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Contents May 2012 Cover Story:

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The Kingdom’s heritage comes under the spotlight this month as our museums are celebrated as part of the Manama Capital of Arab Culture festival.

Happenings: Bahrain This Month reviews events happening around town during the month of May 2012:

23 Reflections: This month is International Museum Day 24 Hot Wheels: Motorbike show heads into town 30 Artistic Words: Showcase by the Indian Picasso 34 Independent Women: AWA hosts its Spring Ball 36 A Strong Pointe: Performing arts at Ballare 38 Perfecting a Try: Bahrain Rugby Football Club turns 40 23-40 Calendar: Events during May

Diplomatic Talk:

42 Seeking Harmony Greater engagement can further strengthen the close relations between Pakistan and Bahrain, believes Ambassador Jauhar Saleem.

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44 Unmatched Achievement Idris Mohamed fancied a run — along the Great Wall of China!

46 Useful Learning Ron Bradfield, from Strathclyde Business School, talks about MBAs.

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126 Bystander At BTM we spent a few days down at the BIC taking in all the action over the F1 weekend on the track and in the paddock. We listened to opera at the Mövenpick Hotel, took in a music concert at St. Christopher’s School and were entertained by Maz Jobrani. There were also launches for the Ferrari Spider, BoConcept and Ford, and we got soaked at the raft race.

Business:

52 Entertaining by Design Redha Habib and Mansoor Toorani explain their fascination with the visual arts and why they now look at everything in three dimensions.

54 Engineering Value The new general manager at The K Hotel, Edward Chaaya, aims to get us thinking about the importance of the letter ‘K’, and his plans for the hotel.

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65 United States of America in Bahrain Launching its first-ever America Week, the United States embassy will get us thinking stars and stripes with their promotion of everything American.

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91 Did You See That?: One show to miss 92 Gadgets: Joking about the facts 94 Young Achiever: Karima Sharabi 96 Music: Evolution of time 98 Computer Games: Street stars 99 DVDs: Horsing around in the zoo 100 Websites: Faith in the city 101 Movies: Titanic mirrors 102 Sat TV: River escapes

Motoring: 113 Aggressive Styling: Hyundai Genesis Coupé 114 Wheels: Land Rover LR4 115 Spotlight: Majid Alzayani 116 Showcase: Honda Accord

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123 Villa Mamas: Just like home 124 Happenings: Where to dine this month 126 Café Review: Coffees and coolers 132 Showcase: Roma Restaurant 135 Restaurant Listing: Find your ideal venue

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137 Elevation: A new star rises 138 Happenings: Where to be seen this month 141 Showcase: Coral Bay 145 Venue Listing: The ‘in’ places to be

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Showcase: 147 What’s New: Classic designs 148 Marketplace: Latest products and services

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Now that the F1 circus has departed, passing without incident (no doubt to the chagrin of many within the international media), the outside temperature has certainly risen as summer arrives with its own blistering heat. This month kicks off with an oil week that features a handful of events rolled into one, including the 20th running of the Middle East Petroleum and Gas Conference. If there is one constant to the world in which we live, it is that this part of the world will continue to supply significant quantities of oil and gas for decades to come. In our interview with the American ambassador to the Kingdom, H. E. Thomas Krajeski, he reiterates Bahrain’s position, particularly within the northern Gulf, as an excellent location for access to the wider GCC. He also tells us about ‘America Week’, which runs from May 20-26, where we can expect to be inundated with all things American. We also feature the American Women’s Association, who have a full schedule of activities planned for the month, including their first-ever Spring Ball. Another cause for celebration is the Kingdom’s heritage, for which the Ministry of Culture have a series of events lined up to coincide with International Museum Day on May 5. For a more modern but equally cultured experience, we talk to Hala Al Zayani about her recently-opened Ballare School of Performing Arts, which caters to both adults and children. The ‘boys’ over at the Bahrain Rugby Football Club have been engaged in their very own form of ‘culture’ for 40 years; an occasion that they also celebrate this month with a host of events to commemorate this milestone. In our business pages we talk to the new general manager at The K Hotel, Edward Chaaya, and we get a lesson in the third dimension from Redha Habib and Mansoor Toorani. Together, they aim to get us seeing very differently in the future. One person who has done something quite unique is Idris Mohamed. Much as I like the idea of running to remain fit, the notion that I might follow in Idris’s footsteps and run a marathon along the Great Wall of China is something outside my personal perspective of ‘different’! As we settle in for the summer, here’s to continuing to enjoy the great way of life the Kingdom has to offer for all of its residents.

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Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2012 Over 90,000 people from all over the world flocked to the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) to witness Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. Fans were treated to some fantastic entertainment off the track and some quality driving on race day

His Majesty King Hamad being welcomed to the BIC by officials on race day, watched by Zayed Al Zayani

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The Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix winner, Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull (c) with 2nd placed Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus, (l) and third placed Romain Grosjean of Lotus (r) address the media after the presentation

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Irresistible India On Show Indis's rich heritage and culture was showcased at a major VIP gala dinner which featured entertainment from top Bollywood and Rajasthani dancers. The ‘Irresistible India’ event was held at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa under the patronage of the Indian Embassy. Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, President of the Supreme Council of Youth and Sports and Chairman of the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) was guest of honour. HE Mohan Kumar, Indian Ambassador, Mala Kumar, diplomats, a number of VIPs and guests attended the event

HE Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, Chief Executive of Bahrain International Circuit & Dr Mustafa Al Sayed

George Middleton, HE Shaikh Mohammed bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa & Vijay Boloor

Milena, Mala, Bridget & Bonnie

Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa

HE Ahmed Shahizan, Malaysian Ambassador, Nur Hayati, Suryono & Hani

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HE Enrico Padula, Italian Ambassador, Mitesh & HE Iain Lindsay, British Ambassador

Fareeda Nass, Zara Jauhar & HE Saleem Jauhar, Pakistani Ambassador

Renuka with HE Shaikh Salman

Maria, Mona, Debbie, Dr Bhat, Falguni, Adel, Janan & Mohammed

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HE Mohan Kumar, Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa & Mala Kumar

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Ferrari 458 Spider Launch Euro Motors and Ferrari Middle East & Africa held a reception to mark the launch of the stunning Ferrari 458 Spider. The car was unveiled at the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Hotel & Spa by Ferrari F1 drivers Fernando Alonso & Felipe Massa. The event was attended by HE Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, President of Information Affairs Authority (IAA), HE Enrico Padula, Italian Ambassador, Pietro Innocenti, GM, Ferrari Middle East & Africa, Hamid R. Al Zayani, Chairman, Euro Motors, Zayed R. Al Zayani, Managing Director, Euro Motors, and a number of distinguished guests

Farah & Ala

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Samar & Ahmed

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Zayed Al Zayani, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso & Pietro Innocenti

HE Enrico Padula, Hamid Al Zayani & Milena Padula

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Paul Yates, Nasser & Mike

Essam, Ghada, Reema, Sharil, Hashim, Sawsan & Hisham

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BoConcept Store Launch HE Dr Hassan Fakhro, Industry and Commerce Minister, opened the BoConcept Furniture Store in Seef area in the presence of Abdulla Buhindi, a number of businessmen, ministry’s officials and members of the media

HE Dr Hassan Fakhro opens the store

Ahmed Bubshait, Khalid Kanoo, Abdulla Buhindi, Mohammed Buhindi & Sami Jalal

Mohammed Ali Bucheeri, Abdulla Buhindi & Mohammed Hassan Buhindi

Debbie, Abdulla Buhindi & Leon

Robert & Marise

Mohammed Buhindi, Bassel Hamad, Mohammed Almoayyed & Abdulla Al A'ali

Leon, Ole & Joseph

Qussay Khalaifat & Ali

Shahid, Rob, Leon, Badran & Nicolas

Moideen, Badran, Alok & Shahid

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Mohammed, Mohammed & Abdulla Buhindi with Mohammed Ali & Mohammed Almoayyed

Mohammed & Sami

Shatha & Lona

A view of the BoConcept store in the Seef district

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happeningsthismonth When? May 1-31 | Event? Museum events | Venue? Various museums

Showcasing Heritage Rich in culture, it’s no surprise that Bahrain is flecked with many immersing museums. This month, various awe-filled exhibitions and activities will entice you to pay them a visit. The 18th day of this month is International Museum Day; a day that encourages an appreciation for the wealth of museums the world has to offer and the artefacts preserved in such places. In recognition of this day, the Manama Capital of Arab Culture calendar has marked May as the month to focus on museums, through a host of exhibitions and fun and educational activities. As the home of the majority of the Kingdom’s historical gems, the Bahrain National Museum is an ideal place to start your appreciative tour. In coordination with the Qal’at al-Bahrain Museum, over 400 artefacts will be on display throughout the month. The exhibition, titled ‘Tylos, the journey beyond life’, will showcase objects from the Tylos period allowing you a unique glimpse into the historic heritage and past of the Kingdom. Whilst this may not appeal to children, they can enjoy a specially-designed mobile exhibition based upon the Tylos one. The Enkiru Bus Museum will tour the island introducing kids to the rich material culture of Bahrain’s past. The month also reflects the Ministry of Culture’s efforts to link heritage with the wider community by enhancing the important social role of museums through interactive events. You can listen to special speeches from Hermitage Museum Also this month

director Professor Mikhail Piotrovsky and president of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), Dr Hans Hinz. A 12-day workshop is another way to get your fill of museums for the month. The Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with ICOM-Arab, has organised the course for young museum professionals. Designed to address different aspects of museum operations and development, the workshop will review best practices in a range of activities from inventory and documentation to marketing and education methods. Museums in Bahrain Aside from those holding specific events this month, Bahrain is home to a number of museums, some that are more ‘quiet’ and unknown than others. One great place of interest is the Currency Museum which leads visitors through a multi-media tour of the currency history of the country. Be sure to look out for some of the rarest coins in the Arab world. The Oil Museum was built to celebrate the 60th anniversary of oil in Bahrain, and comprises of fascination drilling equipment, old photographs, documents and the working model of an oil rig. Finally, don’t miss out the Beit Al Qur’an, a true testament to Islam in Bahrain. The museum is dedicated to the understanding and service of the Holy book itself and Islam heritage, ideal for those who want to gather an understanding of religion in Arabic.

Museum events in May When? May 1-31 Event? Exhibition Venue? Bahrain National Museum Discover Bahrain’s rich history and heritage through cemetery artefacts. E Call 17 298-777. When? May 3 Event? Talk Venue? Bahrain National Museum The director of the famous Hermitage Museum will be giving a talk. E Call 17 298-777. When? May 6-17 Event? Workshop Venue? Qal’at al-Bahrain museum A workshop will highlight the different aspects of museum operations. E Call 17 298-777. When? May 13 Event? Kid’s exhibition Venue? Around the Kingdom A historical mobile bus exhibition tours the island to educate kids. E Call 17 298-777. When? May 18 Event? Museum day talk Venue? Bahrain National Museum Listen to a talk from the president of the International Council of Museums. E Call 17 298-777.

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When? May 24 Event? Fashion Extravaganza Venue? Gulf Hotel Pakistani culture and fashion will be showcased at this charitable event. E Visit www.lightscamerafashion.net. When? May 25 Event? Cultural gathering Venue? TBC Get involved in the all-singing, all-dancing Bihari annual festival. E Call 17 007-270. When? May 26 Event? Social responsibility conference Venue? Children and Mothers Welfare Society This annual event will focus on the importance of empowering women in society. E Call 17 689-909. When? May 27 Event? Marketing seminar Venue? Grand Hyatt Hotel, Doha, Qatar Get marketing-savvy with a oneday seminar outlining new methods and skills. E Visit www.innoverto.com/ philipkotler.

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An Eventful Evening Ten actors and actresses have been rehearsing tirelessly in preparation for May’s performance of See How They Run, performed by the Manama Theatre Club, a section of The British Club. The English comedy is performed in three parts and is set in 1943 in the living room of the vicarage at the fictitious village of Merton-cum-Middlewick. The ten characters encounter bizarre situations, including mistaken identity, and which create tense comic situations. The play stars Anne Koheji as Miss Skillon, Plamyra Mattner as Penelope, Rupert Copeman Hill as Clive, Guy Parker as

Lionel, Mike Franklin as the Bishop, Daniel Gott as the Man and Mike Eddison as the Sergeant. It is being produced and directed by Rory Adamson and Marina Tadayon who last came together to produce and direct the sell-out production of Ladies Day. Tickets cost BD7 for non members and BD5 for members and you can choose to attend one of the two dinner theatre performances, held on the Thursday 24 and Friday 25, or watch the play from theatre-style seating on Tuesday 22 and Thursday 24. E Email manamatheatreclub@gmail.com.

Hot Wheels If you are a fan of bikes, attend this day of rides, family fun, games and more. The evening will host a bike show including a competition for all Harley model families and a non-Harley category. One bike from each category will be selected by the judging panel and will receive a huge cash prize. Throughout the day there will be constant entertainment for everyone to enjoy and a DJ, plus a parade from the Harley Owners Group. The evening before will host a fundraising dinner at the Gulf Hotel, proceeds of which will go to the HOG charity fund. E Visit www.harley-davidson-bahrain.com.

