — all in all, it is an extremely efficient vehicle. E Call 17 732-732.

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Bahrain Family Leisure Company Staff Party The Bahrain Family Leisure Company (BFLC) hosted its annual staff party at Ponderosa Restaurant in Seef Mall last month. Employees were treated to lots of fun and games, raffle draws and awards were also presented

Ahtisham & Thilak

Christophe & Renjith


Cynthia & Nelson

Shyju, Helton & Hassan

Cynthia, Nawal, Christophe, Paul & Renjith

Rejeesh, Sandeep, Anslam & Sathyaraj

Jessica & Maria

Biju & Nelson

Another employee gets his award from Christophe


Starchoice Dinner Party In appreciation to the ongoing support of its business partners, Sheraton Bahrain Hotel hosted an annual Starchoice Dinner Party at the Awali Ballroom. The dinner party was attended by over 150 business partners in different business sectors. The event highlights were the raffle draw where guests won return tickets to Abu Dhabi sponsored by Etihad Airways, hotel stays at participating Starwood Hotels and Resorts, weekend stays and dinner vouchers at Sheraton Bahrain Hotel plus a total of 42,000 Starchoice points which can be redeemed for hotel free nights, hotel vouchers and more

Mohammed, Michele, Estella & Antonio

Amanda & Sarita

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Cristalyn & Nardine

Rashid, Abdulla & Mohammed

Taghrid & Walid

Hussain & Revelta

Malou, Rochelle, Minie & Richard

Amina & Raees

Indira & S.M. Pillai


Michele & Subitha

Theresa & Sofia


Feel at Home Elma Bartholomew The world of fashion isn’t the only one that’s flaunting a spring/summer makeover. Home décor takes on a new look this season. Here’s how you can stay up to date.

It’s hard to miss the signs of spring, which means it’s time to start thinking about how we’re going to prep our homes for the season. It is all about new beginnings, bright colours and a positive outlook. So get ‘spring cleaning’ out of the way as soon as you can because the trends for interiors this year demand all your imagination. There’s no season better suited to refresh your home than spring. The days are slowly growing longer and the home furnishing stores have already started to fill up with an array of vibrant new buys as the latest collections filter in. Take a look through the four new home looks; get inspired; start shopping — liven up your living space. ‘Subtle’ down Topping the charts is the ‘purist’ trend. This is basically a refined version of minimalism. The trend encourages you to

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embrace the primitive. Mix harder lines with a rugged pattern. Use materials like strands and strings; appliqué is big this season. Think ‘rustic’. Overlapping and incidental block prints are significant features as well. It tends to be a highly industrial look. So it is wise to sneak in a tinge of colour that blends well with the rustic textures. Since you’ll be working with neutral shades, a bright orange or a soft mint key piece here and there will work miracles. Electric blue is a great choice for the bold. However, remember the key to nailing this look is making sure the bright tones are in the minority. The core palette is a combination of black, white and grey. Reminiscent of an urban lounge, the subtle trend boasts a masculine mix of bold typographic prints and splashes of bright accent shades. The collections at Phoenicia Décor and Almoayyed Furnishing boast the perfect pieces for this look.

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reporthomefurnishing It helps to have an eye for vintage pieces as well. The key is to personalise the space with accessories. The space should speak about the people living in it. More than a trend, this is a personality. Late summer evenings The iridescent trend is inspired by summer sunsets as the sun reflects on the ocean and golden sands. It is these scenarios that have influenced the surface and print direction. It allows for small flickers of luxury through pearlescent finishes. Transparent, sheer and sandblasted finishes contrast with high-gloss metallic details. Keep an eye out for random, scattered patterns like confetti dots, dripped and splashed paint effects and asymmetric shapes. Trends haus’ new retail outlet in Riffa is your go-to place to create this look, which also accommodates a colour explosion throughout your home. Use all the pastel you can find and contrast it to create a vibrant atmosphere. The use of vibrant pink and turquoise together provides a bold atmosphere, which will lift any home. This is great for those who adore the retro lifestyle. Quirky motifs and playful hues are key elements in this trend. Since it is fun, flirty and feminine, it’s safe to bring an instant spring charm with florals. Outdoor meets indoor Every giant in the interiors industry is going crazy with the ‘botanical’ trend. It seems as though world over there is a new appreciation of nature and its resources. Whether it is the use of observational drawings as a pattern or a grouping of natural objects, this look is about bringing what’s outside, inside. The influx of the natural brings a soothing presence to your room; this trend best defines the season. The challenge is to have a balance between wooden items, plaids and earthenware. Coordinate these accessories with soft floral or leafy prints to create a calm environment. If it’s all too serene for your taste, add in animal-inspired pieces. It adds a graphic touch to the chic look. Watch out for clashing patterns. Balance striking prints with clean neutrals. BoConcept has an exciting range of accessories that can help you pull off this look. It’s wise to shop for this trend as it combines two leading styles that are great on their own as well: the chic and the wild. The colour palette is highly similar to the first trend; just add a lot of greens to the mix. Join a tribe Boho chic is a trend here to stay. Tribal influences from all over the world meet in this trend to provide a rich cultural tapestry. Boasting a strong summer feel, it is more optimistic and experimental. You can’t go wrong with whatever you do, making it easy to replicate. It allows for mismatched floral prints, block-like stripes and geometric shapes. What’s not to like? Also, travel junkies can finally flaunt their souvenirs from around the globe. Focus on creating a charming, comfortable and extremely relaxed space. Creating an unusual setting means there are no set rules. Mix and match all kinds of patterns to create a unique style. You need furniture that depicts a certain character, much like those available at Roche Bobois.

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reporthomefurnishing PHOENICIA DÉCOR

Italian Designs Martini


Minimalist décor will never be a thing of the past. Natuzzi’s newest range is perfect to reproduce the unfussy and chic trend in your living space.


Natuzzi combines detail in design and Italian flair for everyday living. They offer styles for every taste and every situation from classic to modern. Their passion for leather has made them a world leader in leather-upholstered products from sofas and sectionals to chairs and ottomans. With squared forms that enhance refined details, Regia is a simple, sought-after armchair with a magazine-holding pocket on the side and metal feet to accentuate its minimalist character. Architect and designer Claudio Bellini has created the Anteprima armchair for the brand. Featuring compact, refined lines, covered in supple leather and adorned with a metal foot detail, it boasts a superbly comfortable design. Let there be light Rediscover the pleasure of spending time in a truly comfortable ambience. To feel at home surrounded by company, there is nothing better than essential, practical furnishings contributing to a sense of solidity. The trick to giving a room various moods is finding the right lighting. Martini, a name that speaks for itself, is a classic lamp characterised by an iconic design. The structure is treated with a special painting system that makes the surface opaque and soft to the touch. It fits perfectly to any room environment thanks to its original, but at the same time discreet, shape and wide range of colours.


Against the wall The Novecento wall system’s modular design is simple and extremely versatile, allowing you to choose your own composition. It can be easily adapted to any space and lifestyle thanks to its wide range of finishes and configurations. Proxima is a free-standing bookcase, available in two sizes which can be mixed or matched to create a customised interior. Natuzzi is available at Phoenicia Décor. E Call 17 564-444.

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Designed for You

Brio bed

Your home should be designed to suit your tastes and not those of others. This furnishing showroom in town has something for everyone.

French designer Sacha Lakic finds beauty in movement and speed, successfully completing projects concerning motorcycles and cars. Sensitive to the aesthetic joy and pleasure his creations produce, he delved into furniture and home accessories; launching his own line. His Speed Up collection for Roche Bobois is perhaps the most popular range available at their home furnishing showrooms. Remaining true to his racy and aerodynamic belief of grace, each item reflects a happy union between functionalism and passion as well as between the daring and the practical. The Brio bed is available in six colours and boasts a headboard upholstered in technological fabric. Panels available in 12 shades are made in slatted wood; it has a solid beech frame and a varnished walnut stain. The line is complete with a bedside table, chest and lounge armchair. A winning product in Roche Bobois’ Nouveaux Classiques

Voyage Immobile modular sofa

Syntaxe dining set

collection is the Syntaxe dining set. With two optional 50cm extension leaves, this has aged iron legs and tops in solid oak and oak veneer in slatted wood. It also uses ancient antique patina and charcoal-grey oxidised iron. The set works best with Syntaxe stools. Also from the same collection is the Voyage Immobile modular sofa. Upholstered in Famiente fabrics, this settee is entirely removable. Offering padded seating, the Roche Bobois studio has combined a square corner sofa, an armless chair and an ottoman to create a full range that can revamp a whole living space. It also has an adjustable back with a four-gas-pistons mechanism. The colour panel and patterns are enough to spot the signature trend of the interior specialists. Find the showroom in Seef. E Call 17 582-901 or visit

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Make a Move Sometimes all it takes to give a living space a facelift is one bright idea. A leading home décor store in the Kingdom has launched a new range of auto-inspired pieces.

For the automotive obsessed, BoConcept has launched an exciting collection for outfitting your home to reflect your motoring taste. In collaboration with Smart, the automotive branch of Daimler, the Danish furniture retailer brings car culture into the living room in the most accessible way we’ve seen yet. Inspired by the fortwo cabrio, Smartville is a new furniture and accessory collection which aims to solve the small space challenges of urban living. The common aim of both brands was to make the most of the available space in the cities. The furniture and accessory range hits the shelves this month. A new design icon is born The living room takes on a new, cutting-edge dimension with the new BoConcept Smartville collection. Inspired by the bold, unique and personal expression of the smart car, where every design detail is carefully integrated, this range presents an intrepid new look. The chair resembles the seat of a car with its clean high-tech shape, but exceeds comfort expectations for a living-room chair with its swivel and tilt capabilities. Choose from the more formal black leather, tobacco brown or the casual felt in two grey tones. The sofa is quite masculine with its volume and boxy shape, but the wavy surface and soft edges and corners turn it into a casual, welcoming and comfortable sofa.

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Like all other BoConcept sofas, this is completely modular so shoppers can customise configuration, fabrics and leathers with the basic module being exactly as long as a smart ‘for two’ car. The contrasting yellow stitching in the seating range is a funky detail that adds personality and emphasises the curved lines. The coffee table has an organic shape and minimalist design. It is available in white lacquer, oak, walnut and black-stained oak veneer as well as the daring yellow lacquer. Accessories include tableware, special cushions and table clocks. ‘Sleek’ and ‘high-tech’ are the best words to describe the collection. E Call 17 564-319.


A New Home

Spot the newest products in the world of home décor at a newly opened furniture retail outlet in Riffa. It is home to inimitable designs and exclusive accessories.

No one understands the need to create a personal and unique living space like trends haus. Bahrain’s edgiest furniture showroom celebrates its success by launching its first retail outlet in Riffa. Although its flagship outlet in Sitra will continue to serve as a tangible hub for business-to-business inquiries, the impressive interiors brand has chosen to expand its reach through the new space. Here, they aim to service the everyday consumer and showcase a plethora of furniture and home accessories from an extensive repertoire of suppliers. Trends haus guarantees there’s something for everyone, boasting items that can be used in any space and modified to replicate any trend. If you’re looking to mix and match, this is the place to visit. “Every piece on display at our retail showroom will be eclectic, modern and colourful. We give importance to blending functionality and design,” says Yagna Damani, operations manager at trends haus. “The entire range will showcase one-of-a-kind items that cannot be found in the rest of the Kingdom; be it in terms of price, variety or origin. Rest assured; customers are in for a surprise.” A winning feature of the outlet is the provision of an in-house interior designer and a skilled design team. They are available for consultation on projects of all sizes. Whether you are

The expert touch Lebanese artist and interior designer, Zeina Al Alami brings her expertise to Trends Haus. Although minimalist, her artworks are far from dull. Sit with her, share your ideas Zeina Al Alami and walk away with personalised spaces that will undoubtedly exceed your expectation. Her use of colours and patterns reveal her know-how of art and design. “My first concern is functionality. You need to literally live with style. It is what I call the art of living,” Zeina says. Trends Haus is the platform where she merges her interest and experience in the fields of art and culture. looking to refurbish a complete office or simply smarten up your living room, they are your go-to people. Their in-depth knowledge on the product range combined with their creative flair makes the feedback of the trends haus brigade priceless. Working with a large group of suppliers gives them access to an endless array of creations. Therefore, they don’t intend to stick to one look. It is worthwhile to keep popping in to see what’s new on their shelves. Drop in later this month for a peek into the latest in the world of interior design. It is located near the Subaru showroom in Riffa. E Call 17 735-395 or visit

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Meisei Opening Meisei Restaurant in Adliya held a rocking official opening party featuring DJ Kiwi last month

Ricardo Carrera-Lowe & Dr Fadhel Al Arrayedh

Riad, Shiva, Nilantha, Basim & Rajeev

DJ Kiwi

Emma & Alaa

Sophie, Mike & Hani

Mahabul, Raj & Anais

Tom, Sean, Tyrone & Lucas

Sam & Nicole

Brian, Rushon & Loren

Jamie, Rogies, Susie, Hugh & Joe

Gail & CJ

Amy, Steven & Megan

Yousif, Mohammed & Mohamed

SKAL Club Dinner The SKAL Club hosted a dinner reception at the Gulf Hotel's Fusions Restaurant last month