When? May 31 | Event? Beauty contest | Venue? Indian Club

When? May 20-26 Event? America Week Venue? Various Get a feel of American life, culture and food with a weeklong event schedule. E Visit www.americaweekbahrain.com.

When? May 21-25 | Event? Theatre production | Venue? The British Club

When? May 4 | Event? Bike Show Bahrain | Venue? Bahrain International Circuit

When? May 4 Event? Bike Show Venue? Bahrain International Circuit A day of bike rides, competitions and fun for all biking fans. E Visit www.harley-davidsonbahrain.com.

Belle of the Ball

The Indian Club’s annual May Queen Ball encourages women aged between 16 and 28 of all nationalities to take part. The prestigious competition, which has been running for more than 30 years, will involve three rounds of catwalk shows. Categories include Indian Club May Queen 2012, second place, third place, best Smile, best hair do, best catwalk and the members’ choice. If you think you have a chance of winning, be sure to enter before May 20 at the club and get ready to strut your stuff! The event will also feature Bollywood dancers and additional entertainment. E Call 39 861-266.


happeningsthismonth When? May 27 | Event? Marketing seminar | Venue? Grand Hyatt Hotel, Doha, Qatar

Tricks of the Trade “This new model treats customers not as mere consumers, but as the complex, multi-dimensional human beings that they are,” Philip explains. “Customers, in turn, are choosing companies and products that satisfy deeper needs for participation, creativity, community and idealism. In an age of highly aware customers, companies must demonstrate their relevance to customers at the level of basic values.” The packed schedule will cover many problems faced within business. The first session will reflect on ‘Dealing with your company’s major business challenges and opportunities’, and will focus on reinventing your marketing. This will include reasons why traditional marketing is becoming less effective and understanding the difference between various types of marketing. The second session, titled ‘Searching for new ideas’, aims to help you build your innovation strategy and control system, exploit the sources of new ideas and will teach you how to use new tools for customer research. This will be followed by a third session exploring the improvement of your branding power. This should help you avoid possible product ‘bubbles’, measure effectiveness of your marketing and ensure your company is more than just a name. The day will be completed with a panel discussion between Philip and a group of chief marketing officers, who will discuss how to develop a superior company reputation through sustainability-driven thinking. Overall, the seminar will help you discover the message of marketing, cope with major business challenges, empower sustainability thinking and identify new business opportunities. You will also learn how to apply segmentation, targeting and position in order to own markets and will experience direct and sustainable results.

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If you are keen to get ahead in the business world and take your company to the next level, be sure to attend a major marketing seminar held this month in Doha. Renowned author, lecturer and motivator Professor Philip Kotler will be in the city for one day to run a beneficial event for those wishing to learn about a new type of marketing — 3.0.

Philip Kotler boasts a Master’s and PhD degree, both in economics. He has completed post-doctoral work in mathematics at Harvard University and in behavioural science at the University of Chicago. Philip has written a number of books including Marketing Management: Analysis, Planning, Implementation and Control, the most widely used book of its kind in graduate business schools. He has won many prestigious awards for his work and, in addition to lecturing companies all over the world, has advised governments on how to develop and position the skill sets and resources of their companies for global competition. E Visit www.innoverto.com/philipkotler.


happeningsthismonth When? June 12 | Event? Workshop | Venue? Crowne Plaza Hotel

Skillful Communication One of the main ways that we successfully communicate with others, both professionally and personally is through our body language, which an innovative workshop will address. Internationally-renowned human relations expert Allan Pease is coming to Bahrain next month to run an exclusive one-day workshop. Titled ‘The Art of Communication and Body Language’, the event will instruct and teach on the subjects mentioned, providing you with all of the right ways to be more successful both professionally and personally. With 17 bestsellers under his belt and over 25 million copies sold worldwide, Allan is an expert in his field and is one of the world’s most celebrated authorities on body language, our gestures, mannerisms and non-verbal cues and signals speak volumes. “A person’s body language reveals that what they say is often very different from their thoughts, feelings and emotions. It is a scientific fact that the blink of an eye, the nod of the head and the shake of a hand can say so much more than words,” Allan explains. “Whether you’re dealing with clients or going on a date, whether you’re being interviewed for a promotion or wanting to interact with your partner, your body language ‘vocabulary’ may be your best asset. While words can simply fall on deaf ears, the right body language is capable of breaking down any communication barriers,” he continues. The workshop will provide you with the knowledge, practice and patience required to communicate successfully — without even saying a word! Allan Pease

E Call 36 048-699, 39 986-580 or email corp@bihr.com.bh

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Japanese Ambassador Dinner Party HE Shigeki Sumi, Japanese Ambassador & Tomoko Sumi hosted a dinner party at HE's official residence in Budaiya. The event was attended by members of the Japanese community, Bahrain Japan Business & Friendship Society members and guests

Abdul Karim Al Sayed, Faisal Juma & HE Shigeki Sumi

Ahemd Jawahery, Abdul Hamid Kooheji, Ebrahim Al Amir & Sager Shaheen

Nasser Alarayedh, Mr Takahashi, Bob Hughes & Nancy Khedouri

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Abdulrahman Juma, Saotoma & Fareed Bader

Homa, Tomoko Sumi & Roya

Qays Zu'bi & Akiyama

Nabeel Ajoor, Sekighi, Ashida, Minigi & Suga

Jassim Sharawi

Viren Bhatia

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happeningsartsculture When? June 3-5 | Event? Exhibition | Venue? Arts Centre

When? April 30-June 1 Event? Exhibition Venue? Al Riwaq Art Space Artist Alan Goulbourne uses sculptures to explore science and nature. E Call 17 717-441. When? May 3, 10, 17, 25 and 31 Event? Film screening Venue? Alliance Francaise Indulge in art house cinema with a host of French film showings. E Call 17 683-295. When? May 12-31 Event? Exhibition Venue? World Beat Café Bahraini Mariam Al Haji displays drawings in an ‘Extinction’ exhibition. E Call 17 612-576.

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Spreading the Artistic Word Whilst the Kingdom’s art scene certainly isn’t minimal, there is always room for fresh ideas, concepts and idealisations; that’s the aim of this novel collaboration. An innovative exhibition is launching at the start of next month, comprising of works from numerous international contemporary artists. Titled the ‘Confluence of Masters’ the event will showcase works from a number of renowned artists in their respective fields. Making his debut in the Middle East is Italian painter and sculptor, Ugo Nespolo. The artist is also widely known for his films, collaborations and experimental projects. Another featured artist is one who is commonly dubbed as the ‘Picasso of India’; Maqbool Hussain. Over the last five decades, the late artist experimented with various media including painting, poetry, films, print making, sculpture and photography. A self-taught artist, his in-depth observation and interpretation of folk and classical Indian art were his hallmarks. Ahmed Khan, who is widely accepted as the greatest living calligraphic artist in Pakistan, will be displaying his works also. Ahmed is also known for his natural talent in the genres of sculpture, designing and painting. The artist had on several occasions exhibited abroad including a sold out show in 1996 in California. His calligraphic themes deal with the oneness of God and a desire for peace. Award-winning abstract expressionist, the late Ismail Gulgee, who is considered one of the prominent masters from Pakistan,

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is also included in the line-up as is Sacha Jafri, who is considered to be one of the most exciting British painters in the contemporary art scene. The artist was once hailed by the BBC London News as ‘The Renaissance Man who is set to seduce us away from conceptual art with his passion for painting’. Finally, Abdul Qader Alrais will be showcasing his works. Considered to be the one of UAE’s most accomplished artists, Abdul is credited with taking the contemporary art movement of the UAE to international audiences. He draws inspiration from his heritage and the unique nature of the region’s landscape. A new home for art The exhibition comes as a result of a new partnership between Dubai-based Art Select and Design Hub. The duo is hoping to launch a permanent art space here in the Kingdom under Art Select’s sub-brand ‘Art Spice’, and with influence from Minister of Culture Sheikha Mai. “Art Select has already held very successful exhibitions in other major art and culture centres across the GCC and Europe and brings to Bahrain an eclectic selection of grand art by some of the world’s finest,” says Kanika Subberwal, director of the Art Spice brand. The group first introduced Bahrain to Art Spice in 2008 and Kanika explains that it seems natural to have the Kingdom be the first launch of the brand in the region. E Call 17 715-496.

When? May 12-17 Event? Exhibition Venue? Bahrain Arts Centre A photographic exhibition of Andrew Weaver’s book ‘Between Two Seas’. E Call 39 445-102. When? May 13–June 3 Event? Exhibition Venue? Albareh Art Gallery Catch a unique calligraphic exhibition that works with Arabic lettering. E Call 17 717-707. When? May 25–June 7 Event? Photography exhibition Venue? La Maison Jamsheer This exhibition reflects the complexity of the Arab world through photography. E Call 17 683-295.

When? June 3-5 Event? Exhibition Venue? Arts Centre Be inspired by the artists of the world and soak up all it has to offer. E Call 17 715-496.


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happeningsartsculture When? May 13-June 3 | Event? Calligraphy exhibition | Venue? Albareh Art Gallery

Middle Eastern Story In 36 photographs, world-famous photographer Arnaud Humbert illustrates the complexity of the Arab world. The artist believes that art, and more specifically fine art photography, is the perfect lens to capture the intricacy and beauty of this world. E Call 17 683-295.

When? April 30-June 1 | Event? Sculpture exhibition | Venue? Al Riwaq Art Space

When? May 12-June 7 | Event? Photography exhibition | Venue? La Maison Jamsheer

Modern Script

Works from contemporary Algerian artist, Hamza Bounoua will be displayed this month, in an exhibition that makes reference to ethnicity and identity. The colours and calligraphy signs used interlace, giving birth to ancient shapes, primary forms and a new portrayal of letters. Hamza fuses traditional and contemporary ideas by changing the shape of letters to artistic forms which do not require to be read or decrypted. Inspired by the works of the father of Algerian modern art, Mohammad Kadda, Hamza’s work is also influenced by the vivid colors of nature. Visitors will instantly notice how the letters are drawn out representing human actions like sleeping or kneeling. In some other pieces his letters are spinning, always upwards, towards the sky. E Call 17 717-707.

Binding Ties ‘Rough Cut’ exhibition is a reflection of Alan Goulbourne’s work, whereby the foundation of his practice is primarily concerned with addressing the relationship between science and nature. The sculptor’s work has been exhibited around the globe and the artist was even shortlisted for the Jerwood Sculpture prize. E Call 17 717-441.

When? May 12-31 | Event? Drawing exhibition | Venue? World Beat Café

Back to Basics Mark your calendars for an exhibition that features contrasting hyper-realistic drawings and their role in classical art. Awardwining Bahraini talent Mariam Haji will be displaying her latest drawings in her exhibition titled ‘Extinction’. Mariam explores the relationship between the impacts of contemporary art practices on classical drawing. The artist explores the idea of whether it is contributing to the extinction of the art of drawing. Since graduating from the field of fine art, Mariam has been involved in festivals, biennials, school and university lectures and workshops in and out of Bahrain. E Call 17 612-576.

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American Women’s Association events When? May 10 Event? Spring Ball Venue? The Ritz Carlton Hotel Devour a three-course French dinner and dance the night away. When? May 14 Event? International Parade Venue? Diplomat Radisson Blu Celebrate America’s Mother’s Day with numerous family events. When? May 26 Event? Spring Bazaar Venue? Diplomat Radisson Blu Shop for arts, crafts, fashion and refreshments at this annual event. When? June 3-9 Event? Visions 2012 Venue? Arts Centre, Bahrain National Museum View the artistic talent of the AWA women at this exhibition. When? May 3 Event? Spring Show Venue? The British Club Sing along with the Take That tribute band at this annual event. E Call 17 728-245 or visit www. britishclubbahrain.com. When? May 5 Event? Toastmasters conference Venue? Bapco Club Over 60 clubs will compete at this tournament with the best speeches possible. E Call 39 116-576 or 39 856-824. When? May 9 Event? Meeting Venue? Dilmun Club The Bahrain Caledonian Society will hold its annual meeting at Candles restaurant. E Call 36 634-307. When? May 11 Event? Medical camp and lunch Venue? Gulf City Cleaning Company Labour Day is recognised with a medical camp and lunch for various workers. E Call 39 192-459. When? May 14 Event? International Parade Venue? Diplomat Radisson Blu The diversity of the world will be celebrated with a parade and a fashion show. E Call 39 085-916. When? June 1 Event? Diamond Jubilee Venue? The British Club Celebrate the Queen’s 60th anniversary in a very British style. E Call 17 728-245 or visit www. britishclubbahrain.com

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Independent Women Alison Coldridge One association welcomes women of all ages, nationalities and interests; large-scale and legendary events are fashioned that are both fulfilling and fund-raising. With a 38-year-long history to its name, the American Women’s Association (AWA) of Bahrain has certainly made its mark and is a society that most residents of the Kingdom are familiar with. Bursting with 200 confident and aspirant female members, the largest women’s society in Bahrain has obtained numerous triumphs. “We are able to combine community service activities, which are in place to support 35 different charities, with social events. We not only give to charities but also to individuals as the need arises,” explains club president Tosin Arowojolu. Just a few achievements include building a garden for the disabled to enjoy, publishing a cookbook and establishing 11 activity groups for members to advance their talents. And this growth and drive isn’t about to dwindle off anytime soon if Tosin has anything to do with it. “Since I became president last June, I have aimed to unite women in Bahrain in friendship and cooperation and to promote understanding amongst women of different nationalities. Also I strive to enhance the cultural and social communication among our members and their families,” she says of her goal. This month alone the AWA has got a vast number of highprofile events planned. The line-up kicks off on May 10 with

the club’s first-ever Spring Ball; “The black tie AWA ball is an event not to be missed. A scrumptious three-course French dinner will be served accompanied by music from around the world,” Tosin explains. Tickets for the event cost BD25 for members and BD30 for non-members. Next up will be the annual International Parade, celebrating American Mother’s Day on May 14. “This year we are using the theme ‘It’s a small world’ to portray the diverse cultures and nationalities involved in the organisation. Children will be encouraged to dress up to represent different countries, plus there will be a fashion show,” outlines Tosin. May 26 hosts the Spring Bazaar, which is a part of the US embassy’s ‘America Week’ and will boast fashion designs, crafts, artworks, photographs and plenty more. “We are closely linked with the US Embassy and collaborate on some events, plus the US Ambassador’s wife is a board member and honorary president.” Finally, June 3 will launch the AWA’s annual art exhibition, titled ‘Visions 2012’. “This year is the first time that the AWA photography group has participated. Over 20 ladies are taking part and a percentage from the sales will be donated to charity,” Tosin says. The ladies are planning many additional events for the year. “Expect to see the return of old favourites such as the fall craft fair plus much more to come,” tempts Tosin. “We advertise all of our events through our incredibly usable website and are working on establishing a Facebook page for members to use.” E Visit www.awabahrain.org.