Jano, Fouad, Aqeel, Volker & Ian

Ron, Mohammed, Panos, Michael & Garfield

Mo & Anna

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Mr Nass & Nour

Jochen, Anwar Abdul Rahman, Ebrahim, Michael & Abdullah

Nasser, Shantharam, Imbi & Mohan

Mr & Mrs Halwachi


Tamer & Yousif


Mr & Mrs Sharma


Back to the Future Paden Vaughn Creating an atmosphere of light-heartedness within the more serious subject of fine Indian cuisine and dining, this new restaurant feels just like home. Spectacular is often a misused word, but Lanterns Lounge and Restaurant in Adliya’s 338 food district encapsulates the definition wholeheartedly. Fitting snugly into the area as if it has always been housed there, the newly opened restaurant feels and looks as comfortable as an old friend. A walk through the front gates is like a welcome home, capturing the essence of what has made the original venue successful over the years. The new Lanterns is also a spectacle of colour, form and aromas. Upon entry you cannot help but be impressed by the grass outdoor terrace, featuring its own bar — a perfect setting for lunches and late evenings. Indoors there is a glass-enclosed lounge, with its own bar, and the large main dining area with tables sparkling with shining copper. A private room for families and functions is available and, by the end of the month, the rooftop ‘sky lounge’ will be open as well. Quality food, ambience, fun and companionship may be reasons to frequent Lanterns’ second outlet. But it is not only the highlights of the original that have remained; so too has its reputation as one of finest Indian cuisine restaurants in Bahrain. Also this month

Stylish and contemporary, replete with aged artefacts and designer pieces shipped from India, the atmosphere brings the theatre and spectacle of India alive. With walls of framed early-1900s Indian news clippings, the streetscape of Indian life, a truck adorning the bar and a sweet shop at the front desk, the mix and marriage of decor blends effortlessly. In terms of the menu, many of the old favourites remain. Featuring a variety of Indian classics from tikka masala through to tandoori mixed grills and an interesting selection of contemporary fusion dishes, there’s sure to be something that pleases the palate. Presentation of dishes is appealing. In keeping with the restaurant’s overall chic redesign, traditional curries are given a modernised makeover, still tasting as fantastic as ever. The contemporary fusion dishes are a welcome addition to the menu, excellent for those who seek new and enticing flavours; the seafood thermidor was an enjoyable mix of a classic dish with subtle Asian influences. It’s apparent that Lanterns Lounge and Restaurant is a fantastic new asset to Adliya’s food district. It was never going to be an easy task, recreating one of the country’s most popular and renowned restaurants. But with a fresh new design, a welcoming ambience and most importantly, premium quality cuisine, it’s safe to say that it will definitely light up the district. E Call 17 250-999 (Adliya) or 17 590-591 (Budaiya).

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Lanterns Lounge and Restaurant

When? March 1-31 Event? Food promotion Venue? Chili’s Taste the sizzle of summer at their Chillin’ and Grillin’ festival. E Call 17 531-122. When? March 1-31 Event? Food promotion Venue? Illy Café, Sheraton Bahrain It’s raining strawberries all month long. Have them blitzed, fresh or stewed. E Call 17 533-533. When? March 9, 23, 29 Event? Cooking classes and brunch Venue? Baharat, Kempinski Ixir Hotel Learn the tricks to making the perfect loaf of bread and homemade pasta. E Call 17 171-000. When? March 20, 21, 22 Event? Food festival Venue? It’s Mirchi, Ramee International Hotel Authentic Indian cuisine doesn’t get better than Mumbai Chowpatty fare. E Call 38 381-615. When? March 21 Event? Theme night Venue? Sofi Island, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa You can now enjoy an Arabic buffet under the stars with live entertainment. E Call 17 636-363.

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diningf&bhappenings New on the menu Café Italia launched a new menu on Valentine’s Day. Read on to find out what new dishes they have added. Spoil yourself with the all-new artisan-crafted cakes, chocolates, macaroons and pastries at T-Spoon Café at Kempinski Grand Hotel. They are also available for pick-up, with an advance order time of 24 hours. Saraya at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa offers an authentic Arabic buffet every Saturday at the ‘Flavours of Arabia’ theme night for BD18. The love for Middle Eastern fare continues every Thursday as they put together a special buffet spread every Thursday on Sofi Island. This theme night starts on March 21, allowing you to dine under the stars every weekend.

Are You Hungry? Food-lovers have a lot to be excited about this month. You have a chance to learn about various cuisines from around the world right here in Bahrain.

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Summer dishes are beginning to make an appearance. Grab the first bite at Chili’s as they host a limited-time promotion — Chillin’ and Grillin’. The Chile garlic-rubbed chicken, honey-chipotle chicken tostadas and Chile garlic-rubbed rib eye are the highlights on the menu. Sheraton Bahrain is all about celebrating food this March. Its Chinese restaurant, Soie, invites you to try their special shrimp dishes at BD6.200. On the menu are steamed shrimp moms, wok-tossed jumbo shrimps and Choy’s stewed shrimps amongst many others. Illy Café reveals its love for strawberries with anything from milkshakes and pavlovas to salads and crêpes. Baharat at Kempinski Ixir Hotel might be relatively new in the dining scene. However, that doesn’t stop them from being one of the busiest venues in town. Not only does the hotelier’s popular Friday brunch shift to this Arabian-themed restaurant on March 29, it also plays host to an array of cooking classes. On March 9, the experts tell you everything you need to know to run your own Italian kitchen. On March 23, Kempinski’s gourmet chefs teach you the tricks to making homemade bread. Top off the afternoon with a fine selection of cheeses. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa hosts two cooking classes this month. Chef Stefano gives participants an insight into Italian cuisine at Fiamma on March 2, while chef Phuc helps you master Asian flavours on March 16. It’s Mirchi Restaurant at Ramee International Hotel is known for its ‘Gujarati thali’. From March 20-22, it hosts the Mumbai Chowpatty Food Festival with live cooking stations and more. Waves at Crowne Plaza Bahrain serves up the finest Canadian crabs all month long, starting from BD3.500++. A major dining event to look forward to this month is the Thai festival at Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain. Find out how they make-over their gardens into the backstreets of Bangkok from March 24-31.

Easter specials If there’s one thing The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa knows how to do, it is to throw a dinner party. From March 28-30, the luxury venue makes sure that Easter is celebrated with a special meal. Nirvana and Plum boast lamb delights from around the world. Primavera and The Ritz Gourmet Lounge offer special menus for the occasion. Hunting for easter eggs doesn’t get any better than it does at Crowne Plaza Bahrain as the search spreads over three of its dining venues. Experience hospitality at its best at the Easter brunch on March 29.


For All Occasions James Claire

Italian cuisine is soaked in centuries of history and thanks to the country’s position in Europe and surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, it has a diverse culinary history.

Forged by varying regions of its country, each with their own specialty and a vast wealth of ingredients, the quintessential love of Italian cuisine comes from its simplicity and often rustic style. Ingredients cooked fresh with little over-preparation allow for food full of flavour and texture. So famed is Italian food the world over, pizza and pasta are staples in franchise companies, like Vapiano, in most malls, and our island abounds with a plethora of upscale Italian restaurants such as Nino and Café Italia. From antipasto to tiramisu, pizza to calzone and sardines to zabaglione, Italy is often known as the world’s favourite cuisine style. We take a look here at some of the top regional dishes and specialties of this amazing country, and from where they derive their inspiration. Antipasto The only way to start an Italian meal is with antipasto; a dish similar to Spanish tapas and Arabic mezze. Consisting of multiple bites of differing flavours, usually served in a singular platter, it may also come in individual portions. Literally translating as ‘pre-meal’, or ‘before the meal’, it is a selection of items to excite the palate.

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Varying greatly from region to region, antipasto can consist of different preparations of seafood in the coastal areas to the cured meats, such as pancetta, coppa and salami, olives, artichoke hearts, bruschetta or cheeses, of the hinterland. Campania In the south of Italy, Campania is rich in culinary heritage and renowned as the home to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. The cuisine style varies from area to area; in some provinces it relies on seafood while in others extensive fresh produce. Citrus fruits, such as oranges and lemons, form a common theme due to the rich volcanic soil. Cheeses made from goat, buffalo, cow and sheep milk are produced and Campania is renowned for buffalo mozzarella. While the Gulf of Naples is rich with seafood and fish, Naples itself is known as the origin of pizza and calzone. The region is also the largest producer and consumer of pasta within the country, especially spaghetti which is preferred ‘al-dente’. It’s also home to spaghetti alla puttanesca, which is made with locally grown olives, tomatoes, chili pepper, garlic and anchovies.


Modern Tastes

The home to fine Italian cuisine on the island has changed the dishes and the presentation but, better yet, not the prices.

Italian, reinvented.

Café Italia, our award-winning restaurant has a stylish modern yet casual atmosphere. Café Italia prides itself in serving authentic Italian cuisine; Beech wood-fired Neapolitan Pizza and has an extensive variety of fine beverages.

Having recently introduced a revamped menu with a new look and more delicious dishes added to our trusted favourites, Café Italia will continue to provide its exemplary service, quality cuisine and a great atmosphere to create memorable dining experiences. Executive chef Twedi Martatna promises that the famed favourites remain but, along with a modern leather-bound menu, the offerings are easier to differentiate. “Rather than change, it is simply modernising our offering for the current trends of our clientele, with tapas-style small dishes and more modern flavours,” says chef Twedi. His new menu features such delicacies as tiger prawn rolls with savoury mushroom and cilantro salsa, mini Angus burger with crispy risotto and onion marmalade, baby spinach salad with pomegranate, prawn and feta cheese, buratta basil pizza and Canadian oven-roasted lobster with wild forest mushroom and sautéed vegetables to name a few. Café Italia has always stayed current, a reason why it now has three outlets across the country — the flagship in Adliya’s Block 338 and outlets at Bahrain City Centre and Seef Mall. The best and freshest ingredients, the right wood fire, and the traditional baking by artisan chefs make their famed pizza irresistible. The food is modern, light and enjoyable with well-balanced palate-enticing dishes. To round out the perfect meal there are such sweet enticements as the new assorted sorbet served with wild berries compote, panna cotta with citrus dressing and caramel date cake. Open for lunch and dinner, Café Italia is the home to real Italian — simply done right. E Call 17 744-774 (Adliya), 17 582-823 (Seef) 17 178-595 (Bahrain City Centre).

CAFÉ ITALIA PIZZERIA & RESTAURANT Location : Road 3825, off Sh.Isa Avenue, Adliya Telephone : 17 744 774 Fax : 17 742 229 e-mail : Smoking & non smoking area available

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diningitaliancuisine Piedmont The Piedmont region, lying at the foot of the Alps in Southern Europe, and landlocked by both France and Switzerland, has a culinary heritage derived from its climate of long cold winters. Unlike much of the country, with olives and olive oil as a cooking base, Piedmont uses butter and lard and slow, long cooking methods to revitalise dried fruits, vegetables and meats. Often the meats sourced here would come from cattle at the end of their working lives, where the ‘meat’ is very tough. Local cooking styles work in their favour by producing very tender dishes, soft to taste but full of flavour and sometimes quite rich as a result of the added ingredients. Piedmont is also famed though for its quality Carrù beef served seasoned with garlic oil, salt and lemon juice and enjoyed as raw carpaccio. It’s also known for wild mushrooms, rice, garlic, cheese and white truffles as well as for chestnuts and hazelnuts. In the early 1900s the Ferrero family combined cocoa and hazelnuts into a spread called Nutella; later the family began production of Ferrero Rocher chocolates using the same hazelnuts to find global success.

Umbria Landlocked and one of the smallest regions of Italy, Umbria is noted for its rolling hills and landscape. Culinary traditions have not strayed far from home-style cooking, utilising fresh and natural flavours over many centuries. While pasta dishes are common they are often accompanied here by the locally grown and prized black truffles, which are served with risotto, sauces, pies and other dishes. Umbria produces almost half of Italy’s truffles and, given their black with white veins, they have a very delicate flavour. Meat stews consisting of local salamis, sausages, rabbit or game are popular and are often served with foccacio, or rustic home-style breads. The capital city of the region, Perugia, is known internationally for its chocolate products, especially Baci Perugina. Emilia-Romagna Situated to the north of Italy, this region straddles two waterways: the Gulf of Genoa in the Ligurian Sea and the Gulf of Venice in the Adriatic Sea. A consequence of this is that the area has one of the most favourable locations geographically for agriculture. Accounting for a major portion of Italy’s livestock and milk production, the region has invested heavily in quality and technology to increase its output and standards. Fruit, vegetables, sugar, wheat, tomatoes and grapes — for wine — are all grown in abundance here. Renowned regionally for the farming of pigs, it has also secured international fame for such products as Parma and prosciutto ham, Modena ham, mortadella, salami, polenta, traditional balsamic vinegars and, of course, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. With such ingredients and basics the dishes which derive from them are among some of the most delicious in the Italian repertoire. These include favourites such as tortellini and, named after the Capital city Bologna, Bolognese sauce — or spaghetti Bolognese.

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Tuscany Central to the country and between the regions of Emilia Romagna and Umbria, Tuscany, with Florence as its capital city, has a romantic attachment to it — favoured for its hills and majestic scenery in books and movies. Tuscan cuisine has risen in popularity in recent years due to its healthier and lighter approach, with the use of less fat and oil and more grilling. The region is rich in vegetables, fruits and which feature heavily in salads and main dishes as well as desserts. Fish, seafood, chicken, cattle and wild game, such as hare, deer, pheasant and wild boar, all play a major part in the cuisine of the region. These are combined with fresh herbs to secure an impactful flavour. Rich in all forms of agriculture, locally pressed olive oil stars in many dishes, as do herbs such as wild asparagus, peas, leeks and white truffles. The overriding success of the cuisine is that, with so much fresh produce available, simplicity plays an important part of dishes. Few complications allow the freshness of dishes to shine through and this has resonated with restaurants and franchises around the world.


Take It Home!

Combining fresh ingredients with modern Italian decor and high quality food options, the menu includes hand-tossed pizzas and freshly made pasta, all made in sight of guests.

In 2002 Vapiano first appeared in Germany, intent on changing the way we eat. Today it is a global brand and considered to be one of the best fresh casual dining venues, carving itself a refreshing niche in modern dining. Located at Level 1 in Bahrain’s City Centre, Vapiano offers a dynamic difference with urban upscale ambience and modern interactive guest service. All the dishes are made in front of guests with fresh ingredients and authentic Italian recipes. Not ‘fast food’ but great ‘food fast’; it is possible to order, watch and dine within minutes. The Vapiano experience is one about freshness and flavour, turning pizza into a deliciously different, made-to-order, handtossed and oven-roasted delicacy. Freshly made in-house pasta and hand-tossed gourmet salads add to the mix and have allowed the successful brand to launch outlets around the world since its inception. It now has over 110 locations throughout Europe, the USA, Far East, Australia and the Middle East. Ultimate souvenir Now you can bring a piece of the Vapiano experience home is now made possible with their new ‘home cups’. Handmade red porcelain mugs each with individual, hand-drawn designs make them a must-have for fans of the lifestyle brand. They are a perfect souvenir of any visit to the Kingdom with each cup showing a piece of history or culture of the Vapiano city in which it is purchased. E Call 17 491-391 or email


Bahrain City Centre, Level 2 Bahrain International Airport, Gate 17 Ramli Mall, Ground Floor

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Chef’s Speciality


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Al Forno Bice Ristorante Café Italia Café Italia Pizzeria & Restaurant Caffe Spasso Carino’s Italian Grill Cico’s Cucina Italiana Fiamma

Spinach ravioli Fungata Café Italia pizza Penne Cafe Italia

Amwaj Islands Moda Mall Adliya BCC; Seef Mall

16 010-528 17 533-666 17 744-774 17 178-595; 17 582-823 17 822-274 17 587-878 17 713-710 17 001-317 17 636-363

Mahooz Seef Adliya Al Safir Hotel Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa Gusto The Palm Square Gusto pizza Il Giardino Mixed seafood charcoal grill. Elite Seef Residence Italiano Al A’ali Complex Pasta fettuccine Justapasta Bahrain Mall Chicken Primavera La Cucina Adliya La Cucina pescatora La Pergola The Gulf Hotel Sea bass served on mushroom risotto La Taverna Tris al taverna City Centre Hotel Veal escalope with a Masso The Palace Hotel lemon and caper dressing Linguine all’astice Medzo InterContinental Regency Hotel Crema di funghi Seef Mall Mia Mia Pizza tricolour Adliya Mino’s Pizzeria Camberoni alla Diavolo The Diplomat Radisson Mondo Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa Al A’ali Complex Pollo ricotta Nino Adliya Cernia al sale Oliveto Zamil Tower Lasagna stacks Pasta Art BCC The Pastarito sandwich Pastarito Ristoranti Adliya Risotto ai frutti di mare Pomodorini Royal Golf Club Gnocchi di patate alla Prego capasanta ‘Strangozzi’ with artichokes The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Primavera Hotel & Spa Lumache ‘modo-nostrum’ Umm al Hassam Roma Juffair Romano’s Macaroni Grill Chicken under a Brick BCC Pizza alfredo bianco Vapiano Best Western The Olive 15 kinds of wood fired Vesuvio Italian Pub & pizza Pizzeria

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Spasso Siciliano burger Jalapeno garlic crème dori Grilled baby calamari Wood fire pizza Tagliatelle mari e monti

17 695-556 17 583-388 17 581-919 17 506-070 17 111-131 17 746-419 17 229-979 17 721-061 17 227-777 17 564-414 17 744-777 17 531-666

Sicily The island off the tip of the ‘boot’ of Italy, the culinary heritage of Sicily has been heavily influenced by its Mediterranean neighbours to the east, west and south. Utilising an abundance of seafood, such as tuna, sardines, anchovies, sea bream, squid, swordfish, scampi and sea bass, dishes from here are perennially popular. Feasts of family and community are equally revered in Sicily and the food style has often been described as ‘peasant cooking’. Sunshine, fertile volcanic soils and good irrigation has led to an island that produces nearly 70 per cent of the Italy’s citrus fruit and is the third-highest region for the production of Italian olive oil. Among top crops is durum wheat, which produces semolina used in breads, desserts and cookery and of course pasta. Cattle such as pigs, cows and sheep are farmed for their meat. Sheep and cows are also fed on a variety of herbs such as rosemary, sorrel, basil, mint and thyme; from this flavoured milk is used to produce a range of delicious cheeses. Of Sicily’s most famed dishes, ‘arancini balls’ of Messina would have to be at the top of the list. Baked or fried these rice-filled balls are a distant relation to the Arabic kibbe. Dolce Meaning sweet, this refers to Italian desserts, which are numerous, and many of which have gone on to find global success, such as tiramisu, cassatta, biscotti, panna cotta, zabaglione, canolli and gelato. The world has often accepted Italian dishes for their simplicity, and the desserts and sweets are an expression of this. Tiramisu, for instance, contains just a handful of ingredients and is best when made fresh for fullest flavour. With influences from Arabs, Greeks and North Africans, desserts, too, differ according to their origins. Ice-creams vary from super-smooth gelatos to granite, which is flavoured sweetened frozen water and renowned for its crystalline texture. From desserts rich in hazelnuts and chocolate to fruit-based delights, such as cassata siciliania, to dried fruits, Italy has a vast array of dishes to end the menu. Not convinced, then try out the combination of chocolate and honey for panforte de siena — a delicious dessert that will make you proud to both make and eat!

17 566-555 17 716-747 17 001-750 17 179-300 17 000-121 17 751-263 17 580-000 17 725-885 17 506-070 17 491-391 17 360-063


Loyalty Repaid Always changing to meet customers’ tastes and the modern world of cuisine, this restaurant launches its 2013 menu and a loyalty card to reward us for our patronage.

Offering new monthly dishes to tempt us, Nino Restaurant’s chef Patrick Minj has worked overtime and created a delicious, modern, stylish and tempting menu for the new year. Filled with gorgeous photography, the menu consists of almost 100 per cent new dishes as it makes everything look and sound more appealing through its visuals. This is not just any new menu revamp, though. The dishes may be new, such as the wagyu sausage fonduto, tostade gamberetti, fried short ribs and pollo fritto Americano, but so too is the style. Presentation and flavours have all been updated to truly modern cuisine. New dishes are featured in every section; even dessert has new choices and all dishes are truly cutting edge with such modern delicacies as imported Buratta cheese, truffle pesto, wild mushrooms and the freshest of global vegetables. Nino’s has even renewed and enhanced their ‘weight management menu’ with such delicacies as pollo verde, chicken marinated with mixed green herbs, lightly breaded and grilled, and served with farro grain salad and light chermula aioli. Or perhaps try a tagliata griglia, the leanest cut of Angus tenderloin grilled with farro grain salad and light Dijonnaise aioli. Eating healthy and staying slim never tasted so good. Dining establishments have always had to adapt to new economic climates and changes in the way we eat, but Nino restaurant truly works hard to stay that little bit ahead of us, offering dishes that we instantly fall in love with. Avant-garde since it opened many years ago, the restaurant has remained popular with its Arabic-infused Italian fare. Its chefs continue to deliver inspiring dishes and generous portions into the bargain.

Loyalty card The month also sees Nino launch its ‘frequent diner loyalty card’. The card itself is free and rewards regular diners with one point per dinar spent. When diners reach a specified number of points they will receive a voucher for BD10 for future dining. Nino is the Al Kharafi Group’s first outlet to introduce this system and will eventually incorporate all their brands, making it a must-have dining option especially for families. New walkway From March, visitors will also enjoy the new exterior pedestrian paved walkways within the restaurant alley of Al Aali Shopping Complex. A trip to this chic modern New York warehouse conversion will be even more pleasurable. Coupled with a delicious new menu and a loyalty card for frequent diners, this month really is a time to renew our love for Nino Restaurant. E Call 17 566-555.

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diningf&bhappenings KEMPINSKI GRAND & IXIR HOTEL

A Grand Brunch

One of the island’s favourite weekend brunches shifts venues this month, starting from Easter Friday.

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March is a big month for Kempinski as it revamps its Friday Family Brunch by moving it from Saveur at Kempinski Grand Hotel to Baharat at Kempinski Ixir Hotel. A shift in space does not mean a change in quality; in fact, it has only become grander. Launching on March 29, the gala brunch takes on an Easter theme, offering an afternoon complete with delicious food and lively entertainment. From an Easter egg hunt and face painting to goodie bags, there is a lot on offer for the little ones. Add a live band to the formula and you have a family affair to remember. That is only the beginning. Every following Friday, the unique dining experience continues at this Arabic-inspired venue. Enjoy the warm intimacy of Baharat and indulge in the continental gourmet buffet that you couldn’t stop being a part of week after week at Saveur. With its facelift comes a special corner loaded with Middle Eastern specialties. Try traditional Arabian and contemporary dishes prepared in true Baharat style.

Young guests can enjoy a dedicated children’s buffet, the playroom and activities, as well as the friendly mascots that will keep them entertained while you have a great time with your friends and family. Although so much has changed in terms of venue, the things that got you falling in love with Kempinski’s Friday brunch continue to be on offer. Take advantage of the special offer once you have brunched to relax by the outdoor infinity pool. Located on the third floor between the two towers of the hotel, this offers a captivating view of the city and its skyline. Soak up the sun while your children play in the Camelo Club, equipped with toys and games for those aged between three and eight years. The family brunch at Kempinski is undoubtedly a great way to kick off the weekend. So join in the fun every Friday at BD28++ (inclusive of beverages) from 12.30-4pm. Drive around the corner to Kempinski Ixir Hotel for valet parking; bring your swimwear. E Call 17 171-000, email or visit

When? March 24-31 | Event? Thai food festival | Venue? Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain

F&b manager Nizar Ellakkis, chef Alfred Züberbuehler and general manager Heinz Krähenbühl go Thai at Mövenpick Hotel’s gardens


Thai Cultural Festival The confluence of food and culture is significant in Thailand as it affects how its people dine. You now have a chance to experience their traditions on our island.

Thai food needs no introduction. Its profusion of exotic aromas and tastes makes it among the most coveted of international cuisines. Whether it is the juicy chunks of grilled meat on skewers or a fiery bowl of tom yum soup, you have got to experience its seemingly inexhaustible flavours. What better place to understand Thai cuisine than the gorgeous gardens of Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain. Capturing the atmosphere of the backstreets of Bangkok, the five-star hotel replicates the food stalls of the Far Eastern kingdom, offering fare that spans staple backpacker favourites and Thai classics. Under the umbrella of the Royal Thai Embassy and in partnership with the award-winning airline Oman Air, the grand food festival returns for another successful edition this year. The venture focuses on sharing the unique culture and traditions from March 24-31. The main feature of this style of cuisine is freshness, in terms of ingredients and preparation. This is why the Mövenpick has accommodated the concept of open-air dining, where you can walk through the ‘streets of Thailand’ and into a stall of your choice to find chefs cooking up sizzling specialties in woks, steaming delicious dim sums or tossing Asian salads. It is so authentic an experience that you can almost see floating markets in the sprawling lagoon. The countless live cooking stations spread across the hotel’s garden area are led by the expert chefs from the Mövenpick Hotel Chiang Mai.

Making it real is the live performance of traditional Thai dances by the seven performers especially flown in for the occasion. With the colourful costumes of the staff and entertainers, the hotel really does bring Thailand to you. Savour every dish from 7pm at BD15++ per person. In addition, the hotel has also arranged a massage corner where an expert therapist will take care of those awful knots. A vacation to the southeast nation translates to a time of utmost relaxation and good food. Prizes and cooking lessons The surprises do not end with the creative fruit carving station. Each diner has the chance of winning a round-trip business class ticket from Oman Air to Bangkok. All you need to do is fill in a questionnaire that automatically enters you into the raffle. Who couldn't use a vacation, after all? Take advantage of the chefs by learning to prepare authentic Thai fare from the experts. The cooking classes start at 10am and winds up by 1pm, followed by lunch. Be part of a session on March 24, 25 or 26 for BD12.500++. Each session can accommodate a maximum of 15 participants; so book in advance to avoid disappointment. E Call 17 460-000 or email

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diningf&bhappenings MAKI RESTAURANT

Magical Moments A raft of unique creations adorn the menu as fusion cuisine acquires a new meaning at this Japanese restaurant; be prepared to be amazed by the tastes you will encounter.

When? March 19 | Event? Magical Moments night | Venue? Maki Restaurant

Unagi Horenso Maki


Burger Feast Signature service and perfect location, matched with monthly offerings to tempt us, has seen this hotel endure as one of the country’s most popular hotels.