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happeningskidsteens When? May 16-19 | Event? Piano competition | Venue? Life in Music

Ballare School of Performing Art

A Strong Pointe Does your child have a passion for dance? There is a new addition to the Kingdom’s cultural repertoire and it could be just the place you’ve been looking for.

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Launched September last year, the Ballare School of Performing Art has proved it’s a top venue for both children and adults to learn dance. The teachers have introduced a whole new learning approach to dance, music and fitness by offering students the opportunity to learn the arts of dance in a positive, structured and inspiring environment. Their wide variety of classes caters to individual goals, needs and skills for students of all ages and abilities. The schedule for classes include ballet, tap, pointe, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre, cheerleading, break dance, salsa, acrobatics and much more. What sets Ballare apart is that students are not only grouped by age but also by their ability and skill level. “It is very important that a child has the proper placement in order to fully excel in their desired class. Advanced or beginner morning and evening adult classes are also on offer,” says owner Hala Al Zayani. The performing arts school accepts students as young as twoand-a-half years old in a ‘Twinkle Toes’ ballet class. To keep its range of courses as varied as possible, Ballare also offers piano lessons under two international exam classifications. The syllabus used at Ballare is accredited by the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) and is taught by a team of IDTA certified instructors. “Our teachers have a rare

combination of professional performing careers and college educations in dance,” explains Hala. Hala hopes to add depth to the already wide artistic field in the country by providing a strong foundation for appreciation of the arts as well as a creative discipline for the youth. The classes have so far proved to not only refine students’ talents but also instil inspiration for the love of music and dance. Hala herself, who is a graduate of a performing arts college in London, had started dancing at the age of five and always dreamt to open a performing arts school in Bahrain. “Opening Ballare came very naturally to me and wasn’t a tough decision. It’s what I’m passionate about and I am delighted to provide a well-structured creative curriculum for students of all ages and abilities here in Bahrain,” she explains. Tuneful keys This month, Ballare will be participating in ‘Etude’, a music competition organised by Bahrain’s very own Life in Music school. The competition, open to everyone, will be categorised under piano, classical guitar and vocals. Etude participants will be judged by a panel of three judges including Life in Music owner and established pianist Olga Aoust. E Call 17 300-021.


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happeningssportsrecreation When? May 14-20 | Event? Rugby Club 40th anniversary | Venue? Bahrain RFC

Bahrain RFC Events When? May 14 Event? Welcoming reception Venue? Bahrain RFC The week’s events kick off with a chance to reconnect with some old faces. When? May 15 Event? BMMI festival Venue? Bahrain RFC A live band will take to the stage to get the party going. When? May 16 Event? Golden Oldies game Venue? Bahrain RFC Old players will be back on the pitch to show they’ve still got it. When? May 17 Event? Ball Venue? Crowne Plaza The end-of-season ball provides a chance to dress up and be glam.

Perfecting a Try! Alison Coldridge Not just a sporting venue; this club has become a base for friendship, a place of celebration and a guaranteed good night out. So let’s observe its anniversary in style! Legendary for its high caliber matches, all-night parties and steak nights, the Bahrain Rugby Football Club (Bahrain RFC) is a second home to many of the Kingdom’s residents, particularly the expat community. This month, the club celebrates 40 years of event-hosting by, of course, planning a week-long repertoire to outshine anything prior. In 40 years members have come and gone, the management team has changed regularly and the venue itself has grown and developed, and currently the club stands stronger than ever with almost 2,000 members revved up for May’s activities. “Hundreds of people are expected to attend the events throughout the week, including many of the current members as well as former members and long-time friends from the UK, Ireland and all around the Gulf,” says Bahrain RFC president Jonty Crosse. Events will be held almost every day of the week, and include a vast range of activities that everyone can partake in. “The celebrations will kick off with a welcome reception and curry supper. This evening will also see the unveiling of a special honours board, recognising over 120 international players who have visited the club,” Jonty explains. “Also on the agenda is a Golden Oldies Rugby fixture, followed by a BMMI Schützenfest and live music from the Dubai-based Declan O’Sullivan, aka the Paddyman,” he continues.

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Another match will be played on May 18 between the DHL Barbarians and the Bahrain RFC. “A number of ex-international players have been lined up to travel to Bahrain for the week, and will lace up their boots in the DHL Memorial game, with the vast majority of them having tasted the club’s hospitality before.” For a more glamorous evening, guests can attend the 40th anniversary end-of-season-ball and the week will be wrapped up with a farewell pool party, complete with Hawaiian shirts and Caribbean cocktails. “The main aim of the anniversary party is to bring former members, current members and friends of Bahrain RFC together to celebrate the club’s successes, achievements and overall contribution to the development of the game and the local community through the years,” Jonty outlines. “We have hosted significant events in the last 40 years, including the famouss Leicester RFC team in the early 1980s and the fixture of the British Airways Invitational.” However, despite all of the club’s achievements, Jonty deems the greatest triumph to be the pure growth of the Bahrain RFC. “All the trophies we have accumulated are obviously among the highlights but looking back I think it’s fantastic to see how far we’ve come from such small beginnings. I never thought I would still be playing rugby at this age but I’m out on the pitch with guys in their 40s, 50s and even 60s playing for the Golden Oldies and still enjoying it and I think that can be attributed to the friendships and the camaraderie that make this club what it is,” Jonty concludes. Here’s to another 40! E Call 17 695-809.

When? May 18 Event? DHL Memorial game Venue? Bahrain RFC Bahrain RFC and DHL Barbarians will compete, followed by a BBQ and live music. When? May 19 Event? Farewell party Venue? Bahrain RFC Don your Hawaiian shirts and indulge in Caribbean cocktails and food. When? May 3 Event? Awards ceremony Venue? Diplomat Radisson Blu Trophies given to DHL Bahrain Netball league winners, played last month. E Email enquiry@netballbahrain.com. When? May 3-10 Event? Basketball championship Venue? Bahrain Basketball Association Don’t miss out on the action from the 32nd GCC Clubs Basketball Championship. E Call 17 741-010. When? May 4 Event? Golf competition Venue? Royal Golf Club Players aged 50 and above show off their skills to win the finishing medal. E Visit www.theroyalgolfclub.com. When? May 5-9 Event? Tennis championship Venue? Bahrain Tennis Federation Various GCC junior teams will take place in this five-day tournament. E Visit www.bahraintennis.com.


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happeningssportsrecreation When? May 11-12 Event? Golf competition Venue? Royal Golf Club All are welcome to take part in this friendly competitive golf tournament. E Visit www.theroyalgolfclub.com. When? May 11-19 Event? Bahrain Beach Soccer Tournament Venue? Amwaj Marina Don’t miss Bahrain’s first adrenalin-fueled beach football game this month. E Email bbst@provisionbh.com.

When? May 11-19 | Event? Bahrain Beach Soccer Tournament | Venue? Amwaj Marina

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When? May 11-24 Event? Tennis championship Venue? Bahrain Tennis Club Take part in or watch the GOYS President’s Cup 2012. E Visit www.bahraintennisclub.com. When? May 14-20 Event? Rugby Club 40th anniversary Venue? Bahrain RFC Join in the anniversary celebrations of one of Bahrain’s oldest sporting clubs. E Call 17 695-809. When? May 25 Event? Summer biathlon Venue? Amwaj Marina Get involved in various sporting challenges, in support of charity. E Call 39 132-102.

The Kingdom’s first regional beach soccer tournament lands on Amwaj Islands this month as 16 teams take to the sand to compete under the sun and on irregular terrain. This month, 16 national teams from all over the region will be coming to the Kingdom to take part in the Bahrain Beach Soccer Tournament (BBST) 2012. Organised by Provision Events, the game will be a GCC level tournament in conjunction with Bahrain Football Association and aims to promote a ‘beautiful game, beautiful Bahrain’. Except to see some high-speed kicks, diving goal saves and speedy shoeless footwork as the five-player teams tackle the sand. Each game will be made up of three periods of 12 minutes, each with a three-minute break in between. The high-profile event will be enjoyable for people of all ages, offering more than just the matches themselves. Attendees can enjoy jet skiing, the PlayStation tent, face painting, a guitar band, martial art performances, an open market bazaar and a celebrity penalty kick shoot-out. Refreshments and snacks can be purchased at the café or nearby coffee shops. There will also be BBST merchandise sold throughout the tournament, so you can pick up your novelty gear to show your team some support. In addition to the regular crowd stands, there will also be a special VIP area for those wanting a better view. Donations will be accepted and contributed to the Bahrain Cancer Society. E Email bbst@provisionbh.com.

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Seeking Harmony

H. E. Jauhar Saleem

Greater engagement on the cultural and business front can further strengthen the close relations between Pakistan and Bahrain, believes Ambassador Jauhar Saleem.

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The past year has been extremely challenging for Pakistani expatriates in the Kingdom. The community has fallen victim to a number of attacks during the unrest, resulting in the loss of nine civilian lives as well as substantial damage to property. Businesses owned by the community have also suffered damages. “All international cities have their own issues, only the nature differs; the expatriate community should exercise due caution in its movements,” observes His Excellency Jauhar Saleem, Pakistan’s ambassador to Bahrain. “We’re hoping that those affected will be compensated, as per the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry.” The Pakistan embassy has been providing emergency assistance, including organising visas for visiting family members and arranging for bodies to be repatriated through what the ambassador terms is an “unfortunate phase”.

On occasion of Pakistan’s National Day, celebrated last month, he underlines the close and fraternal relations between the two countries. “The 90,000 strong Pakistani diaspora in Bahrain has greatly contributed to the progress and development of this beautiful country. They must continue the good work and further enhance Pakistan’s good name in Bahrain as well as keep abiding by the laws and traditions of the Kingdom,” he says. Soft power Cultural and economic diplomacy is the way forward for Pakistan, tormented as it is by negative publicity on an international stage, believes Ambassador Saleem. “Pakistan is a country of great artistic tradition, with a rich cultural and musical heritage. It’s unfortunate that terrorism dominates the headlines. We want to disseminate the message that Pakistan is not a country of extremists. It’s a vibrant nation of enterprising people who are involved in the arts and industry,” he says. The ambassador has opened a trade office in Bahrain and two trade delegations have been sent to Pakistan in the last eight months. Pakistanis own the largest number of small and medium enterprises in Bahrain, he says, and is encouraged to see trade bodies from Pakistan interacting with counterparts in the Kingdom. The volume of bilateral trade between the two nations has virtually doubled to US$400 million annually in the last four years. Over the coming months, he has lined up a couple of trade events in Bahrain, where Pakistan’s top exports will be showcased. “Textiles form around 60 per cent of our exports and a fashion show scheduled in May will highlight the country’s cultural heritage as well as the business potential in this sector,” he says. His Excellency holds the distinction of being Pakistan’s youngest Ambassador. A keen promoter of fine arts and culture, he has pursued cultural diplomacy in all his foreign assignments. His interest lies in Urdu poetry, which he feels should be the backbone of music from the Subcontinent. Since his arrival in Bahrain, he’s already held about a dozen cultural events including soirees, fashion shows and poetry recitations. “There is no better way to foster closer understanding between two countries or cultures. Art transcends national boundaries; ultimately, we have to live together and build this country together,” he says.

xxxxx We want to disseminate the message that Pakistan is not a country of extremists. It’s a vibrant nation of enterprising people who are involved in the arts and industry


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Unmatched Achievement By doing this, he is covering the 5,164 steps included in the Great Wall of China marathon. “The average length of time it takes to run a marathon is two hours and 15 minutes, but most runners take at least three-anda-half hours to complete this particular one. I hope to complete it within four hours; that will be a huge personal achievement, perhaps my best so far,” he says. “Since I started running ten years ago to get fit, I have run the London, Dubai and Athens marathons, as well as a large number of Bahrain’s marathons, three of which I have won,” Idris says. As a member of the Bahrain Road Runners club, he has also competed in triathlon and ironman events. In fact, during 2010 Idris became the first Indian man to compete in the Malaysia ironman competition, the highlight of his career. However, the Great Wall race has been a dream of his for some time; “This is an iconic historical landmark, so large that it can be seen in space. It is the route I have always wanted to run,” Idris reveals. His love of running is so great, that Idris doesn’t even listen to any music whilst running to keep him motivated. “I become so immersed in my own thoughts and my drive to succeed is what helps me complete the race. The Great Wall of China marathon will be even easier to stay amused as the pure beauty of the course is promised to be spectacular and like nothing else.” As for what’s next, that is undetermined and Idris feels there is no need to decide this yet. “I like to take life one step at a time. I love marathons, but most important is my health, and running is a hard sport that pushes every muscle and bone, particularly in the legs and the feet, to their limit. Of course there will be another challenge, but we will have to wait and see what that is,” he muses.