When? March 14-April 12 | Event? Burger promotion | Venue? Le Jardin Restaurant; The Exchange Restaurant & Pub

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Always the innovators toying with our vision of Japanese cuisine, the chefs of Maki, located in the Bahrain World Trade Centre, constantly tempt us with new offerings. Foie gras, house-grown extra virgin olive oil, and truffles are not usual Japanese ingredients; they become delicious, though, inside Maki’s kitchen. With numerous awards across multiple countries for their dining and food capabilities, Maki Restaurant Bahrain has recently launched their latest menu — 15 magical moments of fusion cuisine. Turning dining into an event, this latest menu features samples of 15 signature Maki creations paired with complimentary beverages, making your dining experience one to savour and relish. Be tempted with Caviaroli Maki, prepared with exclusive spheres of extra virgin olive oil, topping a combination of ume (plum) and spinach wrap and filled with succulent tempura prawn. Bader Maki, prepared in honour of a famous Bahrain TV personality, comes with plentiful seafood, a flavourful exotic cress and black sesame. There’s also Unagi Horenso Maki, made with freshwater eel, and aromatic mint leaves. Arranged in equally appealing dishware, and garnished with zesty sauces, each and every dish is sure to delight diners. This month Maki holds their ‘15 magical moments of fusion cuisine’ event on March 19; booking in advance is advised as seating is limited. Maki is open daily from 12 noon to 11.30pm, and until 12 midnight on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and public holidays. E Call 17 522-733 or 36 999-102 or email maki. Located in the heart of Adliya, Ramada Bahrain hotel is conveniently located for both business and pleasure. Locals and expatriates need not stay here, though, to enjoy the sumptuous food, music and monthly promotions. March is a feast for those who hunger for a hearty meal, with the launch of the ‘Burger Lovers’ promotion from March 14 to April 12. Let your taste buds delight in sumptuous burgers, fresh accompaniments and cooked how you like it service as Le Jardin Restaurant adds the best burgers in town to its menu. Coupled with an all-day selection of dishes and a relaxing ambiance, this promotion is a burger lovers’ dream come true; so, let your palate go into overdrive. Early risers can rejoice in the new ‘Ramada mornings’ option also. Daily from 6am till 10am, an abundant fresh and enticing buffet of gourmet treats await you. Indulge yourself with the best breakfast spread in town, savouring a banquet fit for royalty with your family, friends and loved ones. If you prefer basking in the sun, visit the Oasis swimming pool and enjoy light snacks and refreshing selections of cocktails and mocktails. If mornings are not your thing, then The Exchange Restaurant and Pub is an excellent choice to help soothe your evenings with great pub food and live music from The Mystique band, playing Sundays to Fridays from 9pm onwards. Live music, fresh food promotions and with a perfect location central to everything, the Ramada Bahrain hotel invites us all to experience a taste revolution at its finest. E Call 17 742-000.

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 Meisei Memories Mo Kan Monsoon Nu Asia Panasia

17 717-717 17 178-701 17 537-555 17 178-083 16 010-321 17 525-455 17 007-770 17 178-646 17 360-000 17 749-222 17 587-171 17 721-600

Rosa Verge Skyw@lk Café World Beat Café

13 667-777 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

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

Papaya Peppers Rice Bowl Thai Chi Tian Wok Yum Chow!

17 697-105 17 717-808 17 179-600 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

17 750-777 17 339-508 17 696-031 77 177-660 17 369-165 17 582-259 17 532-538

Indian Aachi’s Chettinad Kitchen 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

17 233-110 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

17 290-945 17 002-490

Lebanese 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

17 131-111 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

Middle Eastern

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

Arirang Da Rae Jung

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

Iranian Golestan Isfahani Parsian Persian Garden Takht Jamsheed Tehran Grill


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

Polynesian Trader Vic’s

17 586-555

Seafood Afandi Far East Seafood Market Fish Market La Marine La Mer La Perle Seafood Market

17 849-111 17 727-230 17 701-201 17 595-775 17 636-411 17 298-008 17 533-336

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

17 506-070 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

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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Gulf Hotel Seafood & Fine Vintage Tasting The Gulf Hotel invited a number of guests to sample a selection of seafood and matching fine vintage at the hotel's Vintage Outlet Christophe, Abdul & Ian

Stefan & Deen

Rain & Stefan

Rich & Lora

Lamina, Christophe & Louis

Silvia & Christophe

Imbi, Ian & guests

Ryan, Lamina, George & Tony

Hadil, Riina & Imbi

Pauline & Maria

Barbecue With Krazy Kevin Stan & Kathryn hosted a barbecue with a number of their friends in honour of Krazy Kevin, who was on a flying visit to Bahrain last month

Kevin, Tracy, Kathryn & Michiela

Stan & Kevin

Maya & Lily

Alex, Ben, Harry, Luke, Stan, Faris & Daniel

Hassan & Kevin

Tony & Kevin


Connor & Kevin


Social Media Club Event The Social Media Club hosted an event for members & guests to experience the all-new Blackberry Z10 at the Al Ayam Media Centre last month

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Lewa, Ahmed & Ali

Khalid & Ali

Reyham & Manal


afterdarkthismonth When? March 15 | Event? Nightclub launch | Venue? Best Western Al Olaya Suites

Escape the Routine This month marks the opening of a brand-new nightspot off Exhibition Road, where entertainment and good food are the highlights. Throwing open its doors on the Ides of March is a new hip venue worth checking out. The lobby bar at the newly opened Best Western Al Olaya Suites in Exhibition Road, Lapalapa is the perfect place to meet with a group of friends, wait for a table for dinner, or enjoy the ambience and a cocktail. Add to that live music seven nights a week, a creative drink made with fresh fruit of the tropics or a special coffee and life doesn’t get much better. They have created a unique restaurant concept around original recipes. Lapalapa is committed to providing only the freshest and highest quality cuisine in a distinctive setting within a friendly atmosphere at exceptional prices. A five-member Filipino band, Mystique, will bring the night alive from 9pm onwards and is guaranteed to attract you to the dance floor. Also on the table are theme nights, where the music and entertainment varies every evening. One night of the week is dedicated to the lady guests. Relaxed informal seating, a live band that keeps you jiving and delicious finger food straight off the grill — the ground floor bar is a swank addition to the local scene. A multi-cuisine menu, drawn up by the creative continental specialist Chef Rahul, will feature something for everyone, Also this month

be it Arabic, Italian or Filipino cuisines, and even grills and sizzlers. “Compared to other venues in the vicinity, ours will be more value offering with better quality food and service,” promises general manager Ved Prakash. “There’s a dedicated dining section for those who want a sitdown dinner, while the rest of the guests can hang out at the bar area or hit the dance floor. For early birds, this is a great setting to meet friends, enjoy a few drinks and maybe an early dinner, before the band takes over.” Lapalapa’s daily menus feature savoury entrées and appetisers complemented by deliciously prepared desserts and an impressive selection of wines and spirits. By night the tropical sophistication of its intimate dining area is enhanced by live music. The bar, without doubt, will witness fun nights and host great times. It is open daily from lunchtime onwards. This promises to be the ideal place to experience an exquisite meal, watch your favourite sport, organise get-togethers, and to simply unwind. Escape from routine into this abode of great food and fun. A special attraction for two weeks into the launch of the resto-bar is the live performance by popular Filipina stand-up artist, singer and actor — Tuesday Vargas. E Call 17 161-616.


When? March 7 Event? DJ night Venue? Capital Club Dance away at one of Bahrain’s most exclusive parties — Let Love Rule 2. E Call 36 663-509 or email When? March 7, 17, 29 Event? Theme nights Venue? Pars International Hotel Three nightlife venues are chockfull of exciting parties. E Call 17 814-777. When? March 8 Event? DJ night Venue? Amwaj Marina Beach That’s right; Candee Beach parties are back! It’s bikini time from 3-10pm. E Call 37 779-936. When? March 11, 19 Event? Theme nights Venue? Mai Tai, Trader Vic’s After-work fun and ladies’ nights are in full swing at the lagoon lounge. E Call 17 586-555. When? March 14-17 Event? Dublin Club, Ramee Palace Hotel Venue? St Patrick’s Day celebrations The Irish-American pub goes all out and hosts a four-day-long bash. E Call 39 736-547.

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afterdarkhappenings When? March 15 Event? Nightclub launch Venue? Best Western Al Olaya Suites Keep an eye out for the Lapalapa Bar, the new nightlife venue in town. E Call 17 161-616. When? March 15 Event? Club Buffalo, Ramee California Hotel Venue? St Patrick’s Day celebrations Are you ready for a dance-off? The music just got louder. E Call 33 731-000. When? March 15, 31 Event? Theme nights Venue? Enigma, Windsor Tower Catch the in-house band bringing the roof down with the greatest rock hits. E Call 17 297-000.


Cut Loose this March

When? March 17 Event? St Patrick’s Day celebrations Venue? JJ’s Irish Pub & Restaurant The Woodbines are back to show party-goers a great time. E Call 39 329-083.

With the oncoming summer days, the outdoor party scene seems to have picked up. Bikini season is just around the corner. The second edition of Let Love Rule is being hosted at the Capital Club by Punchline Media on March 7. Lebanon’s house guru, DJ Said Mrad, is joined by Bahrain’s own DJ Miled and R&B DJ Outlaw. Have you missed the most popular beach party on the island? Fret not; Candee Beach is back on March 8 at Amwaj Marina.

Robin S flies over from New York to show us what she’s made of. The singer-dancer of Show Me Love fame will perform live at The Dragon Hotel & Resort at Amwaj on March 22. Following its success, Bizarre Lounge at Kempinski Ixir Hotel has chosen to continue its monthly ‘Hot in the City’ theme night on March 21 with DJ Billie setting the mood. Win amazing prizes at midnight. Enjoy the graceful moves of Thais, a Brazilian belly dancer in the neighbouring restaurant, Baharat, on March 29. March 11 marks the return of ‘after-work fun’ to Mai Tai Lounge at Trader Vic’s. Enjoy three drinks and a selection of their signature ‘tidbits’ at BD10. Ladies’ night makes a comeback to the stilt house on March 19. Women, or ‘vahines’ as they say, will receive three drink coupons and a chance to win unique giveaways. Rocky’s Café goes all out with the Metal Meltdown, where four metal bands battle it out all night long. Catch Motör Militia, Smouldering in Forgotten, Perversion and Rain in Hell perform live on March 22. Enigma at Windsor Hotel will organise two theme parties this month: Glam Our Rock Nite on March 15 and Bunny Love on March 31. Filipino band Mystyx will perform all your favourite party songs. Pars International, on the other hand, has three theme nights this month beginning with the Salsa Casino party on March 7 at Latin Quarter. On March 13, the same venue focuses on the Mexican culture. The ‘Doppler effect’ is at its peak on March 29 as Z-Club hosts a black and white party.


Amy Winehouse Tribute At JJ's Amy Winehouse fans were out in force at JJ's Irish Restaurant to enjoy Vicky Jackson's tribute to the iconic singer last month

Siyana & Mona

Beatriz, Jose Maria, Rafa, Grace, Ahmed, Tanya, Martin & Jordi

Kay, Kirsty, Janette, Audrey, James & Iain

Vicky Jackson as Amy Winehouse

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Kate, Liz, Steph & Sarah

Robert & Gordon

Travis, Mhari, Matt, Alex & Cameron

Ciara, Wees, Daniella & Jose

Kathy, Kersty & Justeen

Easter bash Club F1 at Metropolitan Hotel hosts an Easter bash with a special three-course set menu. Take advantage of the month-long lobster promotion; get a complimentary glass of house beverage with every order. On March 27, they invite you to have a night of fun at their ‘Tarzan and Jane’ party. Walk into The Warbler at Baisan International Hotel on March 31 as it celebrates Easter with a three-course set menu as well. Dublin Club at Ramee Palace encourages you to have an overdose of chocolate on March 29. New artists Lose yourself to their groovy tunes by Rick and Zoe at The K Lounge at The K Hotel. The Mezzanine Lounge at Kempinski Grand Hotel is now home to terrific performances by the duo, Lelane and Jamelo. Rumour has it that a new band is flying in from the Philippines this month. Fire and Rain is set to be the new resident band at The Warbler, which also happens to have a new in-house DJ Tholits. Camelot welcomes Nathalie Karlsson, who will perform six nights a week at the venue. She has an extensive repertoire and a great vocal range. Read on to find out who the new DJ is at JJ’s Irish Restaurant & Pub.

Rick and Zoe

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Tariq's Birthday Party Tariq celebrated his birthday with a number of his friends at Club 360, Elite Crystal Hotel, Juffair last month

Birthday boy Tariq, Muneer & Baraa

Isaac & Tanya

Charlie, Kat, Tariq & Sam

Nea & Patati Sophie & Mai

Pitsa & TK

Cecila, Tariq & Amy

Jeremy, Tariq, Nadia & Lee

Ashley, Laura, Sam & Sophie

Amy, Tariq & John

Natalia, Tariq & Rosa

Tariq & Sasha

Latin Quarter & Z Club Nights The Latin Quarter & Z Club at the Pars International Hotel in Juffair was a hive of action over the Valentine's weekend

Marissa, Uday & Joy

Pappi, Chido, Cholo, Puppet & Chingon

Katya, Haitham, Stella & Rashid

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Sharif, Hasmin, Badria, Tess & Raquib

Hassan, Isa, Danielle, Danae & Niki

Ricardo & Sandra

Angelica, Andrea & Nathalia

Aboody & Abdulla

The Irish Charm

The city goes green in a whole new way in the second week of March as it celebrates a famous Irish holiday — St Patrick’s Day. Find out what’s on in town.

The Warbler at Baisan International Hotel offers a special three-course set menu on March 17. You will, without doubt, spot some Irish favourites. Rocky’s Café at Ramee International Hotel has chosen to kick off the fun a little early. Drop in on March 14 for the ‘Lucky Charms’ bash. Live entertainment includes performances by the resident band, All In, supported by powerful sets by DJ Dan. Boomers at Pars International Hotel joins in on the celebrations with a party on March 17. The resident band The Noty Notes keeps guests entertained with the help of DJ Jessika. The nightclub also offers special cocktails and complimentary snacks. Club Buffalo at Ramee California Hotel hosts their St Patrick’s bash on March 15. Catch Deluxe pumping out great music all night long; set fire to the dance floor. VDJ Paul Reese helps set the mood. Truly Irish No venue looks forward to this holiday like an Irish pub. Ramee Palace cannot hold in the excitement. So, the party here lasts for four days beginning on March 14. Indulge in a three-course special menu through the weekend. Prove your musical skills on March 16 as it’s the St Patty’s version of their jam sessions. The Woodbines return to JJ’s Irish Restaurant & Pub with more new tracks. Be prepared to have a lot of fun as they bring Ireland’s best to Bahrain. The event commences at 6pm on March 17; tickets are BD5.

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afterdarkhappenings When? March 17 | Event? St. Patrick’s celebration | Venue? JJ’s Irish Restaurant & Pub

The Woodbines


Great Pub; Great ‘Craic’ The Irish venues have upped the ante this month with St Patty’s Day around the corner. A leading nightclub gives you enough reason to walk in night after night.

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In years gone by JJ’s Irish Restaurant & Pub has always been the place to be on St Patrick’s Day; 2013 will be no different. The Irish Society in Bahrain has teamed up with the nightclub to bring you the most exciting and memorable event on March 17 as they proudly welcome back The Woodbines. What do you get when you assemble five of Ireland’s finest traditional and rock musicians? The answer is the sheer power, energy and live storm that this Celtic rock band has to offer. Their live sound can capture the most discerning audience. Formed in April 2007, the band is one of the most soughtafter acts in the Irish and European live music scene. Blending traditional Irish music with pop, rock, Cajun and folk songs to create a blistering live show, The Woodbines brew up a storm wherever they perform. Having played some high-profile gigs in Ireland especially on the festival scene, they have supported major acts such as the Stockton Wing, De Danan, Aslan and The Saw Doctors. The Woodbines certainly serve up a pulsating eclectic set wherever they perform. What other band can boast mashing traditional Irish tunes and reels with such popular artists like

the Violent Femmes, The Bangles and Guns N’ Roses, while keeping the faith alive in traditional classics from Stockton Wing and the Horslips. If you haven’t seen the band yet it is advisable to see them soon. You really don’t know what you’ve been missing. The event commences at 6pm; join in for BD5. New DJ in the house DJ James ‘Jimmy’ Berry joins JJ’s Irish Restaurant & Pub this March, ready for the exciting event on St Patty’s Day. He brings with him over 20 years of experience in the music scene in addition to a horde of events to his name. Jimmy is without doubt a great mixologist. A vibrant and experienced host, he is a time-served master of the decks, tune selection, mike and stage. He was a finalist in the hunt for ‘DJ of the Year 2001’ at London’s Hippodrome. JJ’s is always ready to take on challenges that range from a new menu to new entertainers. Drop in for a Guinness and a bite; you'll know why people love to spend time unwinding here. E Call 39 329-083.

The Noty Notes


March is a month of nonstop parties at a four-star hotel in the Kingdom. Bar hopping is never more fun than it is here.

An oriental band takes the stage night after night at Z-Club in Pars International Hotel, making it the perfect place for those looking to party. The trendy nightclub hosts a black and white theme party on March 29. Groove to the beats of DJ duo, Guy and Plz, as they burn up the dance floor with the help of the resident band, The Blur. The dress code is self-explanatory. Ladies and couples can walk into ‘monochrome land’ for free. Women get a complimentary welcome drink. Titbits that pair well with their cocktails will be passed around as well. The best-dressed guest will win fabulous prizes. Every night is a good night at this lounge for women. Complimentary martinis make their way to the ladies’ tables on Sundays. Mondays aren’t called peppermint nights for nothing; ladies, clink your mojitos till midnight. There’s no better day for a girls’ night out than Tuesdays and Saturdays as the bar gives away free snacks and shooters. Bring on the weekend with a buzz from the welcome drink you can get on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Boomers It wasn’t really a pub until it’s got an Irish touch to it. Located just off the main lobby, the venue offers a traditional pub atmosphere with great food, beverages and entertainment to match. On March 17, they celebrate St Patricks’ Day with specially concocted drinks, complimentary snacks and free entry for guests. The music scene is sensational with Filipino band, The Noty Notes, on stage and DJ Jessika at the decks. It’s Hawaiian night on Thursdays at this venue that stays open from noon to 2am.

The Caribbean Beats

Latin Quarter This dine-in venue features a mosaic of tastes through a healthy selection of authentic Latin American delicacies and luscious cocktails. Living up to the Latino spirit, this venue hosts two special nights to get your hips swaying. Show them how to salsa on March 7. It’s a dance off at the Salsa Casino party. The Caribbean Beats band will entertain you with the fantastic rhythms of their irresistible dance music along with DJ Arvin spinning at the deck. Walk in on March 13 as they host a Mexican night. This theme party calls for amazing dance moves and delicious bites. You are offered complimentary snacks early in the night. The entry fee is BD3 from 6-9pm and BD5 after 9pm. E Call 17 814-777.

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afterdarkhappenings A rugged saloon with all the creature comforts is here for you seven nights a week, delivering the best in food and entertainment.


The Wild Side When? March 15 | Event? St Patrick’s Day celebrations | Venue? Club Buffalo


Stepping down into Club Buffalo, at the Ramee California Hotel, is like stepping back into a simpler time when the West was wild and so was the entertainment. With the walls rich in dark wood panelling and one of the longest bars in Bahrain, this nightclub draws you in with comfort. They have three different areas to suit your needs. The dining room is in the back, away from the noise, ready to serve you lip-smacking meals cooked up by a talented chef who can adapt any menu item to your liking and come up with something to suit your taste. The dance floor and billiards area are right in the middle of all the action, where some of Bahrain’s legendary bands have made their mark. The bar area is a cross between the quiet and the action and allows you to keep your finger on the pulse of the party. All three spaces are very adaptable to any occasion or party you can think of. With St Patrick’s Day on the calendar and monthly theme nights there is always a party going on and something to do. Daily happy hours start at 4pm with 20 per cent off food and drinks until 9pm. You can also play billiards for free during this time. Resident band Deluxe brings down the house six nights a week with in-house VDJ Paul Reese. The party spirit never ends with ladies’ night every night, except Thursday, from 9pm-1am. E Call 33 731-000.


Kenza Lounge Opening The K Hotel in Juffair held a exclusive reception to mark the opening of the hotel's Kenza Lounge

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Abdulrahman, Talal Kanoo, Khalid Kanoo, Ahmed & Faisal Kanoo

Mohammed Yateem, Aqeel Raees, Farouk Almoayyed, Faisal Kanoo, Volker Mandlowsky & Ron Peters

Monica, Suresh & Sana

Garfield Jones, Abdul Nabi & Mohammed Buzizi

Paul & Abbas

Kiron & John

Helen, Elen & Tom

Bambi, Likhiya & Ayla

Durry & Tareef

Sana & Lindsay


The Luck of the Irish St Patrick’s Day is the single most anticipated date on the calendar in an Irish nightclub. This year it falls on a Sunday, offering an excuse for a four-day non-stop celebration.

When? March 14-17 | Event? St Patrick’s Day celebrations | Venue? Dublin Club


Starting on a Thursday and running through the weekend into March 17, St Patrick’s Day will be celebrated like never before at The Dublin Club, in the Ramee Palace Hotel. Resident band Evolver have been rehearsing their Irish back catalogue for a bit of ‘craic’ and will be playing nightly over the four days. DJ Conny will be behind the decks spinning all the latest dance floor fillers and some exclusive remixes with an Irish twist. It’s time to indulge in plenty of the black stuff and join in the madness. A three-course Irish-inspired menu will be available all through the weekend including a beverage to get the party started. On March 16, it’s the St Patrick’s Jam. This is an Irishthemed version of the weekly Jam Night. So moisten your vocal chords; tune those guitars. It’s time for you to shine on stage as the eighth member of Evolver. Moving on to the end of the month, it’s the Easter Eggstravaganza on March 29, an evening of entertainment, bunnies and chocolate. Evolver and DJ Conny are once again providing the entertainment for the evening, rocking the dance floor from 9pm. Sports fans are in for a treat this month with action from the Champions League knock-out stages, RBS Six Nations and Europe’s domestic leagues. Don’t miss a kick, catch or goal. Catch all the action shown live and large on their big screen. E Call 39 736-547 or visit Club Bahrain.

Dublin Fourth Anniversary The Dublin Club at the Ramee Palace Hotel in Juffair hosted a party to celebrate the outlet's fourth anniversary last month Raj, Marie-Eve & Rashid

Raj with Saad & Hisham

Neil, Raj, James & Felix

Cathryn, Chloe & Fawaz

Maricel, Neiry, Sheryl & Cathy

Kylie, Claire, Rob, Ali, Katie & Alex

Karen & Chloe

Katie & Alex

Tarryn, Marie-Claire & Kelvin

Sade, Mo, Ali & Amood

DJ Conny

Shue & Lana

Lisa & Hannah

Pia & Gypsy

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Prepping for Summer The mercury is slowly starting to rise and, before you know it, the island will be struck by the usual heat wave. Ensure a comfortable few months ahead by anticipating your home’s cooling system upgrades.

It is no secret that come summertime Bahrain will be among the countries in the world with the harshest weather. Our humidity, heat and more than occasional sandstorms make the task of choosing a new cooling system for your home or business a daunting one. As every factor needs to be taken into consideration, your options are vast, endless and often confusing. With today’s market, the choices can range from high-tech and environmentfriendly alternatives to luxuriously designed and air-purifying ones. To make your quest easier, Bahrain This Month rounds up the Kingdom’s most reliable AC providers and brands. AJM Kooheji AJM Kooheji Group’s trading division offers consumers some of the most reputed home appliance and electronic products available. Among their many brands is industry leader LG,

providing a host of cooling systems to the island’s residents. LG’s latest Titan Series is specifically designed to outlast the Middle East’s harsh climate and weather conditions through powerful performance and solid durability. E Call 17 404-590. Awal Gulf In business since 1970, Awal Gulf is an original equipment manufacturer for a number of reputed multinational brands. Their locally marketed brands are Pearl, Aqua Chill and Frizcool. Pearl’s latest units include the energy-efficient, variable multisplit system; the sleek Grande Series wall-mounted splits; and the custom-built, high-capacity, double-skin air-handling units. To make the installation process easier, the company boasts a professional team that visits buyers and helps decide the suitable size of the unit. E Call 17 738-309.

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reportairconditioning Gajria Electronics Known to provide some of the best high-tech gadgets and home appliances, Gajria Electronics is also home to a leading air conditioning brand, Chigo. An ideal solution for any cooling system issues, its units are powerful, durable and easy to install. For customers’ convenience, Gajria provides a professional servicing team to make upgrading your air conditioners an easy, stress-free task. E Call 17 555-616 or 17 555-626. Mohammed Fakhroo & Bros Having started off as a trading company in 1958, Mohammed Fakhroo & Bros today offers electronics and domestic appliances, lighting products, medical equipment and building materials. Renowned for its cutting-edge technology is the Japanese brand Hitachi. A revolutionary feature in the new range of units, offered at this outlet, is the use of the Japanese horseradish modified nano-titanium catalyst to provide a powerful antibacterial, antimould, anti-allergen and deodorising effect. E Call 17 253-529. Techno Blue Techno Blue, a division of Al Hawaj Group of Companies, boasts over 60 years of experience. The company represents the world’s fastest-growing brand and one of the leading names in electronics, Samsung. Their air conditioning systems are unique in their revolutionary design concept. The latest

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products on offer include window and split ACs ranging between 1.5 and 3 tonnes. The new Crystal range focuses on providing a clean environment by eradicating up to 90 per cent of pollutants. E Call 17 233-240. Yusif Bin Yusif Fakhroo Helping you maintain a cool environment, Yusif Bin Yusif Fakhroo (YBYF) features one of the most well-known AC brands in the market today. Haier supplies customers with comfortable air and energy-saving services to help minimise costs. Take your pick from the large collection of window and split air conditioners, where a team of experts are also provided to advise you on the right size and unit for your home. YBYF also houses renowned electronics names like Dolphin and Frigidaire. E Call 17 408-128. Yateem Air Conditioning Utilising relevant technology and drawing on over 60 years of experience, Yateem Air Conditioning focuses not only on cooling but also the health and comfort aspects of their products. The new-gen ACs from Carrier ensure the lowest noise levels, offer unrivalled reliability in harsh desert conditions and meet the new gas regulations in this greenhouse-sensitive age. Yateem’s range of ducted AC units allows even more scope for those in the market. E Call 17 253-177 or 17 271-122.

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Clean Living

A renowned brand combines comfort and health to create a sanitary environment as the temperature rises in the Kingdom.