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It is a proud moment when Bahrain says it is home to a participant of the Great Wall of China marathon. Long and tedious, it is a certified challenge that only pros attempt.

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With the 2012 Summer Olympics fast approaching, the world’s focus has shifted to sport for yet another year. And while Bahrain may not be host to the event, it is home to one aspirational athlete who is travelling east to become the first resident of the Kingdom to run the Great Wall of China marathon, on May 19. No feeble matter, this stretch is one of the toughest for even the most experienced runners to undertake, due to the challenging terrain and the excessive amount of steps! “I have been training for months, and it is sure to be the hardest course I have tried,” explains Idris Mohamed. “Here in Bahrain, a friend found me a 29-floor building, which I run up and down six times, once a week.”

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Ron Bradfield

Useful Learning Offering an MBA has become a lucrative industry; securing a suitable course at the right institute amid a profusion of colleges is another matter.

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Opting for an MBA is often a life-changing decision, considering the amount of time and money that is invested in the process. While there is no dearth of institutes offering MBA programmes in the market, picking the right programme can turn out to be a mind-boggling exercise. Ron Bradfield, regional director of the Strathclyde Business School in Abu Dhabi, has some basic advice for aspirants. “The most important point to consider is ‘what you want from an MBA programme’. In case all you want is those three magical letters ‘MBA’ after your name, any institute that you can afford will suffice. However, if you want more, you will need to dig deeper,” he says. One of the most reliable sources of information for potential candidates could be the word of mouth testimonials from current students as well as alumni of any institute. Glasgow-based University of Strathclyde is a charitable body which has run an offshore executive MBA programme in Bahrain since 1995. Ron is quick to point out that an offshore course should not be confused with online or distance learning programmes. “Our part-time MBA is taught face-to-face; intensive seminars are conducted every month by Strathclyde academics, who fly in from Scotland. There are workshops held over weekends, which are run by our faculty. In addition to this, weekly tutorial

sessions are held by local counsellors, most of who are Strathclyde alumni,” he says. The programme is structured flexibly, keeping in mind the busy executives who are working full-time and studying parttime. Though students can take up to six years to complete the two-year course, a majority take no more than three years. Ron is happy to inform that the school has a small intake, with two batches annually comprising around 35 candidates each. “We’re highly focussed on delivering a high quality MBA and the small intake makes it sustainable. The average age of our students is 31 and they have around five to seven years of work experience, much of it in managerial positions,” he says. While this is a generalist MBA programme covering 14 subjects, there are four to five courses on strategy alone. Given the popular demand for the course in entrepreneurship, Ron’s not surprised that 30 per cent of the alumni from Bahrain campus has gone on to launch their own businesses. “Around 67 per cent of the population in the Middle East region is below 25 years of age; employment and employability will be crucial issues in the years to come. Back in Scotland, our focus has always been on entrepreneurship. With our Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, we are one of the only three universities in the UK that run an entrepreneurship centre,” he notes. E Visit sbs-middleeast@strath.ac.uk


businessthismonth When? May 5-10 | Event? Oil week | Venue? The Ritz-Carlton Hotel

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Fueling the Nation Oil and gas industry leaders come together from around the region to learn, network and discover new products that will influence future energy decisions. This month will see the Kingdom host an array of events that will look into ways of advancing the energy industry. The Middle East Petroleum and Gas Week (MEOW) will host six different events that will bring together over 50 speakers and an estimated 600 professionals. The event, first launched in 1997, is now an integrated umbrella of activities established as a platform for knowledge-sharing and networking. At the heart of MEOW will be the Annual Middle East Petroleum and Gas Conference (MPGC 2012). Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the MPGC will act as a focal point for leading industry organisations in the business to gather, share and exchange views. Key issues and challenges will be discussed by international experts such as keynote speakers Said A. Al-Hadrami, president and CEO of Aramco Trading, and Ian Taylor, president and CEO of Vitol Group of Companies. Adding to the roster of events will be the first Base Oil and lubes Middle East (BLM 2012). This conference will serve as a platform for all senior-level decision makers from the global base oil and lubricant industry. Energised education In addition to the week’s conferences, four courses will be held. The 19th Middle East Petroleum Insiders examines the Also this month

political outlook in the Middle East and its impact on the oil market. It will provide an insightful analysis into this crucial region and will discuss issues that are fundamental to how the oil markets evolve with industry leaders. Next up will be the Production Sharing Contracts and International Petroleum Fiscal Systems. This course is a must-attend for those responsible for new ventures, exploration, corporate planning as well as oil company legal counsel, geologists and engineers. With recent fundamental changes in the Middle East gas market, the 6th Annual Middle East Gas Insiders promises to tackle the industry’s hottest topics. Closing the round up of courses will be the Gasoline and Diesel Blending Technology and Economics. This two-day course will address contemporary issues faced in the industry such as the environmental impact of various gas and diesel specifications. Petrochemicals and technology Running simultaneously to MEOW will be the Middle East Petrotech 2012 which will focus primarily on the refining, gas and petrochemical field. The conference will feature experts from refining and marketing organisations worldwide and centre on the theme ‘Creating Value: Technology, Investment and People’. Minister of Energy Dr Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza and chief executive officer of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation Farouk Al-Zanki will act as the event’s keynote speakers. E Visit www.cconnection.org.

MEOW events All events take place at The RitzCarlton Hotel, with the exception of Petrotech 2012, which is at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Conference Centre. When? May 5-6 Event? Petroleum insiders workshop Explore the effect of the region’s political turmoil on oil supply. When? May 5-6 Event? Fiscal systems workshop An examination and analysis of state-of-the-art techniques. When? May 6-8 Event? Petroleum and gas conference Tackle key issues and challenges in the oil and gas industry. When? May 9-10 Event? Base oil and lubes conference Focussing on lube oil and lubricant technologies. When? May 9-10 Event? Gas insider workshop Examine the key shifts in the oil and gas market. When? May 9-10 Event? Technologies and economics workshop An overview of blending techniques and technologies. When? May 20-23 Event? Petrotech 2012 conference Showcase of products developed for the oil and gas industry.

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businessconference When? May 5-10 Event? Oil week Venue? Various Learn and discover new products from the oil and gas industries. E Visit www.cconnection.org. When? May 15 Event? Conference Venue? InterContinental Regency Learn about critical thinking and innovation at this Leadership Conference. E Visit www.bms.org.bh.

When? May 27-28 | Event? Global Intrapreneurship Forum | Venue? Gulf Hotel

Supporting Growth A first-of-its-kind forum will address and promote the support that established businesses and investors can provide to up-and-coming personalities and ideas.

When? May 20-21 Event? Finance conference Venue? Gulf Hotel A look at the growth and business plans for Islamic investments. E Visit www.megaevents.net/ islamic_funds. When? May 22-24 Event? Exhibition Venue? BIECC The annual Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Exhibition is back! E Visit www.bahrainexhibitions.com. When? May 27-28 Event? Global Entrepreneurship Forum Venue? Gulf Hotel Network with potential investors and present your ideas to launch your company. E Call 77 022-550.

This month an innovative global forum will assist young companies in getting their businesses off the ground. Devised by The Firm, a new private international business and development club, the forum aims to connect corporations and investors with pioneering thinkers — intrapreneurs — to enable the launch of new projects and ideas. “Intrapreneurs are individuals based in large companies or small and medium enterprises who have knowledge and insight of business gaps in the market,” explains The Firm founder and president Abdullah Al Subyani. The event will draw attention to the importance of corporate entrepreneurship and the role it plays in driving business and economic growth. Areas covered at the forum will include: how to develop the market-place for intrapreneurship; how to network with the emerging providers of intrapreneurship related services and investors; how to plan for early retirement; and, finally, how to shift from an intrapreneur to successful business person. A number of keynote speakers will be in attendance; Gifford Pinchot, the man behind the word ‘intrapreneur’, will be advising and educating attendees; Naveed Khan, former chief executive of Siemens Ventures, will be speaking on the subject as will Dr Maher Chebbo, the vice president of SAP France. Over 500 regional and international participants are expected to attend the two-day event. E Visit www.thefirm-online.com.

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Shaikha Hessa Visual Art Show Shaikha Hessa Girls' School hosted their second IB Visual Arts Show in the school hall last month. Twelve girls introduced their art pieces to the public after going through and completing the 2 year IB Visual Arts program. Mariam bint Ali Fakhro, a known Bahraini artist, was the guest of honor and guests included members of the school board, teachers, staff, students, parents, friends, & media, as well as other local artists

Jalila, Shaikha Yasmeen, Shaikha Noora, Sara & Najeela

Deema & Alreem

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Mariam Fakhro cuts the ribbon to open the show

Kaltham

Manayer

Shaikha Aysha

Samiya & Mariam

Noora

Sara Al Kowari

Hajer

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Entertaining by Design

Redha Habib and Mansoor Toorani

3D is envisioned as the future of digital entertainment, but is the region ready to embrace this technology, asks Bahraini artist duo Redha Habib and Mansoor Toorani.

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As the pioneering 3D artists on the Bahrain media scene, Redha Habib and Mansoor Toorani are out to prove a point. The duo is racing against time to complete their first 30-episode animated comic series in time for Ramadan. If received well, the Diary of Bu Talool, which serialises the humorous adventures of a jack-of-all-trades, will open the gates for more action on the 3D front. “There’s a huge demand out there for 3D animation. Many channels are interested in buying the series and are awaiting a preview of the final product. We’d rather create the product locally with an Arabic flavour, than ship it all the way to Iran, China or India as other producers in the region are doing,” says Mansoor Toorani, co-founder, Reality Animation. In addition to more seasons of the series, the artists plan to dabble in music videos, documentaries, jingles and advertisements — all in the realm of 3D. Eventually, they hope to produce a full length animation movie.

The phenomenal success of Avatar, Kung Fu Panda and Toy Story 3 has spawned a trend that’s seen every major Hollywood producer riding the 3D bandwagon. The GCC region has been slow in catching up, producing only three animation series so far. The region outsources its 3D production work to markets such as India, China, Iran and Italy, with producers shelling out as much as US$150 for every second of a clip, raising the cost of a full length 3D movie to over US$1 million. Self-taught musician and sound artist Redha decided to join forces with architect-turned-designer Mansoor last year to transform his recording studio of 25 years into an audio-visual studio specialising in 3D animation. Business angle Tenmou has invested BD30,000 in the company for a 20 per cent stake, providing much-needed financial support and mentorship. Tenmou is helping them market the series and is also talking to investors to help raise more money. The going has not been easy thus far. In absence of adequate high-tech equipment, every 24-second sequel takes about 12 hours to render a computer generated image in 3D. The project also demands qualified and talented artists, a rare breed in the Kingdom. “We received 90 CVs in response to our advertisement, but only two candidates matched the profile we were looking for. Both are expatriates. We’d planned to hire at least five designers, but are now working with three,” says Redha. Short of qualified professionals, they’ve brought onboard some enthusiastic Bahraini youngsters who are passionate about design. The duo realise they will need to nurture local talent if they’re to produce quality animation locally. “After the series is ready, we’ll enlist help from investors to set up a media training centre in Bahrain. If this market is to expand further, we’ll need trained animators, modular designers, computer graphics professionals as well as sound engineers and camera crew who specialise in 3D,” says Mansoor. Investors will not have reason to regret their decision, they assert, as the appeal of a well-made animation series can be long-lasting.

xxxxx We’d rather create the product locally with an Arabic flavour, than ship it all the way to Iran, China or India as other producers in the region are doing


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Edward Chaaya

Outstanding Value For a hotelier to really excel at his job, a strong belief in his product is paramount, says the new general manager at The K Hotel.