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As the summer heat approaches and dust storms make their way into our homes, Samsung Electronics introduces a range of innovative eco-friendly air-conditioners. The global leader in things electronic and applied offers home owners a breath of fresh air to beat the summer heat. The all-new Crystal AC range eradicates up to 90 per cent of pollutants, leaving you with a cleaner living environment. According to the World Health Organisation, Gulf residents suffer a higher rate of asthma and breathing allergies due to the humid climate the area experiences. In our region, one of five children is asthmatic while an estimated 40 per cent of children experience allergic rhinitis due to the high level of dust particles, mould and allergens in the atmosphere. Poor air quality also causes harmful risks to babies and children who are more vulnerable to infections and diseases. To help combat this, Crystal features an innovative virus doctor through the S-plasma ion technology that eliminates 99.6 per cent of virus-causing germs; a unique feature that is not found in conventional cooling systems. “If a person has allergies or asthma, breathing clean air becomes very important to their wellbeing. Our new range combines the latest technology of air-conditioners and air

purifiers to dramatically improve indoor quality so that every breath is pure and healthy,” says Robin Kadyan, general manager of home appliances, Samsung Gulf Electronics. Samsung’s other innovation, the Max AC range, cools any living space with up to 31 per cent less energy consumption than conventional systems. It is programmed to operate on a minimum time to cool a room, saving electricity while cooling up to 15 per cent faster than usual. Samsung’s air conditioning range also has a UTR plus compressor which makes each unit more durable even in very hot weather conditions of up to 54 degree Celsius. “We remain committed to developing energy-efficient and durable products to ensure that consumers can benefit from reduced energy consumption and save on their electricity bills,” he adds. As the company continues to take strides to develop ecofriendly products, their cooling units were recently awarded the Emirates quality mark from the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA). The Crystal and Max ranges are available at all leading retailers and Techno Blue showrooms in Bahrain. E Call 17 233-240 or 16 161-200.



Beat the Heat Given the region’s extremely harsh weather conditions, it is vital to choose cooling systems that can adapt to and combat our humidity.

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The all-new LG Titan series boasts an unrivalled package of an airconditioning solution with power cooling and durability. The range from the international electronics giant offers fluid and stylish designs that optimise airflow and can fit into any home or office. The air-conditioner is able to direct air across an area of up to 10 meters with a windblast capable of delivering powerful cooling in the region’s harshest weather conditions. Using the unique Jet Cool technology, air disperses evenly at high speed for timely cooling that is 20 per cent faster than conventional airconditioners. The Tropical Compressor allows for performance in temperature conditions of up to 58 degrees Celsius, during sandstorms and in cases of constant 24-hour operation. A clean-up act DY Kim A healthy living space is also at the forefront of LG’s mind. Thanks to the Titan’s pre-filter, users don’t have the hassle of opening the air-conditioner to clean it. The ‘auto clean’ function dries and sterilises the wet heat exchanger to help prevent mould and bacteria. This system in turn eliminates odours. The Triple and Plasma filters are used to reduce allergy symptoms, microscopic contaminants, house mites, micro-dust and pet fur for a healthier, cleaner environment. “Since launching this range of air-conditioners, we have seen tremendous demand and positive feedback from customers across the Middle East. As a sign of commitment towards our

customers, the LG Titan not only delivers powerful cooling with airflow strong enough to reach up to 10 metres away, but also provides an optimised airflow for 24 consecutive hours, even under extreme temperatures. It is not just refreshingly efficient, but also exceptionally elegant in design within this market,” says DY Kim, president of LG Electronics Gulf. An all-in-one package Designed to outlast the Middle East’s climate through performance and durability, LG combines three key values to create one full package. The features are aimed at coping with our conditions while at the same time revitalising our lives. Power Cooling: The air-cooling system distributes cool airflow to every corner of the room with a powerful 10m windblast. Excellent Durability: It protects the compressor and the outdoor unit from extreme weather conditions for increased longevity. Perfect Healthcare: The LG Titan Plasma supplies clean, refreshing air, thereby protecting the health and wellbeing of its customers. LG is associated with AJM Kooheji Group in Bahrain and all products are available at the LG showrooms, hypermarkets and power retailers. E Call 17 404-590 (Sehla), 17 223-570 (Manama) or 17 670-434 (Arad).

SEHLA 17 404 590

MANAMA 17 223 570

ARAD 17 670 434

reportairconditioning Y. K. ALMOAYYED & SONS

Sanitary Setting

With a host of fresh innovations, these units will have your house feel like it has been spring cleaned every day.

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The advancement of air conditioning technology today not only allows for comfort but also a clean and healthy environment. With the scorching island summer around the corner, Y. K. Almoayyed & Sons have introduced the most advanced Toshiba air-conditioners to date. The new range from the market leaders combines cuttingedge technology with a modern, flat panel design to offer home and business owners much more than just a cooling system. Toshiba is acknowledged as an undisputed pioneer in air conditioning innovations and the brand’s latest collection is setting a new benchmark for competitors. The international industry giant merges style, simplicity and greater purity with its unique 4C technology features — clean, comfort, compact and cost-efficient.

The units make use of slim design, multi-level cleaning with natural filters, cost saving with energy-efficient compressors and other advanced systems. A sound ambience is also assured by the Super Quiet, Comfort Sleep and Multiple Airflow programmes that create an idyllic atmosphere with the touch of a button. Advanced cleaning, through the new proprietary IAQ filtration technology, is able to inhibit the activity of harmful bacteria and viruses including avian influenza H5N1. The experience gathered through years of manufacturing leading appliances has led to this highly effective device that purifies the air without diminishing the airflow. With this system, not only does the atmosphere become purer, fresher and healthier; it also ensures optimum comfort for the whole family. What’s more, a self-cleaning mechanism protects and removes the moisture from the indoor unit, erasing the chance of mould formation. Another greatly valued feature with these units is the advanced energy-saving capabilities. Toshiba air conditioners exceed the highest efficiency standards in most markets, giving customers the benefit of reduced operational costs. Added to these are the compact size and attractive flat panel design that complements the aesthetics of home interiors.Other useful features include the One Touch My Comfort feature, 12 airflow settings including the hi-power mode, seven fan speed settings, real time on/off and the eco-logic energy saver. Visit the Y. K. Almoayyed showrooms in Manama, Government Avenue, Gudaibiya or Giant Electronics showrooms in Muharraq and Riffa for more details. E Call 17 211-881, 17 211-212 or 17 335-667.


Bahrain’s Favourite If you require a new air conditioning system or plan to upgrade your current one, who better to rely on than one of the oldest manufactures in the Middle East?

Established in 1970, Awal Gulf boasts of three manufacturing facilities that make them the leading export-oriented airconditioning and refrigeration company in the Kingdom. Being at the forefront of the industry, it has become a primary Original Equipment Manufacturer for a number of reputed multinational brands. Locally marketed brands include the popular Pearl, Aqua Chill and Frizcool. Now an indispensable name in homes around the region, Pearl offers an extensive range from single air conditioning units of 0.75TR up to those of 120TR. Awal Gulf also provides custom-built units of greater capacities. Among their line-up of items are window ACs, mini-split units (wall, ceiling, floor-mounted, cassette and free-standing), central package units and ducted split units. Also on offer are double-skin air-handling units, chilled water fan coil units, variable multi-split units, heat pump chillers, dedicated fresh air units, roof tank water coolers and chest freezers. Pearl products are available at the company’s showrooms located at Sitra and Hoora as well as through authorised dealers spread across the Kingdom. Awal Gulf project department undertakes turnkey central air conditioning contracts for villas, multi storey buildings and offices. Pearl products are supported by an excellent service team consisting of over 200 professionals who have been serving the people of Bahrain for the past 43 years. Recently launched items include the energy efficient variable multi split system, the aesthetically superior Grande Series wall mounted splits and the custom-built high capacity double skin air handling units. E Call 17 738-400.

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Camera, Fashion Charity Event A charity fashion show was held last month to raise funds for programmes for blind people at the Kenzo Lounge, K Hotel, Juffair. It was organised by Lights Camera Fashion founder and designer Hamra Alam in support of BahrainiSaudi Institute for the Blind

Hamra Alam, blind Bahraini musician Ali Aloliwi & Loay Al Khaja

Noha, Dr Budoor & Graham

Nibras & Ameera

Khalid, Hala & Razan

Christine & Rose

Hamra & George

Mohsen Hassan & Hamra

Hamra Alam & guests at the event

Wok Restaurant New Menu Launch Dinner Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa invited a number of guests to dinner to introduce the new menu by Chef Phuc Nguyen at the hotel's Wok Restaurant last month

Basel & Isa

David & Bless

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Charbel, Debbie, Chef Phuc, Jassim Al Zayani, Bert Plas & Adnan

Hillary, Farheen, Debbie & Elma

Ahmed, Debbie & Richard

Markus & Phuc

Basel, Sola & Patric



Cheene, Shenayn & Debbie

What’s New Edited by Maryam Toorani

A touch of romance Madreperla, the new jewellery collection by Morellato, is elegant and romantic. The pieces are made up of soft and round-shaped necklaces, bracelets and rings. Available at A La Mode outlets.

Easy imaging Prep up

The new Olympus VH-410 is no ordinary point-and-shoot compact camera; it is a touch-and-shoot stunner. The V series comes with intuitive touch-screen technology that lets you pick your focus and take your shot all on the LCD — no buttons required! Available at Gajria Electronics.

Guerlain’s Light Perfecting Primer and Shine Control Mist are the perfect combination if you want a fresh complexion with a matte finish. The radiance-boosting primer can make your skin look dewy while the powdered mist provides instant freshness. Available at leading retailers.

Practical care With Vaseline’s men-focused range, guys don’t need to compromise on their appearance. The Active Fairness SPF 15 Moisturiser helps protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays while keeping it nourished. Available at leading retailers.

Bat those lashes The all-new So Intense Thickening and Strengthening Mascara from Sisley features a groundbreaking formula with unique skincare benefits. The use of Vitamin Peptide-active ingredients allows for 25 per cent longer and thicker lashes in just four weeks’ time. Available at leading retailers.

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VIVA Customers Celebrate 3 Years of Enjoyment As one of the biggest telecommunications companies in the region celebrates its third anniversary, we look back at their most relevant value-added services.

After acquiring the third mobile service license in 2009, VIVA launched its services in March 2010 with the aim of transforming the communications landscape in Bahrain and becoming the leading mobile service provider in the Kingdom. Within its first 2 years of operations, VIVA moved from being a third entrant challenger to becoming a market leader in both mobile voice and broadband. As it celebrates its 3rd year anniversary, VIVA has reinforced and strengthened its position as a market leader at the forefront of value, innovation and customer experience. As basic connectivity becomes a commodity, communication service providers are turning to a vast array of services in an

effort to differentiate themselves. In line with this, over the last 3 years, VIVA has introduced an extensive array of value-added services to complement its core service offerings. Commenting on VIVA’s portfolio of value-added services, Andrew Hanna, VIVA CCO said, “With great advancements taking place in the telecommunications industry, VIVA aims to continue to upgrade its offerings with evolving technologies and innovative services. We have achieved a benchmark in introducing unique value-added services by constantly responding to our customers’ demands and providing them with the best service, thus optimizing their overall telecom experience with us,” he added.

Following, we take a look at the most relevant value added services introduced by VIVA for the first time in Bahrain over the last 3 years.

Shabik A collection of social channels such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn and email providers including Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail in one easy to use platform.

2010 ‘LOVE33’ – Number Booking campaign An exclusive opportunity for customers to book their unique mobile numbers beginning with 33 at VIVA’s retail shops or through

VIVA Manchester United SMS Service As the official sponsor of Manchester United in Bahrain, VIVA introduced an SMS service providing official news updates on the football club.

VIVA TV An array of more than 20 top channels covering a variety of sports, entertainment, fashion, movies & news channels.

Twitter VIVA partnered with one of the world’s leading social networking sites, paving the way for both VIVA postpaid and prepaid customers to update their “tweets” through SMS messages. First to launch Facebook SMS Service A value-added service for postpaid and prepaid customers to continue their virtual life on Facebook through SMS messages.

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2011 Live ICC Cricket World Cup Live daily action updates on cricket and broadcast of 49 matches from the ICC World Cup telecast through CricOne Channel on VIVA Mobile TV Service. Manchester United Collector’s Edition Cards Special edition of Manchester United BD5 prepaid top up cards with a picture of one of Manchester United first team players.

Unlimited calls and SMS with the latest add-ons New add-ons enabling users to make unlimited calls and SMS from VIVA to VIVA for a small monthly fee. International prepaid credit transfer in Bahrain Transfer credit from your VIVA prepaid line to your friends and family members back home with VIVA International Credit Transfer service.

Live broadcast of ICC T20 World cup Live action from the pitch, telecasted through CricOne TV Channel on VIVA Mobile TV service. ‘15 minutes of fame’ with Bollywood Singing Star Shreya Ghoshal A special ringback tone selection of Shreya Ghoshal’s popular songs with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of ‘15 minutes of fame’ to be on-stage with the star herself. Unlimited Data Add-ons Allowing postpaid customers with smartphones to upgrade their data packages to unlimited for BD5 per month.

2013 Games Club Get ready to play at any place and any time, with VIVA Games Club. Play 100 plus games on your mobile, including those from the big collection of EA Games and GLU, like ‘Call of Duty’, ‘Medal of Honor’, ‘Age of Empires’ and more.