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Two weeks into his new assignment in Bahrain, Edward Chaaya has drawn up his blueprint of how the property should be run. “The idea is to primarily reinforce what’s already been established and retain the existing clientele. We have a superb product here; it deserves to be complemented by first-rate service,” he says. Opening in the midst of a challenging environment last year, The K Hotel made it to the Arabia Fast Growth 500 (Arabia500)

list, which recognises companies posting strong results amidst one of the toughest downturns in 80 years. The hotel was the lone winner from Bahrain in the hospitality segment. For Edward, moving to Bahrain was a strategic decision. “It’s a great opportunity to be part of the unique concept that is The K Hotel, with a product you’ll be proud to work for and a concept that has already exceeded expectations within a year of its launch,” he notes. Neither resources nor expertise has been a constraint for a property owned by Mo Kan WLL and managed by the Gulf Hotels Group (GHG), which has extensive experience in the hospitality segment. Edward believes their strategy is essentially based on differentiation. “We are a four-star deluxe hotel, but given our pedigree, we are committed to providing five-star products and services,” he says. In a marketplace awash with homogenous offerings, the hotel stands out with its distinctive personal touch, he believes, be it the cosy library at the K Lounge or the sports memorabilia adorning Champions Sports Lounge. “A large number of business and leisure travellers in Bahrain are looking for luxury, privacy, warmth and personalised service. We offer all this at exceedingly good price points,” adds Edward. The new general manager has chalked out an extensive promotional plan for the food and beverage segment, which will run throughout the weekdays as well as weekends. Whether it’s the business luncheon during weekdays, the comprehensive Friday brunch, Japanese nights or the sushi festival, all promotions are geared to provide value to clients. The Lebanese/Canadian hotelier has worked his way up from the food and beverage segment onto the marketing and management side. As a hospitality student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, he took on small jobs to support himself, even washing dishes and sweeping floors, something that he’s proud of today. All that grounding has meant that his keen eye misses no detail, no matter how trivial. Edward hopes to instil the same discipline among his colleagues here. “We aim to delight our customers at every point of contact; the smaller the point of contact the more important it is. The main entrance is the starting point. Customers come in with a perception in their minds. How they’re greeted and treated at the door shows the way forward,” he believes.

xxxxx It’s a great opportunity to be part of the unique concept that is The K Hotel, with a product you’ll be proud to work for and a concept that has already exceeded expectations within a year of its launch


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Mohammed Fakhro Wedding Celebrations Adel Fakhro hosted a reception to celebrate the wedding of his son Mohammed Fakhro at the Abdulla bin Yousif Fakhro Majlis in Burhama last month. The reception was attended by members of the Fakhro family, members of the Ruling Family, Ministers, and a number of dignitaries

HE Dr Hassan Fakhro, Industry & Commerce Minister, Mohammed Fakhro & HH Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister

Shaikh Khalifa bin Duaij Al Khalifa & HE Rasheed Al Maraj, Governor, Central Bank of Bahrain

Mohammed Almoayyed

The Fakhro family - Abdulla, Abdulla, Dr Yousif, Dr Essam, HE Dr Hassan, Mohammed, Adel, Ahmed, Shawqi & Rashid

Khalifa Al Rumaihi, Abdullatif Sakran, Adel Fakhro & Nabeel Al Zain

Adnan Fakhro, Mazin Al Umran, Farouk Almoayyed, HE Shaikh Abdulla bin Thamer Al-Thani, Qatari Ambassador

Abdulaziz Kanoo, George, Mubarak Kanoo, Dr Ali Fakhro & Adel Fakhro

Abdulla Fakhro, Mohammed Fakhro, Shaikh Abdul Hussain Al Asfoor & Adel Fakhro

Abdulla Fakhro, Nawaf Almoayyed, Shaikh Hamad bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Mohammed Fakhro, HE Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa, Adviser of Political and Economic Affairs at the Court of the Crown Prince, Adel Fakhro, Nabeel Almoayyed & Jassim Al Zayani

Mohammed, HE Ali Saleh Al Saleh, Chairman of the Shura Council, Adel Fakhro & Jawad Y. Al Hawaj

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Adel Fakhro & Khalid Al Zayani

HE Dr Faisal Al Hamer

HE Dr Nizar Al Baharna & Mohammed Fakhro

HE Khalifa Al Dhahrani, Chairman of the Representatives Council, Adel Fakhro & Othman Sharif

Dr Ali Fakhro & Rasool Al Jishi

Shaikh Hesham Al Khalifa


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Greek National Day Celebration On the ocassion of the Greek National Day, the Steering Committee of the Hellenic Community of Bahrain hosted a celebratory lunch at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa's poolside. The event was attended by Konstantinos Pallikaropoulos, Honorary Consul of the Hellenic Republic of Greece, HE Mohan Kumar, Indian Ambassador, members of the Greek community and a number of guests

HE Mohan Kumar, Konstantinos Pallikaropoulas & Ron

Anna, HE Mohan Kumar, Iro, Mala, Christina, Lilian, Kostis & Renuka

Eleana, Stelios & Michael

Anna, Christina & Iro

Iro, Ioannis & Evy

Stephanie, Clem & Pdub

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Iro, Yousif, Ayman, Maria & Ron

Noor, Shahd, Reem, Iro & Ameer

Adnan, Iro & Irene

Dr Steve & Costos

Sophie, Theodoros & Constantinos

Tassos & Dana

Dunia & Wiebke

DJ Dwayne & Aris

Ali, Panos, Christine & Ada

Najine & Hibz

Robyn, Rose & David

Mand & Ada

Maria, Arianna & Evi


Enjoy watching the games Euro 2012 Soccer Madness from June 8 to July 1, 2012. Watch LIVE games at The Exchange Restaurant & Pub • Enjoy National dishes from your favorite Euro teams • WIN exciting prizes!


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Mรถvenpick Hotel Opera Night The European Chamber Opera performed live in Bahrain at the Mรถvenpick Hotel. Internationally renowned musicians Anna Jeruc, Laura Woods and Leonel Pinheiro took centre stage at the Grand Opera Gala. Opera masterpieces from La Traviata, Carmen and The Magic Flute were among the pieces performed under the direction of Stefan Sanchez. Maserati, which sponsored the event, also showcased its cars at the hotel

Mathais, Sumaya & Heinz

Usman, Jessie & Francisco

Meher & Dolores

Vito, Luigina, Nela & Mehmed

James & Sharil

Penelope, Atiya & Nora

Ann, John, Claire, James & Seanas

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One of the performances

Myra, Joann & Grace

Rania & Christina

Yulia & Carlos

George & Marison

Fiona & Hillary

Enna & Christa

Sadiq & Jo

Jean-Baptiste & Jennifer

Astrid & Matt

Samiya & Jo

Raymond & Kiki

Khalid

Efce & Maria

Melvyn & Suzanne

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St Christopher's School 50th Anniversary Music Concert St Christopher's School held a music concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the school at the Junior Hall at St Christopher's Junior School in Saar last month. The concert hosted by school principal Ed Goodwin was attended by Prince Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, His Majesty King Hamad's Personal Representative. The programme featured group and individual music recitals performed by pupils Prince Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa & HE Shaikha Hessa

Frams & Els

Aditya, Maryam & Nikhil

David, Alison & Bryon

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John & Susan

Shauna, Jonas & Morten

Sherin, Martina & Samia

Andy, Wendy & Drew

Shameera & Manushan

Rajasi & Ashisha

Neal, Reem & Faruq

Adidi & Devi

Myriam, Gilda & Nadine

Alex & Reem

Ed Goodwin

Rangarajan & Nisha

Alistair

Abigail & Anna

Bassam & Nabeel

Caroline & Salim

Raimond & Sebastian

Sumana & Subhrendu

Lorraine & Elle

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A Special Supplement by Bahrain This Month 66 A Collaborative Effort Thomas Krajeski, the U.S. ambassador to Bahrain, tells us about plans for America Week and his perspective on events over the past year and the way forward.

68 America Week A week-long celebration of everything American; from cultural activities, shopping promotions, business forums and sports, it’s time to don the stars and stripes.

70 Building Momentum Bahrain This Month talks to Hamid Rashid Zayani, the chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain, about all things business.

72 Road Trip U.S.A. Four Americans recant their favourite road trips across the vast expanse of the United States, taking you places to which you would not normally travel.

74 Big and Bold ‘Power’ is a word that defines the American automobile industry; where would we be without the Mustang, Charger, Camaro, Jeep or Harley-Davidson?

78 An American Diner When we think American in a food context, we’d probably put the ubiquitous burger at the top of the list; there’s much more to their cuisine, though, than a bun and a patty.

Commercial Index Ahmed Zayani & Sons (Dodge)................................. 67 Almoayyed Motors (Ford)........................................... 71 Bennigan’s.................................................................... 74 Chili’s............................................................................. 69 OXY Petroleum............................................................. 75 Ric’s Kountry Kitchen................................................... 79 US Embassy................................................................... 64

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americasupplement When? May 20-26 | Event? America Week | Venue? Throughout the Kingdom

H. E. Thomas Krajeski and his wife, Bonnie

A Collaborative Effort As the Kingdom welcomes its first America Week, Bahrain This Month asks H. E. Thomas Krajeski, the U.S. ambassador to Bahrain, about plans for the week and his perspective on events over the past year.

BTM: How did the concept for America Week arise? Thomas Krajeski (TK): The idea is to celebrate the long-standing friendship between the United States and Kingdom of Bahrain, and to highlight our strong cultural and economic ties. We also view the event as an opportunity to explore new possibilities for collaboration in business, trade, the arts and other areas. Lastly, it’s a chance for all of us to come together for a variety of exciting events before the hot days of summer hit.

BTM: Will you personally be speaking at any of the events? TK: I will definitely be attending as many of the events as I can, and will make remarks at more than one of them. Bonnie, my wife, and I are both looking forward to formally opening the event at Seef Mall. Of course, many of these events will be organised and hosted by our local partners, so I look forward to hearing from many of them as well.

BTM: What’s the attraction for visitors to the week? TK: We’ve come up with a wide variety of events and themes for the week so there truly should be something for everyone. Whether you’re a sports enthusiast, artist, musician, business leader, prospective student at an American university, or just a fan of American food, there will be something for you. We are very encouraged by the level of interest we’ve already seen with the project and are very excited to bring all of these plans to fruition.

BTM: How does America Week hope to boost business ties between America and Bahrain? TK: America Week Bahrain promotes American brands in Bahrain, which supports both the local supplier and the company in the U.S. In addition, we’ll be holding a business symposium that highlights some of the great success stories under the U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement (FTA), and provide more information on how Bahraini companies can take advantage of the FTA. We’ll also be holding an American Fair Trade, Car and Motorcycle show to promote the U.S. goods.

BTM: What are the themes running through America Week and why were they selected? TK: America Week is organised around the themes of education, tourism, sports and culture. The U.S.-Bahraini relationship is so multifaceted that we could have chosen any number of themes, but we felt that these offered us the widest range of opportunities and the chance to recognise and celebrate some of our key partners here.

BTM: Is the embassy bringing over any guests to take part in the week’s events? TK: We are lucky to have a delegation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce participating, including vice president for MENA, Lionel Johnson, to participate in the business symposium. On the cultural side, Arab-American country singer Kareem Salama and Arab-American comedian Nemr Abu Nasser will be performing several shows throughout the week.

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America Week events

When? May 20 Event? Shopping event Venue? Seef Mall When? May 20 Event? Quilting workshop Venue? TBC When? May 20 Event? Comedy evening Venue? Seef Mall When? May 20-24 Event? Education in the USA Venue? Seef Mall When? May 21 Event? Business symposium Venue? TBC When? May 22 Event? Alumni event Venue? TBC When? May 22 Event? Country music performance Venue? TBC When? May 23 Event? Jazz performances Venue? InterContinental Regency Hotel When? May 23 Event? Travel and tourism expo Venue? Seef Mall

An American Perspective BTM: As, to use an expression from the British Ambassador to Bahrain, a ‘critical friend’ of the Kingdom, who can speak firmly yet constructively, what advice would you offer to conclude the national dialogue? TK: In light of the events of the past year, it is more important than ever that the U.S. and Bahrain work together to confront local and regional challenges, and to promote meaningful reform and reconciliation here in Bahrain. Both of our countries benefit from stability and prosperity in Bahrain, and from a society where all people are able to contribute to the political process. We also must stand together to confront growing regional threats, not the least of which from Iran. As we have said time and again, it is a great credit to His Majesty King Hamad that he initiated the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry and that the government of Bahrain has taken many important steps toward implementing the reforms identified in the BICI report. Still, there is work to be done. As such, we renew our call on all parties, including the government, political societies and others to engage in dialogue and negotiation in which all elements of society have a real voice. This must be a process led by Bahrainis themselves. It will require courage and leadership on all sides, and can only succeed by building mutual respect and mutual trust.

BTM: From a personal perspective, what is your impression from what you have seen at firsthand from your time in the Kingdom? TK: I’ve been very encouraged by all of the incredible people I’ve met here in Bahrain, not only by the openness and warmth by which they have welcomed Bonnie and myself, but also by the civility and graciousness of the people I’ve come in contact with. We always say that people-to-people connections are the most important relationships we have in strengthening the ties between our two nations, and I honestly believe that. I look forward to meeting and working with many more of our Bahraini friends and colleagues in the near future and to celebrating our shared achievements this May 20-26th during our first America Week programme.

America Week Highlights

When? May 24 Event? Trade show Venue? Royal Golf Club When? May 25 Event? Motorcycle ride Venue? Marriott Executive Apartments When? May 26 Event? Sports tournament Venue? Al Najma Club E Full details are available at www.AmericaWeekBahrain.com.

BTM: What advice would you offer to American businesses seeking to either invest and/or set up business here, in the current environment? TK: Our commercial team speaks with American businesses interested in doing business in Bahrain every day. From nearly zero taxes to 100 per cent foreign ownership, plus access to the wider GCC market, we stress that Bahrain continues to have the best legal environment in the Gulf for business.

Full of cultural activities, promotions and events, America Week will entice everyone to attend. Launched by a shopping event at Seef Mall, the festival will continue in a whirlwind of all things American. Promotions will take place in American branded businesses and an education booth will promote American colleges and universities for potential students. A business symposium will feature the vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for MENA and a ‘Discover America’ travel and tourism exhibition will entice you to visit. Sports will also be highlighted in a basketball tournament; arts and crafts fans can browse the American Women’s Association’s bazaar; and enjoy some comedy as ArabAmerican Nemr Abu Nasser takes to the stage. Finally, country music artist Kareem Salama and jazz artists Tacit will perform.

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America Week contains a host events, including: • The ‘American Fair’ showcases trade, cars and motorcycles • A ‘Discover America’ travel and tourism expo will include presentations on U.S. national parks and other destinations • A ‘Kick Off' event features the ambassador and the Minister of Industry and Commerce 'shopping' at U.S. brand stores • An ‘Education USA’ booth at a local shopping mall will promote American colleges and universities • Expect Bahrain-wide promotions and special events at participating American-branded businesses and franchises, including retail stores, restaurants, grocery stores, and hotels • A business symposium will feature keynote speaker from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for MENA • A sports diplomacy event will host a day-long basketball tournament between American and Bahraini players • A “Wear Your Colors” alumni event is planned for all graduates of U.S. colleges and universities in Bahrain • An American quilting event will be hosted by Mrs Krajeski • An arts and craft bazaar will be hosted by the American Women’s Association • Prepare to laugh courtesy of Arab-American comedian Nemr Abu Nasser • Music from Arab-American country artist Kareem Salama • For an evening of jazz, don’t miss artists Tacit performing • A Harley-Davidson motorcycle ride should be an event that all HOG owners in Bahrain get involved in


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xxxxx Throughout this time, the discipline of Bahrainis has been a valuable asset for the country. It also shows that while we may not agree on the details of doing things, it doesn’t change the fact that we love our country Through his long association with the United States (US) dating back to his days at university, he has been an admirer of American educational institutions, its rich cultural and touristic heritage. His association with the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Bahrain, therefore, comes as no surprise. “Be it education, medicare or essential technology, the US touches so many aspects of our day-to-day lives that it would be foolish to ignore. Besides being a significant trade partner, our security links with the US are historic and substantial. My objective here is to emphasise the strength of these relations,” says the AmCham Bahrain chairman.

Hamid Rashid Zayani

Building Momentum In its seventh year now, AmCham Bahrain is working harder than ever to better engage with the business community in the US.

This summer will mark the completion of what has been a watershed year for Bahrain. Hamid Rashid Zayani believes Bahrainis have handled the crisis with great respect for each other and minimum casualties. “Throughout this time, the discipline of Bahrainis has been a valuable asset for the country. It also shows that while we may not agree on the details of doing things, it doesn’t change the fact that we love our country,” he says. Surprisingly, Bahrain’s industrial sector has remained resilient even as the retail and hospitality sectors have borne the brunt of the unrest. “Our group achieved the highest growth in industrial output catering to the export market last year. The service sector including medical care has been growing; in fact, all exportoriented industries have grown. Even the real estate sector presents a window of opportunity as the market corrects itself,” notes Hamid.

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Changing gears Hosting the American Week in Bahrain, a celebration of American culture, heritage and the American way of life, has been the brainchild of AmCham Bahrain. As part of the schedule of events, AmCham hosts a business symposium on the second day at the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce, with an American speaker addressing trade issues. Hamid believes Bahrain can derive much more mileage out of its Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the US. “America can no longer ignore that the GCC is a US$1 trillion dollar economy which will double in size by 2020. Bahrain remains the gateway to the Gulf. There’s significant scope for investment in sectors such as solar power, medicare technology and of course, banking.” AmCham Bahrain has opened up its association with counterparts in the US. It has taken membership with the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce and is forging links with other American business forums as well. He will further outline new opportunities in a changing MENA region at the AmCham Regional MENA council in Tunisia in May. Sectors such as ICT, tourism, agri-business infrastructure as well as renewable energy are ripe for foreign investment, he believes. “The whole of MENA region represents vast opportunities as a trading block for the US. We want to assess ways of building on the current initiatives to promote trade with companies in the US as well as among MENA countries, highlighting the success stories and setting a benchmark for a strong presence in the region,” he says. AmCham Bahrain presently has around 30 members, a majority of them Bahrainis in the upper echelons of American companies here. Hamid has restructured the chamber’s management and the changes will be reflected in a revamped website that will be unveiled soon.


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Road Trip U.S.A. Alison Coldridge America is simply huge. There is a great deal to see and so many places to visit, hence why a large percentage of Americans have never left the country!

When visiting America, most tourists flock to the hotspot destinations — The White House, Statue of Liberty, Hollywood, Grand Canyon — which are, of course, something to write home about, but there are an extraordinary amount of less wellknown destinations to visit. And, what better way to soak up as much as possible than by zipping through the states in a car. There is much to be said for the classic road trip approach. Bahrain This Month chats with four all-Americans who are old hands at road trips and suggest some must-see stop-offs.

The southern route Baltimore-born Dino Matarozza recalls his most memorable drive from Las Vegas back to his hometown in Maryland.

Arizona

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A nine-day round trip from Vegas to Baltimore and back to Vegas took me south, allowing me spectacular sightings and stop-offs. Travelling into Arizona my first destination was some gorgeous cliff dwellings in Arizona; Native American settlements from thousands of years ago. You can park up and walk through all of the caves and really get a feel of how the natives lived. In the early morning mist, this site is particularly beautiful. Carrying along the route, I stopped off to visit a pristine meteor crater — perfectly preserved; it attracts tourists from all over the world. Another stop-ff was at the Painted Desert on the panhandle of Oklahoma. Incredible orange rock formations combined with purple and yellow flowers did make me feel as if I was looking at an artist’s work on a canvas, rather than the sheer magnificence of nature. This desert skirts the edge of the Petrified Forest, a group of fossilised trees that have turned to stone. Continuing along the old Route 66 through Texas, I went up into the Appalachian Mountains, which were coated in snow at the top.


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Road Trip U.S.A. Alison Coldridge America is simply huge. There is a great deal to see and so many places to visit, hence why a large percentage of Americans have never left the country!

When visiting America, most tourists flock to the hotspot destinations — The White House, Statue of Liberty, Hollywood, Grand Canyon — which are, of course, something to write home about, but there are an extraordinary amount of less wellknown destinations to visit. And, what better way to soak up as much as possible than by zipping through the states in a car. There is much to be said for the classic road trip approach. Bahrain This Month chats with four all-Americans who are old hands at road trips and suggest some must-see stop-offs.

The southern route Baltimore-born Dino Matarozza recalls his most memorable drive from Las Vegas back to his hometown in Maryland.

Arizona

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A nine-day round trip from Vegas to Baltimore and back to Vegas took me south, allowing me spectacular sightings and stop-offs. Travelling into Arizona my first destination was some gorgeous cliff dwellings in Arizona; Native American settlements from thousands of years ago. You can park up and walk through all of the caves and really get a feel of how the natives lived. In the early morning mist, this site is particularly beautiful. Carrying along the route, I stopped off to visit a pristine meteor crater — perfectly preserved; it attracts tourists from all over the world. Another stop-ff was at the Painted Desert on the panhandle of Oklahoma. Incredible orange rock formations combined with purple and yellow flowers did make me feel as if I was looking at an artist’s work on a canvas, rather than the sheer magnificence of nature. This desert skirts the edge of the Petrified Forest, a group of fossilised trees that have turned to stone. Continuing along the old Route 66 through Texas, I went up into the Appalachian Mountains, which were coated in snow at the top.


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Big and Bold There’s no mistaking American motor vehicles with their distinctive styling; sharp lines and full of muscle, they are built for the road.

Ford Mustang V8

The history of American cars reads more like a drama production at your local theatre, with its ups and downs, and usually at the extremes. Despite the ‘invasion’ of foreign imports from Europe and Asia in their home markets, classic American styling is still very much in evidence. Whether you fancy a Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep, you will be able to find a model that suits you, from a compact sedan to a muscle-busting 4x4. The oversized car body might have disappeared, but the familiar attributes demanded by the American public have not diminished through competition. If there is one word that sums

up an American motor it has to be ‘power’. Engines that can burn up the road or sleek design lines all play to this word. Fortunately most of these options are available to us here in the Kingdom through the likes of Ahmed Zayani & Sons, National Motor Company and Almoayyed Motors. The Chevrolet Cruze, GMC Acadia, Ford Escape and Mondeo, Chrysler 300 or any number of Jeeps are frequently spotted around town. Of course, no mention of the American automobile industry could ever be complete without a reference to Harley-Davidson. This two-wheeler, more than anything else, is the epitome of the ‘American Dream’.

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US Ambassador's Reception HE Thomas Krajeski, US Ambassador, hosted a reception in celebration of Women’s History Month. The reception featured American astronaut Marsha Ivins who spoke about her experience working for NASA and her participation in five space missions. Senior government officials, diplomats, businessmen, Shura Council members, members of Parliament, academics, journalists and members of Bahrain Astronomical Society attended the reception

Fawzia, Marsha & Ahlam

Marsha Ivins & HE Thomas Krajeski

Naziha, Kari & Dina

Steve & Cynthia

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Judy, Scott & Christine


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Big and Bold There’s no mistaking American motor vehicles with their distinctive styling; sharp lines and full of muscle, they are built for the road.

Ford Mustang V8

The history of American cars reads more like a drama production at your local theatre, with its ups and downs, and usually at the extremes. Despite the ‘invasion’ of foreign imports from Europe and Asia in their home markets, classic American styling is still very much in evidence. Whether you fancy a Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep, you will be able to find a model that suits you, from a compact sedan to a muscle-busting 4x4. The oversized car body might have disappeared, but the familiar attributes demanded by the American public have not diminished through competition. If there is one word that sums

up an American motor it has to be ‘power’. Engines that can burn up the road or sleek design lines all play to this word. Fortunately most of these options are available to us here in the Kingdom through the likes of Ahmed Zayani & Sons, National Motor Company and Almoayyed Motors. The Chevrolet Cruze, GMC Acadia, Ford Escape and Mondeo, Chrysler 300 or any number of Jeeps are frequently spotted around town. Of course, no mention of the American automobile industry could ever be complete without a reference to Harley-Davidson. This two-wheeler, more than anything else, is the epitome of the ‘American Dream’.

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US Ambassador's Reception HE Thomas Krajeski, US Ambassador, hosted a reception in celebration of Women’s History Month. The reception featured American astronaut Marsha Ivins who spoke about her experience working for NASA and her participation in five space missions. Senior government officials, diplomats, businessmen, Shura Council members, members of Parliament, academics, journalists and members of Bahrain Astronomical Society attended the reception

Fawzia, Marsha & Ahlam

Marsha Ivins & HE Thomas Krajeski

Naziha, Kari & Dina

Steve & Cynthia

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Judy, Scott & Christine


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Big and Bold There’s no mistaking American motor vehicles with their distinctive styling; sharp lines and full of muscle, they are built for the road.

Ford Mustang V8

The history of American cars reads more like a drama production at your local theatre, with its ups and downs, and usually at the extremes. Despite the ‘invasion’ of foreign imports from Europe and Asia in their home markets, classic American styling is still very much in evidence. Whether you fancy a Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep, you will be able to find a model that suits you, from a compact sedan to a muscle-busting 4x4. The oversized car body might have disappeared, but the familiar attributes demanded by the American public have not diminished through competition. If there is one word that sums

up an American motor it has to be ‘power’. Engines that can burn up the road or sleek design lines all play to this word. Fortunately most of these options are available to us here in the Kingdom through the likes of Ahmed Zayani & Sons, National Motor Company and Almoayyed Motors. The Chevrolet Cruze, GMC Acadia, Ford Escape and Mondeo, Chrysler 300 or any number of Jeeps are frequently spotted around town. Of course, no mention of the American automobile industry could ever be complete without a reference to Harley-Davidson. This two-wheeler, more than anything else, is the epitome of the ‘American Dream’.