Zajil Press Bahrain’s local Breaking news service Daily breaking news updates via SMS through Zajil Press.

2012 Live Indian Premier League action on VIVA TV Live action updates on cricket from the Indian Premier League (IPL) which was telecast through CricOne Channel on VIVA TV. Live football action from EPL on VIVA’s Mobile TV service Live football action straight from the English Premier League on VIVA’s Mobile TV service.

English Premier League live on VIVA TV

Watch the English Premier League matches live on your handset, wherever you may be, exclusively on VIVA TV. Subscribe weekly for BD 2 or monthly for BD 4. To subscribe visit VIVA TV section on VIVA Land Portal at on your phone using WAP browser or WAP APN.

Sultn Sultn Music Portal is a Music WAP Portal ( bh) which enables VIVA customers to access thousands of music contents (Full Track Songs, Music Videos, Music Related Imagery “Wallpapers/Animations”) on their mobile. Customer will be able to download their favorite songs from the best and biggest movies directly on their mobile. VIVA Ringtone selection of Shah Rukh Khan songs Bollywood’s Superstar, Shah Rukh Khan’s popular movie songs offered through VIVA’s special ringback tone selection.

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A Thing of the Past

The new spring/summer collection from Monsoon is a refined and contemporary interpretation of its bohemian roots, accented by heritageinspired pieces.

This year Monsoon celebrates its 40th anniversary. The limited edition Heritage collection is just part of a year-long celebration. Inspired by archive textiles, silhouettes and with a particular reference to Indian block printing, the range has a distinct flavour of the ‘70s. The brand’s DNA is unmistakable with embroidery and embellishment that holds a handcrafted feel and harks back to traditional Indian techniques. Bejewelled necklines and hems are teamed with prints to add a richness and inspirational quality to the pieces. Metal components have an aged finish to add a look of antiquity. Thread work is combined with woven fabrics to create a strong textile statement. White is seen teamed with the rich jewel colours of the peacock feather. The maxi dress and skirt in block-printed cottons are inspired by the styling of iconic ‘70s photo shoots. Oversized paisleys, subtle lurex fabrics and intricate embellishment give a sense of daytime shimmer with pretty peasant tops and kaftans highlighting the heritage message. A sense of romantic nostalgia is introduced. Bohemian floral prints and embroidery offer a vintage air in a fresh delicate pastel colour palette, reminiscent of the softness of natural dyes, emphasising the handcrafted mood.

on lace in bright corals gives freshness to fabrics and moves the collection in a modern way. The brand takes boys’ wear to London for its first stop this season. T-shirts feature traditional London taxis, buses and minis. Buildings are used to make up an alphabet T-shirt and quirky slogans add a fun element. The second stop sees the lads go on safari in search of dinosaurs. Graphics are inspired by maps and compasses. Hand-drawn prints give an authentic feel to the story. E Call 17 179-704 (BCC) or 17 581-804 (Seef Mall).

Poster child This spring Monsoon’s girls’ wear revels in fresh outdoor living. Nature has inspired hand-stencilled floral patterns and a shoreline palette of watery blues contrasted with grass-green borders. Brush-stroke watercolour florals and polka dots are patched and colour-blocked with embroidery and eclectic trims to create a fun bohemian look. Their party wear takes a pretty ‘20s and ‘30s twist. Beading

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Affixing a Signature

Dubbed as one of the most important luxury watch brands in the world, Perrelet continues to raise the bar when it comes to fine timepieces.

The international leaders have put a fresh spin on their signature turbine with the all-new Peripheral Double Rotor. This range is the first collection featuring the Alternance 10 calibre, radiating a subtly structured and eminently contemporary style. Clockwork engineering The upper rotor appears behind hour-markers forming arches between the central dial and the upper bezel ring, creating a slightly plunging effect. It takes the form of a ring rotating above the movement, around its periphery. The lower rotor features a specific design, with an openworked P for Perrelet along with a C么tes de Gen猫ve motif. The twin rotors work together to wind the new proprietary calibre, driving the hour, minute, seconds and date functions. The original concept deserved innovative architecture. The Peripheral Double Rotor is the signature of a dedicated collection distinguished by a cut-corner cushion-type case, relayed by the crown. The fluted case middle tapers gently towards the back. This refined construction highlights the three-level dial and its contrasting geometrical patterns: grid-work centre, oblique fluted rotor and rectangular minute track. E Call 17 535-344.

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Exclusivity Guaranteed Lovers of astronomythemed timepieces have a lot to appreciate with this exclusive collection that represents the serene beauty of the moon and constellations.

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Celestial mechanics have been a major scientific quest for centuries as well as a constant source of fascination and inspiration for mankind. “The moon has a face like the clock in the hall,” wrote Robert Louis Stevenson in one of his poems, illustrating the undeniable connection between time and space. Considered to be one of the finest high-end watchmakers of the world, Graham has implemented this concept in their latest range. Christened Geo.Graham The Moon, the limited edition of 20 pieces features a perpetual moon retrograde function, embodying the mastery of astronomy. Its name pays tribute to the brand’s tradition and heritage, descending from George Graham, who engraved his

signature on each of his exclusive creations from 1695. A celestial representation creating history, this is a truly unique watch that combines a flying tourbillon with a highprecision, retrograde, moon-phase perpetual function. Big in appearance, this ‘moon’ only weighs 0.07grams and is hand-painted by local craftsmen in Le Locle, a city that is said to be the birthplace of the watch-making industry. To avoid any damage on the lunar disc and ease the retrograde fall, a double absorber system has been developed exclusively for Graham by the maker of luxurious watches Christophe Claret. E Call 17 535-344.


Premium Retailing A leading retailer expands its reach to meet the demands of its loyal customers. It also encourages the concept of mindful shopping.

As far as supermarket chains go, Alosra has proven itself to be one of the best the region has to offer. Offering customers fresh, quality products and friendly, attentive service from the get-go, the supermarket delivers on its promise to offer ‘premium every day’. Having undertaken a number of noteworthy initiatives to expand its regional footprint as well as to raise the bar for customer satisfaction, Alosra is paving the way for a new kind of ‘conscious’ retailing. Continued expansion Currently operating three successful outlets in Bahrain — Saar, Amwaj and Durrat Al Bahrain — Alosra will soon launch additional stores in Riffa Palms, Riffa Views and in the Al Raya Shopping Centre in Juffair. “This is part of Alosra’s wider strategy to expand its business in Bahrain and the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Our main premise is to set up shop in locations with a thriving residential community with the Riffa Views branch set to open this month,” explains general manager, Jaffar Al Asfoor. Enhanced customer service During 2012, Alosra became the first and only supermarket in Bahrain to receive international recognition for its commitment to food hygiene, quality, health and safety and the environment. “These certifications are proof of our commitment to being

Bahrain’s premium supermarket and to providing customers with only the best products, services and experience every time they step into our stores,” continues Jaffar. “At Alosra we walk the talk, spending many months of gruelling preparation to ensure successful certification of our processes. All our customers can now shop with us, confident in the knowledge that we truly do provide premium services every day.” Thinking local In 2011, Alosra’s CSR programme was championed through ‘think local’, a groundbreaking initiative that aimed to support Bahrain’s own producers by partnering with them. The programme promoted local produce and reduced imports and environmental impacts. It educated customers about its benefits to the local economy. Now in its third year, the campaign broadens its scope to include education both internally as well as externally. As such, Alosra aims to promote healthy eating, educating customers on the goodness of local food — for them, the people who grow it and for the planet. It also places emphasis on the need to support local talent through the Alosra scholarship programme, opening its doors to offer apprenticeships to young Bahraini graduates. E Call 17 697-558.

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We look back at all the groundbreaking inventions of international brand Frigidaire as it celebrates 95 years of legendary innovations.

Having developed many of the world’s firsts, the home appliance manufacturer is an industry pioneer. Not only was 1918 the birth of the first electric refrigerator, but it was also the beginning of the company. W C Durant, the president of General Motors, purchased the manufacturing company that built the first selfcontained electric refrigeration unit and coined its name. In 1929, Frigidaire invented the first commercially successful ‘room cooler,’ or as we call it today, the air conditioner. This piece of technology subsequently transformed what it meant to be comfortable at home. During that same year, an ice cream cabinet was introduced that proved to have many more uses. From this innovation, the first home freezer was adopted. As early refrigerators tended to dry out fruits and vegetables, in 1930 Frigidaire developed the first Hydrator, a metal pan with a specially ventilated lid. This kept humidity at just the right level for the produce, extending its freshness. Until 1947 the average washing machine was in constant need of monitoring as each part of the washing process had to be started by hand. The Pulsator Agitator washer fully automated the washing process so you could simply press a button, walk away and return when the wash programme was complete. Frigidaire was also able to reduce the size of the average cooker by a full 10 inches in 1950, while simultaneously offering the largest household electric oven in a cooker at that time. Today this 30-inch-wide cooker is still the standard in many countries. In 1965 the manufacturers designed the first ice maker in the refrigerator door. It froze, released and stored ice cubes automatically, making it easier to serve a cold beverage. The first laundry centre with a full-size washer on the bottom and full-size dryer above it was built in 1970. Its compact size is still popular with people who have limited space for their washer and dryer. The first built-in water and ice filtration system was introduced in 1996 through a Frigidaire side-by-side refrigerator. This feature is now so popular that you can hardly find a refrigerator without it. Going into their 96th year of business, Frigidaire will continue its history of innovation by launching a new line of highefficiency top-load laundry models with unique features. The washer features an exclusive Waterfall Wash Technology, which thoroughly soaks the entire load, while the Immersion Care Wash Action gently moves the water and detergent through clothes. Head over to Yusif Bin Yusif Fakhro to see their complete line of appliances, which are available in Bahrain. E Call 17 408-150.

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Fight Vitamin D Deficiency Is your child having delayed teeth eruption compared with his siblings? Is he late to walk? Are his legs prominently bowed? If yes, then medical evaluation might be needed.

Rickets is a disorder caused by the deficiency of vitamin D, calcium or phosphate. This leads to the softening and weakening of bones and is seen most commonly in children aged six to 24 months. Nutritional rickets, the most common subtype of the disease, is caused by the same dietary deficiencies. “Fat-soluble vitamin D is essential for the normal formation of bones and teeth and also necessary for the appropriate absorption of nutrients. It occurs naturally in very small quantities in some foods such as saltwater fish like salmon, sardines and herring, and fish-liver oils,” explains Dr Bassel Al Horany, specialist paediatrician and neonatologist at Bahrain Specialist Hospital (BSH). Research shows that those most at risk for developing nutritional rickets include dark-skinned infants, exclusively breastfed infants, and infants who are born to mothers who are vitamin D deficient. In addition, older children who are kept out of direct sunlight or who have vegan diets may also be at risk. Symptoms of rickets include bone pain or tenderness, dental deformities, delayed formation of teeth, decreased muscle strength and impaired growth. Short stature and a number of skeletal deformities can also be viewed as signs. “Occasionally, in very severe rickets, patients may develop even more serious symptoms like involuntary muscle contractions or seizures. These require immediate medical treatment,” he continues.

At BSH, rickets is initially diagnosed clinically through a complete medical and nutritional history and with a full physical exam by a health professional. This is then confirmed by lab tests and X-rays of long bones, which show characteristic findings. “The treatment process is simple and begins with correcting any abnormal level with oral calcium or phosphate as well as the activated vitamin D,” says Dr Bassel. Once the diagnosis of rickets is confirmed, initiation of vitamin D supplementation is recommended, in addition to a diet rich in calcium. This is especially important for children on vegan diets. The treatment for some of the abnormalities depends on the severity of the cases and may require referral to an orthopaedic doctor for evaluation. “As paediatricians and obstetricians, we are responsible for educating parents, and expecting parents, about measures to prevent rickets. For the expecting mother, this includes recommending prenatal vitamins and appropriate nutritional counselling,” advises the expert. For the new mother, it is important for her to be advised about vitamin D supplementation for exclusively breastfed babies. As the child gets older and begins to wean, appropriate nutritional counselling and reasonable sun exposure for the child is advised. E Call 17 812-000.

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Picture Perfect

Don’t let your children ever complain that they don’t have enough baby photos. A remarkable photographer is dedicated to capturing wonderful memories.

Mother of three, Iva Petrova knows what it means to have every memory of your child preserved. They grow up so fast; you can’t have enough pictures to remind you of the little angelic faces. “When I realised that all those special moments won’t last forever, I decided that I had to capture them as part of a magical world that complements their innocent nature,” she says. This was the beginning of her passion for photographing kids, also marking the foundation of Artiva Studio. For every mother who wishes to keep a record of their young ones’ growth, Iva offers free consultation at the studio. Her main aim is to emit each child’s unique personality and beauty through one-of-a-kind portraits. For this, she has set up three central themes: classic elegance, white harmony and storybook. She is always adding new themes into her repertoire, so feel free to request one of your own liking if you’d prefer customised settings. After a session, all shots are carefully prepared for printing on the media of your choice. This could be anything from fine art albums, framed wall portraits and interior wall covers to accordion pocket albums, jewellery and greeting cards, or even calendars and puzzles. Every image is edited, styled and beautified according to Artiva’s signature style. Iva highly recommends you book a consultation. This gives you the opportunity to meet the artist, share ideas, see samples, choose a set-up and pick outfits. E Call 39 406-066, visit or email


Nattinpuram Fourth Anniversary Party The Nattinpuram Restaurant at the Ramee Baisan Hotel in Hoora held a party to mark the outlet's fourth anniversary

Suresh, Rana & Mohammed

Rana with staff at the cake cutting

Rana, Pradeep & Samad

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Rana hands over the first prize in the raffle draw to Suresh

Samar & Riya

Rana & Anil



Suresh, Samad & Maya


Waist Management Everybody has their own perception of what a dream body looks like but the ability to reach a universally liked proportionality and size is found inherently attractive.