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US Ambassador's Reception HE Thomas Krajeski, US Ambassador, hosted a reception in celebration of Women’s History Month. The reception featured American astronaut Marsha Ivins who spoke about her experience working for NASA and her participation in five space missions. Senior government officials, diplomats, businessmen, Shura Council members, members of Parliament, academics, journalists and members of Bahrain Astronomical Society attended the reception

Fawzia, Marsha & Ahlam

Marsha Ivins & HE Thomas Krajeski

Naziha, Kari & Dina

Steve & Cynthia

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Judy, Scott & Christine


ALMOAYYED MOTORS

A Cutting Edge Drive Featuring a refurbished interior, advanced technology and an unsurpassed fuel economy, the new Ford Edge 2012 is breaking all of the boundaries to be the best in its segment.

Style and technology continue to be the hallmarks of Ford’s Edge models. The midsize crossover range has taken the market by storm since 2006 and continues to raise the bar for competing manufacturers. The stylistically-changed exterior of the newest model, the Ford Edge 2012, is what will first grab your attention; there has been an obvious reworking of the entire front and back area of the vehicle. “The new grille is one of the major changes along with new LED light bars replacing the old fog lamps,” says general manager of Almoayyed Motors, Sandeep Mathur. Ford has also given the interior a complete makeover, meaning that the 2012 edition enjoys an upscale and comfortable look mostly due to the change in quality of material used. The refreshed edge possesses simplified controls via a debuting interfacing technology — MyFord Touch. “The driverconnecting technology provides an intuitive, easy-to-use system for accessing a multifunction colour display,” continues Mathur. “Using Bluetooth and touch screens to take the place of dozens of buttons and switches, the dash is left neat and clean. The system relies on voice or steering wheel button commands to drive secondary vehicle functions like navigation and climate control.” Quality has always been pinnacle with the Edge range of cars and decreasing both road and wind noise was a key area of

focus with the refreshed Edge. An extensive combination of changes, which includes a new and more absorptive sound pack throughout the interior as well as acoustic laminated glass, was made to reduce noise in the cabin. “Ford is also pulling out all the stops in an effort to go green. The Standard Edge boasts a 3.5-litre six cylinder engine and the Sport carries a 3.7-litre six cylinder engine both with excellent fuel economy. Each engine in the Edge line-up is mated to a fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission,” Mathur explains. “Also new for the Edge and essential in improving fuel economy are the 18-inch low-rolling-resistance tyres,” he adds. Safety is also key and a driving force behind the new model. A suite of innovative safety technologies are offered which, like the new model’s predecessor, is expected to earn a ‘top safety’ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In addition, the Edge features a solid uni-body construction, which provides an energy-absorbing structure to help protect occupants. “With more than 500,000 sold since its debut in late 2006, Ford Edge has been enthusiastically embraced by customers because of its unrivalled combination of smart technology, great driving experience, safety and outstanding fuel economy,” concludes Mathur. E Call 17 737-373.

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All-American Dining The whole world loves American food, so it’s no surprise that Bahrain is bursting with hoards of meaty menus, large portions and creamy shakes for us to indulge in.

You know you love American cuisine if; you love to stack your pancakes high, dig into a creamy bowl of macaroni and cheese or savour a crisp home-made apple pie. The variety is wide, the dishes are flavoursome and the tastes are memorable. Luckily for us, the Kingdom isn’t short on places to dine in such a way, each boasting a different menu and décor from the next. Juffair should be your primary destination for all things American. Here you will find Ric’s Kountry Kitchen, a wholesome Southern-style family restaurant with a huge daily range of steaks, burgers, ribs plus cuisine-specific theme nights and a legendary brunch. Bennigan’s is another key stop-off, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering casual dining with every dish imaginable, from starters and soups to crispy chicken wraps, succulent meats. Chili’s is another worldwide classic, famous for its South-west cuisine including addictive fajitas and nachos. The ever-so-cool international sensation Hard Rock Café gives you the ultimate experience in dining and music; soak in the ‘rocking’ ambiance whilst lapping up shakes, fries and deliciously juicy burgers. Elsewhere in the Kingdom, there is Johnny Rockets, located in both Seef and Amwaj Lagoon, presenting an authentic dinerstyle restaurant that will make you feel as if you are actually eating in America. A lighthearted atmosphere is combined with quality-beef burgers and much more. Ponderosa, also in Seef, is teeming with steaks of all varieties — perfect for meat lovers.

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Burgers, burgers, burgers Bahrain is also rich in burger choices, ideal for filling an empty belly or for grabbing on the go if you’re in a rush. The newest additions are Elevation Burger in Seef Mall, Fat Burger in Bahrain City Centre and EZ Take Out Burger in Juffair. If you have the time to sit down for dinner, pay a visit to Burger Wisconsin in Uptown Village on Budaiya Highway; it’s sophisticated, modern and the meat is cooked to perfection every time. Burger Lounge, located at The Lagoon Park on Amwaj Islands, is upscale and boasts chilled out music and a beautiful view while you munch. And of course there are the American unbeatable classics — McDonalds, Burger King, Burgerland and DQ Grill & Chill. All affordable with unfussy menus that remain relatively constant; so you know your favourite meal deal will still be available next time you’re in.


RIC’S KOUNTRY KITCHEN

A Home Away From Home Imagine a place that is friendly, fun and filling; one Juffair restaurant serves iconic American dishes that are at your beck and call enticing you to dig in and enjoy!

Ric’s Kountry Kitchen is an American Southern style family restaurant and lounge located in Juffair. Known to be one of the best American restaurants in the Middle East since 1997, the venue is designed to be “a home away from home.” The restaurant is divided into two floors. The décor has a country kitchen and western theme where you can relax and feel at home. The lounge plays both country and top tunes until closing. Breakfast starts at 5.30 am until closing; enjoy BBQ smoked baby back ribs that fall off the bone or indulge in burgers, sandwiches, steaks, brisket, pastrami, rib eye, T-bone and fillet. Buffets start at 6.00 pm with Southern fried chicken on Monday’s, Cajun seafood every Wednesday and Texas BBQ each Thursday. The brick oven pizza and calzones are one of the best in town and are guarenteed to keep you coming back for more, plus delivery to your door is free. Upstairs, executive Chef Rolando has a menu that presents his culinary artistry from around the world, including Italian and Mexican buffets with live cooking. Wednesday boasts a buffet with certified Black Angus USDA prime ribs and the renowned Friday brunch features everything from breakfast and prime rib to sushi, in addition to unlimited selected alcoholic beverages. The brunch is BD14 for U.S military with ID and the attentive staff will ensure that everyone makes it back safely with complimentary rides to your home or to NSA base. The hospitality at Ric’s Kountry Kitchen makes the venue truly what it is; a home away from home. E Call 17 725-550.

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More Toppings, More Flavour

Santa Fe fajitas

Say hello to loaded fajitas. This is what they mean when they say, ‘the more; the merrier’. Be prepared for tastes that are way over the top.

Once you sit down to a heaping platter of Chili’s all new loaded fajitas, you cannot settle for anything less. They have really piled on the toppings and, with it, the flavour to a whole new level. Saddle up onto the tender cowboy steak fajitas. This features tender, grilled peppercorn steak drizzled with ancho-ranch dressing and topped with crispy jalapeños and onion strings. At BD5.900, this is served with a side of barbeque sauce. If the Wild West is your forte, you can also choose to head southwest with the Santa Fe fajitas at the same price. In this meal, you will dig a fork into peppercorn-seasoned chicken or beef with roasted cherry tomatoes, smoked corn salsa and fresh avocado. Offering an interesting twist is the tomato-basil vinaigrette that comes on the side. Joining the fiesta is the steakhouse BLT fajita. These have their share of peppercorn steak and roasted cherry tomatoes as well. What adds to the fun is the inclusion of baby arugula and chopped bacon which sets your palate on a rollercoaster ride. Served with grilled onions and bell peppers, this dish that is drizzled with anchochipotle sauce comes with a side of dijon aioli. No food festival is complete without its dose of seafood. Try out the south-west shrimp dip which looks as appetising as it sounds. Expect a creamy spinach dip with artichokes and southwest seasoned shrimp served with seasoned pita wedges in this order. If you have the stomach for some more of these exquisite fajitas, try out the original recipes of classic or mushroom jack before you leave the venue.

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Wait till you taste what Chili’s has cooked up for you this month. They promise to win all those who are fans of the popular grilled dish. Those who are new to the amazing world of fajitas ought to choose this American diner to find out what the fuss is all about. These aren’t the only new items on the menu. Wind up your lavish meal with their superb fried cheesecake. This rich cheesecake is fried till golden brown and served with caramel and chocolate sauce as well as vanilla ice-cream on top of it all. Lose yourself in one bite of whatever this all-time favourite restaurant has to offer. E Call 17 506-070 or 17 581-221.

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Ford Focus Launch Almoayyed Motors sole distributors of Ford automobiles in the kingdom unveiled the new Ford Focus at Bahrain City Centre last month. Almoayyed Motors Ford general manager Sandeep Mathur and Ford Middle East representatives from Dubai, Nikhil Gopalan and Philip Chancellor, were present at the launch The all-new Ford Focus

The all-new Ford Focus unveiled

Sreedhar & Sandeep Mario, Philip & Nikhil

Sreekumar & Esky

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Dharmesh & Gurdeep

Declan McCluskey, Mohammed & Sandeep Mathur

Rohit

Hussain

Lucy

Susan

Ashfaque

Nathalia


Italian Bahraini Friendship Association Dinner Reception The Italian Bahraini Friendship Association (IBFA) hosted a dinner for members and guests at Silks Restaurant, The Mรถvenpick Hotel Bahrain last month

Ahmed Jawahery & Filippo Fantechi

Roya, Homa, Maha, Sameera, Noorial & Dr Jihan

Mohammed & Katiuscia

Mantana & Luca

Milena Padula

Shaker, Grame, Maggie, Amal, Tony, Andrea & Heinz

Homa, Dr Jihan, Dr Dhafer Al Umran, Cristina & Felipe

Cristina & Osama

Sabrina & Fabio

Fatima

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Henry's 6th Birthday Party Henry celebrated his 6th birthday with parents Bless & David, brother James and a number of his friends at Magic Planet, Bahrain City Centre last month

David, James, Henry & Bless

Henry & Ridha

Bless & Riley

Elena, Lily, Cess, Bless, Jane, Myla & Tess

Ramadan at The Diplomat

Henry gets ready to cut his cake

Marlene, Lou & Christina

Sofia, Marlene & Isabela

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Nissan Micra Launch Y K Almoayyed and Sons, sole distributors of Nissan vehicles in the kingdom launched the new Nissan Micra hatchback in a spectrum of colours at Seef Mall. The event, staged at the Chili's car park, featured a colourful laser music show and live DJ, and was attended by guests and visitors

Mohanty, Rohit Kapur, Gurdeep Singh & Jayen

Bobby, Genevieve, Tricia, Lubna & Puja

The all-new Nissan Micra

Sandeep Mathur, Liam, Declan McCluskey & Ashfaque

Meenakshi & Sandeep

Hussain & Charlie

Mariam, Hiba, Amna & Mawahib

Scott & Simon

Tareq & Julia

Genevieve & Laylin

Rahat

Khalid & Shafeeqa

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Bridgestone Road Safety Event Launch Bridgestone Middle East & Africa FZE officially launched the Bridgestone ‘Tyre Safety and Eco Station’ (TSES). The campaign, which is stopping for the first time in Bahrain during its GCC roadshow, aims to lower levels of road accidents in the region through education and awareness on correct tyre care and maintenance was held at the Bahrain City Centre. The station was opened by AJM Kooheji Group director Saleem Kooheji, senior general manager Vineet Mathur and Bridgestone Middle East and Africa general manager C. K. Prasad

Saleem Kooheji onens the station watched by Vineet mathur, C.K. Prasad & officials

Saleem Kooheji with Bridgestone officials and representatives from the General Directorate of Traffic

Najeeb, Abdulla, Mastan & Abdulla

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Roland Khoury, Vineet Mathur & Kaizad Sanjana

Amit & Renzo

Sonali


Bahraini-French Business Club Dinner The Bahraini-French Business Club hosted a dinner for members and guests at the Golden Tulip last month. The guest speaker at the event was HE Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, CEO of Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) who spoke about 'Bahrain Formula 1 April 2012'

Rodolphe, Abdul Hameed, HE Shaikh Salman & Khalid

Betsy, David & Martin

Jalil & Noeleen

Mina, Raymond, Kiki & Ashraf

Laurence

Damien, Jean-Christophe & Philippe

Sharif Ahmadi

Mandeep, HE Shaikh Salman & David

Philippe, Abdul Hameed & Abdulla Juma

Michel & Bridgette

Waleed Sharif

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Poullaides Construction 10th Anniversary The management of Poullaides Construction Company hosted a reception to celebrate the company's 10th anniversary. The event was held at the Crowne Plaza's Bahrain Conference Centre last month

Andreas, Maria, Harris, Nayia & Chris

Nayia & Chris Poullaides, HE Dr Sadiq Al Shehabi, Health Minister & Ebrahim Al Kooheji