A ‘Waist and Tummy Trim (WTT)’ treatment recently introduced at VLCC helps you lose 10cm within 45 days. It is among the latest offered and complements its existing wide range of slimming treatments. “It’s been proven that women and men with a waist circumference of more than 80cms and 90cms respectively are prone to diseases like diabetes, hypertension and other coronary heart problems. WTT aims to improve the waist-hip ratio by reducing the waist circumference,” explains VLCC founder and mentor Vandana Luthra. The treatment is for both men and women and helps achieve a slimmer, toned and firmer waistline. “It’s part of our efforts to create awareness among the general public on healthy living. It involves the breakdown of the cellular fat into consumable energy, giving our customers toned muscles. WTT has been developed after a series of research conducted by our team,” she adds. WTT is a 45-day treatment spread over 24 equal sessions. It includes a 30-minute massage session with the Shape-UP

waist and tummy gel and anti-cellulite oil in the abdominal area. This is followed by a specific body-firming programme and counselling on diet and activity patterns. The number of sessions varies from person to person depending upon a body composition analysis, which will identify the requirement of the client. Moreover, a free WTT home care kit helps the customer maintain the perfect shape. The VLCC Group is involved in three related businesses within the ‘wellness’ domain: slimming, skin and hair services; education and training institutes; and manufacturing and retailing of personal care products. It is widely recognised for its scientific weight loss solutions and therapeutic approach to beauty treatments. The group has a pan-India presence with over 275 outlets in 76 cities. They currently have 16 centres in the GCC including one in Qatar, 11 in the UAE and two each in Bahrain and Oman. A second centre in Qatar will open soon. E Call 17 404-354 or visit

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Feb 20 – Mar 20 If there was ever a time to tighten your belt and cut down your costs then this is the month to do it. Pisces, you are about to be struck with several expensive bills as well as the issues arising from a serious overspend from Christmas. If you are quick to address the problem then by the middle of the year you should find yourself back on course financially. However, if you try to hide your problems away they will come back to haunt you very quickly. So, do the sensible thing and face up to your responsibilities. You’ll thank yourself later in the year! Card of the Month — The Five of Wands For a detailed, personalised Tarotscope reading, contact Raphael by email:

Aries March 21 – April 20 After a long period of uncertainty you will see March as the first month in what is a new phase of your life, and a very welcome one at that after some very turbulent times since last summer. You’ll finally be in a position to get your finances and, more importantly, your home life back on a more stable track. This in turn will allow you to spend more time exercising your more creative side. It will prove a welcome return to things you like best and is bound to open up new business opportunities for 2013. Card of the Month — The Seven of Pentacles

TAURUS April 21 – May 20 A relative’s return, following several months away, is going to fill you with both elation and perhaps a little trepidation, after the reality of their reappearance eventually sinks in. This could cause some initial friction but, once you have talked things through, you’ll both realise that things are not quite as bad as you believed. In reality it will give you some great opportunities to explore new business ventures together. For the creative types there could be an important meeting around the 13th, so make sure you are prepared where a project close to your heart is concerned. Card of the Month — The Queen of Pentacles

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Gemini ­May 21 – June 20 You will be pleased to know that the Nine of Wands signals a significant change in your life. As you move away from a particularly stagnant start to 2013, you’ll head towards exciting challenges and opportunities with renewed passion and vigour. You would be wise to plan out the remainder of the year and where possible enlist the aid of others; there is certainly a lot coming your way to deal with and you won’t be able to do it all on your own! You might not be the best team player in the Zodiac, but you should seek assistance if you want to succeed. Card of the Month — The Nine of Wands

Cancer June 21 – July 20 Hope is the one defining message that springs from The Star and if you have been going through a difficult time lately, then you can take heart from the fact that things will get a little easier from March onwards. Although it will be more a case of small steps rather than immediately obvious improvements. Still, Cancer is a patient sign and the most important thing to note is that the changes are all going to make things better. Those of you who have been suffering with health issues in particular will see the most obvious benefits. Card of the Month — The Star

leo July 21 – August 21 You thrive off fire and the Four of Wands in your reading for this month is set to galvanise you into action. Times have been tough on the business front of late and you have had to make difficult decisions as a consequence. Fortunately, most of these are now behind you. Progress on projects following a programme of restructure, which has gone down fairly well after some initial reservations, will be a big help. Business is in a constant state of flux and you never know when it could all change again! Card of the Month — The Four of Wands

Virgo August 22 – September 22 An overseas romance has certainly left its mark on you; when you return home after some time away the one thing on your mind is going to be how to get yourself back into a position, where you can be reunited with that special person. Your options are numerous; the bottom line, though, is going to be either you go back or he or she comes to you. Don’t make any rash decisions; if this is really what you want then the most important thing will be to formulate what works in the long-term. A short-term fix won’t suit anyone here, so be smart. Card of the Month — The Nine of Cups

Libra September 23 – October 21 You really don’t know what to do with yourself at the moment. March has come along and you are struggling with too many emotions for there to be any kind of real focus in your life. The problem is more about why you are having these issues and what can be done to alleviate them. Work is a constant source of dissatisfaction, and some of you cannot figure out where a long-term relationship seems to be going. Get to the root of the problem and then confront it, and talk it through. Without a clear sense of direction this could go on for a long time yet. Card of the Month — The Hanged Man

advertisersindex Scorpio October 22 – November 21 Advice is the order of the day for you as you wrestle with a challenge that you are not going to be able to sort out alone. This is going to call for help from someone in a professional capacity and you will need to swallow your pride and deal with that. You don’t always take well to authority, especially where you have to hand over control to others. On this occasion, however, it will be necessary if you are to overcome a present hurdle. On the home front, a potential sale looks like being completed before month’s end so make sure you are prepared! Card of the Month — The Pope

Sagittarius November 22 – December 21 Many of you will find yourselves at a crossroads; March is going to be the month when you finally realise you have to make a decision if you are to ever move forward. A lot could be connected to a long-term, on-off relationship that has been the object of your attention for so long now without ever really progressing to any serious level of commitment. You need to decide if you finally get your partner to agree to something more permanent, or perhaps face the reality that it is now time to conclude matters and move on. Card of the Month — The Chariot

It seems that this month you are set to come into conflict with a work colleague which could lead to some serious accusations being made about your performance and overall contribution. Rather than act irrationally, take stock of what is being said and then address the matter calmly. You are in the right here and, if you approach the problem in a balanced fashion, you will succeed in challenging these misplaced assertions, discrediting those who offended you and cementing your own position in the process. Card of the Month — The Three of Swords

Aquarius ­January 19 – ­February 20 This month is going to be all about surprises for you. The biggest could be the arrival of a face from the past some time around the middle of the month that is going to set your heart a flutter! However, before you rush off and construct a scenario of how things are going to turn out, try to inject a little realism into proceedings. There could be other forces at work here and while the opportunity to rekindle a past romance might present itself to a few of you, make sure you are happy with what will be ultimately a short-term fling before you commit in any way. Card of the Month — The Ace of Cups

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FAMOUS Pisces THIS MONTH Daniel Craig

Mango . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-5 Monsoon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Home & Furnishings BoConcept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Phoenicia Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Roche Bobois . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Trend Haus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Hotels & Luxury Apartments Fraser Suites Bahrain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel . . . . . . . . . 15 Movenpick Hotel Bahrain . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Pars International Hotel . . . . . . . . . .97,137 Ramada Hotel Bahrain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Ramee International Hotel . . . . . . . . . . 135 Ramee Palace Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

Jewellery & Watches Asia Jewellers (CORUM) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Chanel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC-1 Sharif Group (Maserati) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Medical & Dental Services

Capricorn ­December 22 – January 18

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Bahrain Specialist Hospital . . . . . . . . . . 59

Motoring Ahmed Zayani & Sons (Jeep) . . . . . . . . . 29 Almoayyed Motors (Ford) . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Ebrahim K Kanoo (Toyota) . . . . . . . . . IBC,55 Euro Motors (Land Rover) . . . . . . . . . . . . BC First Motors (Hyundai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Motor City (Citroen) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 National Car Rental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Y. K. Almoayyed & Sons (Nissan) . . . . . . 45

Others AJM Kooheji Group (LG) . . . . . . . . . . . . 149 Al Ghalia Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Alosra Supermarket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Amwaj Marina Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Animania . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Artiva Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Awal Gulf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 Bahrain City Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Bahrain Exhibition & Conference Auth. . 57 Bahrain International Circuit. . . . . . . . . .2-3 Bahrain Science Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Dream Body Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 e-Government . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Gajria Electronics (Chigo) . . . . . . . . . . . 144 Gulf Interiors Exhibition . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Gulf Property Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 JJ’s Irish Restaurant & Pub . . . . . . . . . . 61 Juffair Fitness Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Lulu Hypermarket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Mohd Fakhro Bros. (Philips) . . . . . . . . . 144 Picture Arabia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Radio Bahrain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 Roubens Store (Sharp) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Seef Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Spring of Culture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Techno Blue (Samsung). . . . . . . . . . . . . 147 VLCC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Y. K. Almoayyed & Sons (Toshiba) . . . . 142 Yateem Air Conditioning (Carrier) . . . . . 144 Yusif bin Yusif Fakhro (Frigidaire) . . . . . . 41

Restaurants & Cafés Aroma Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 Block 338 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 Café Italia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Casa Mexicana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Lanterns Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Maki Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Nino Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Vapiano . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

Telecommunications VIVA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

BTM retail sales outlets BAHRAIN THIS MONTH, your guide to a great way of life, is available at the following selected outlets:

● 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

● Miami Cold Store, Adliya ● Midway Supermarket, all outlets ● Park Supermarket, Mahooz ● Waitrose Supermarket, Amwai ● Other leading Cold Stores and

News Stands All Gulf Daily News home subscribers receive a complimentary copy of BTM. You can also subscribe directly by visiting For subscription enquiries and back issues of BTM, call 17 813-777.

Photos Copies of most pictures depicted in this publication (and some which aren’t) are available from National Photo Services, Gudaibiya 17 742-955.

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The Climate of Change JAMES CLAIRE I love big words. They intrigue me and today I was taught a great one — palaeoclimatology. It just sounded cool!

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For the uninitiated, ‘palaeoclimatology’ is the study of changes in climate over the history of the Earth, using rocks, ice sheets, tree rings and the like to determine the past, current and future climate changes. Interesting! But where’s the one on the human climate? Why is there no study of the past and present to view the future of our planet from a humanitarian consideration? Greed, corruption, hatred and fear have crept into our lives, eroding our sensibilities faster than the rocks and ozone we seem so concerned about. As hunter-gatherers our enemy was the land, our conquests food for the table, and love was for those around us. Today, we have become insular thanks to technology and the only thing we worry about seems to be ourselves. Trees, grass and the ozone may be slowly dying due to carbon emissions; love, compassion and feelings for one another are being degraded far faster, arising from emissions of self-denial and selfishness! So I coined a word of my own — psycho-palaeoclimatology, a study of changes in the human climate. Using such mediums as love, trust, compassion, courtship, chivalry, charm, marriage, social interaction and modern media, we can determine past, present and future changes based on the way we interact with one another. Love, lust and desire are often described in climactic terms such as hot, cold, warm and sizzling; so, why not have a climatic barometer of the human condition. This could chart the course of how we have changed and, inherently, where we changed to the point of getting it all so wrong. We hear repeatedly about sustainability, carbon emissions and global warming; doom and gloom of the ‘mother nature’ variety. I see the threat to humankind more from the ‘father time’ perspective. Given enough time, I believe, the world can and will always right itself.

Yet we as people seem to be heading back to the inconsiderate, ill-mannered Neanderthals from whence we came. Why is it that words such as trust and honesty have little or no meaning anymore? What do we expect of our children and their children’s children if these words mean little to us? Are we all so arrogant that saying ‘thank you’ with feeling is beyond us? That we expect others to jump when we say ‘jump’, but that a ‘please’ is beneath us. Ask with a ‘please’ and end with a ‘thank-you’, I say; get your heads out of your laptops and your ears away from your cell phones. Turn everything off except your intellect and your manners during dinner whether it’s with family or friends. The truth is, you are not that important and the call can wait! It is said that a tsunami on one side of the Earth can be started by the flap of a butterfly’s wings on the other. So, I put it to you, as that butterfly hoping for a storm to swell around the Earth in the future. Perhaps the technology geniuses of today could create an ‘app’ that teaches one new rule of respect every day and rewards us for proving we understood the lesson and put it into practice. Or perhaps we should simply take the tasks upon ourselves. For everything we see wrong, we could do two right. As my parents used to say, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” We are so concerned about global warming that we have neglected to realise that the human emotional climate of the world has become frighteningly frosty. I have little doubt that the new ice age is coming, and not from where and how most expect. One hundred years from now the ozone, the forests and the icecaps will remain and palaeoclimatologists will still be studying the climate. Sadly, human nature, kindness and manners may not survive and my newly invented psycho-palaeoclimatolgists will be as extinct as the dinosaurs they sound like.

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