HE Abdul Nabi Al Sho'ala with Mala & HE Mohan Kumar, Indian Ambassador

Khalil Zaman, Jalil Al Ansari, Abdulla Juma, Mohammed Salahuddin & Abdulrahman Fakhro

Ali & Abdulla

Nayia & Chris Poullaides with Shaikh Hamad Al Khalifa

Gernot Taufmann, Jalil Al Ansari & HE Sabine Taufmann, German Ambassador

Rodolphe, Hisham & Dr Michel

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AMH Walkathon A large number of people walked for a first charity colon cancer walkathon organised by the American Mission Hospital (AMH) under the theme "A healthy awareness campaign on Helping People Battle Colon Cancer". The event was held under the patronage of HE Dr Sadiq Al Shehabi, Health Minister, at Dohat Arad walkway, Muharraq

Mohammed, HE Dr Sadiq Al Shehabi, Khalid, Adnan & Hossam

Godwin, Ahmed & Behnaz

Yousif, Sakran, Don, Rashid & Hitender

Fatima, Safa & Arra

Kui, Wendy, Peter & Rod

Dr George Cheriyan & HE Dr Sadiq Al Shehabi

Marwa & Sakina

Sumati & Dr Sanjay

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Maz Jobrani Live International comedian Maz Jobrani took the stage at the Gulf Hotel's Convention Center much to the delight of hundreds of fans at the Stand-up Comedy Show organised by Punchline Media Company. Bahrain-based comedian and Radio Bahrain DJ Imran Al Aradi opened the show

Maz Jobrani

Fahad & Tariq

Marina & Mariyam

DJ Outlaw, Khalid, Sam & Baraa

Leena, Nadine & Reema

Megha & Nitin

Mai & Sarah

Noof, Fahad & Muneer

Noor & Nawaf

Fatima & Dr Yousif

Olfa & Nada

Lamees & Amal

Fatima & Hassan

Maysam, Rawia, Luma, Maha & Maryam

Marwa, Weyan, Abdulla & Ali

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Zainab & Imran

Maha, Mona & Huda

Shaun & Sam

Hussain, Sausan, Marwa & Luma

Ali, Luay, Mazen & Ghassan

Dr Kalyan & Shoba

Amir, Anita & Nadia

Farah & Ala

Iro & Fay


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Coachella

Did You See That? Elma Bartholomew There are some live gigs that make you think twice if the tickets are worth it, and then there are others which simply make you think twice. Coachella every year brings something for every music fan to brag or carp about. But if you were expecting mixed opinions about the 2012 leg of the event, they would be disappointed. There was one show that stole the masses; in fact, it stunned them. For those of you who remain uninitiated to this extravagant yearly fiesta, The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual three-day music and arts event. It features all sorts of music genres with up-and-coming musicians from around the world performing on several stages or tents set-up throughout the grounds. Organised by Goldenvoice, this festival is known for its cutting-edge line-up and occasional reunion performances. But this year round, nothing mattered to fanatics more than the return of Tupac Shakur. No, I haven’t lost my mind; although most people at the live gig might have needed a psychiatrist to confirm their sanity. Making an appearance 15 years after his demise was the late rapper, in the form of a hologram. He greeted the shocked-beyond-repair crowds, after addressing fellow performers, “What up Dre? What up Snoop?” He then broke into song giving the audience what they wanted, a flawless rendition of his classic hit, Hail Mary. He wasn’t the only one calling out to the gods, I’m sure. Also this month

And just as he’d appeared, Pac simply vanished into thin air after his collaboration with Snoop Dogg leaving screaming fans both mesmerised and confused. Technology helped Dr Dre bring back ghostly versions of Come with Me and Gangsta Party before the rap mogul made his unrealistic exit. As breathtaking as the show might have been, we will have to agree that it was an eerie affair. It was later revealed that the I Need a Doctor star had gotten permission to create this act from Tupac’s mother well in advance. And now I really do believe he needs a doctor. Personally, I wouldn’t appreciate seeing anyone close to me rise from the dead and definitely not to such a realistic effect. It’s the easiest recipe to insanity no matter how long it has been since I got over the incident. I would love to find a video of people’s puzzled reaction from the moment he spoke into the microphone and after. Above all else, this short performance left a lot of conversation topics for people everywhere from guessing which legend is up next to if there will be a tour with the hologram. Names like John Lennon, Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix were remembered. However, I would believe that true fans of these celebrated musicians would find it rather blasphemous if they found their likenesses to be used in such a manner. To have tribute acts is one thing; to resurrect another. It was not only a difficult setting for his near and dear. To me, this was a large-scale depiction of bad taste.

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Style meets comfort

Designed with Reebok’s advanced sportswear performance technologies and fused with the style and sophistication of luxury fashion designer, Giorgio Armani, EA7 provides the ultimate activewear for the sporting enthusiast.

Office on your phone Nokia announced the availability of Office Mobile apps from Microsoft Office. You now have one more reason to stay away from your office desk. Get your update; get working.

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All Jokes, All Facts Our gizmo frenzy has reached a new high this month as we stumble upon a bunch of wonky gadgets that are not only creative but quite useful. Have a look.

Bye bye, barista! Before we walk you through our annual café review, we think you caffeine junkies should have a look at our fetch of the month. A perfect solution for those of you who need an espresso on the go, Handpresso Auto is a handheld espresso machine that only needs power from your car’s cigarette socket to run.

It’s about time G

A quick glance at your watch is no longer enough to figure out what time it is. The Keypad Hidden Time watch gives you the illusion that you own time. This attention-seeker is, however, only a button away from spilling the beans.

That’s the point H

Editor's pick!

There really isn’t much that you can’t do with an iPhone. Tangram Design Lab adds to its benefits with the Smart Dot presentation laser pointer. Leave those heavy laptops behind and conduct brilliant presentations like those ideas are simply off the top of your head.

E Watch your weight

Not all of us can afford the Nike Fuelband. That doesn’t need to stop us from having the same experience. The Fitbit Ultra tracks your daily activity — your steps, sleep, meals and workouts. You can share your progress and integrate it with other apps.

Get smart H

Can’t find your droid? It doesn’t matter. Stay connected to your phone via Bluetooth with Sony’s SmartWatch. Read texts, emails and manage calls if you will. Who wouldn’t want to feel a little like a spy or superhero?

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Untangle that mess F

We’ve got holograms of dead people performing live on stage, but mankind hasn’t solved the mystery of how perfectly rolled up earphones come out of your pocket like someone played a prank on you. The Cordcruncher gives you the gift of tangle-free wires.

E Cut it out

You know how much we raved about the attachable lenses. Now we’ve got enough equipment for a movie crew with the introduction of the iPhone boom mic. Cut off all that annoying background noise in your video recordings.

A rap across the knuckles F

Are you tired of what people have to say about your gadget preferences? Here’s a crazy way to get them off your back. We’ve got to warn you though; the iPhone knuckle case might look meaner than it actually is.

Bells and whistles G

Get your guests dancing before they even enter your house party with the MP3 DJ doorbell from Swann. With a capacity of storing up to 32GB of music, this kit comes with the option of editing songs to a few seconds to fit a doorbell chime.

E A secret passage

Any music lover who has been jamming in the garage has faced the trauma of running out of cold beverages. With the new Marshall Amp fridge said to release this October, those soda thieves will never know what hit them.

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downtimeyoungachiever Karima Sharabi

Sophisticate the Simple ELMA BARTHOLOMEW She might not look like Bahrain’s own, but her works of art prove otherwise. Find out what the eldest of three really talented sisters told us as she joined us for a cup of coffee.

Born in New Jersey, USA to an American mother and a Palestinian father, Karima Sharabi was raised in Bahrain, providing her with a solid artistic foundation upon which she was able to build her creative skills. It instilled in her a tolerance for divergent beliefs and backgrounds. The existence of differences in her life doesn’t end there. Studying at Parsons School of Art and Design in New York should have brought her naturally to the field that she is now revelling in. However, this artist set off to a tangent and graduated with a degree in political science from Montreal. A glance at her work and you will notice that the underlying theme in any of her pieces is the beauty that she finds in disparity. Her style Karima describes her work as ‘glorification of the mundane’ whereby she merges a vivid, and at times neon colour scheme with rather ordinary subject matter, often portraits of ordinary people doing ordinary things. In doing so, she elevates the action of the individual and the individual himself. “I have always been fascinated by the portrait-work of artists like Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin who employ seemingly unnatural colours to mould the faces of their subjects,” she explains. “I really like the bright, lively colours as well as the socio-political subject matter of pop artists like Andy Warhol

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and Robert Rauschenberg. Their works gave me the impetus to elevate the everyday ordinary acts of eating and drinking.” According to her, this style of refining the ordinary changes the significance of the subject or object and the painting takes on a new and more representational meaning. Recently, her work has touched on socio-political issues as well. This, combined with her vivid colour scheme has resulted in pieces that often appear dreamlike and imaginary, as if we are viewing the subject by staring through a colour augmenting lens, a peculiar reminder of our tainted sense of perception. Worthy of note Her exhibition at the World Beat Café in 2010 was more than just successful. But she was most recently noted for her depiction of Ravi Kumar, a construction worker in Bahrain. Often disregarded in our society, labourers typically live dreary lives. Literally highlighting Ravi with washes of neon pink, Karima forces the viewer to notice him. This self-taught passionate artist takes inspiration from everything and everyone around her, especially if it has got something to do with everyday life. For instance, she reveals her choice of colours is a reflection of those on her children’s toys. To aspiring artists, Karima admits the key to staying inspired is to turn any feedback into positive criticism.


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Drifting Through Time Listening to music shouldn’t feel like a chore. However, this time around it did, except for a perfect summer release by a band we thought were long gone. Jason Mraz doesn’t fail us either.

Jason Mraz

Love is a Four Letter Word

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WHAT’S THE STORY? One might think that

after calling off his engagement with fellow singer-songwriter Tristan Prettyman, Jason Mraz could have fallen so out of love that there stood no chance for any more romantic vibes in his music. He, however, blows that assumption away in the first track of the album where he starts off singing, “I picture something; it’s beautiful; it’s full of life.” Four years after his worldwide hit, I’m Yours, this artist proves his lyrical genius song after song. The title speaks for itself — it’s all about love.

WORTH A LISTEN?

Mraz is known for his happy sing-along style of music. Expect nothing different in this album. It’s not just about romance, though. It’s about friendship and familial bonds as well. This is definitely the best choice for those in the mood for some jazzy tunes. The crooner wins you over with his silky, lilting voice and he is always at his best with his guitar. In his fourth studio release, you can see a shift from the usual folk-pop genre to something more reggae. If it’s even possible, he has added more world-music notes to each track.

VERDICT: His voice has a natural lounge vibe to it. The album is pure delight.

TOP TRACKS: 93 Million Miles, Everything is Sound, and Frank D Fixer. Paul Van Dyk

Evolution

There’s just been so many synthetic sounds passing off as music in the last halfdecade that if you aren’t used to it by now, you’re just never going to like it. The German DJ-producer, as the title suggests, attempts to create a progression through this release. It isn’t just whooshing beats any more. He’s thrown in an ample amount of catchy vocal hooks to make it more listener-friendly. And yet, with such a lack of focus, you’ll

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Train

California 37

We’ve found the perfect number for those upcoming road trips. In their sixth studio album, the trio proves to those who thought the Train would stop rolling that they’ve got more tricks in the bag.

Killing Joke

MMXII

A journey back to the ‘80s is what is expected of these British punk heroes. However, what we did not expect was MMXII to be a recap of all their works so far in terms of style and feel.


Photography Exhibition from the book “BetweenTwoSeas” by

Andrew Weaver


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It’s a little funny how two-dimensional games have won our hearts this time around. Also, we tell you why you shouldn’t invest in Kinect: Star Wars.

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Kinect: Star Wars (Xbox 360) RATING:

WHAT IS IT?

Unleash your inner Jedi or Rancor monster with no controller in the way in Kinect: Star Wars which puts you in the parallel universe. The LucasArts and Microsoft Studios collaboration game features five modes — Jedi Destiny: Dark Side Rising, the story mode; Duels of Fate, where you have lightsaber duels; Podracing, racing mode; Galactic Dance Off, (believe it or not) dance mode; and Rancor Rampage, where you crush buildings and fling innocent civilians.

Street Fighter X Tekken (PS3) There isn’t much variation you can expect in a 2D fighting game. This one is most similar to Street Fighter IV. Character animation isn’t too great, especially with the Tekken ones. For those used to Marvel vs Capcom or Mortal Kombat, you might find this a little slow.

GRAPHICS:

If you didn’t get this game for the lightsaber madness, we’ll have to question your sanity. However, Kinect: Star Wars played it wrong by messing up what is to be its highlight. The duels are not quite real time. If it’s supposed to be a turn-based battle, it really isn’t a battle then, is it? If you were hoping for the elegant clash of a Jedi, steer clear of this game. You’ll be slashing enemies like Kratos does in the God of War series, only it looks a lot sillier.

GAMEPLAY:

There was a point in the pre-production phase where they thought it would be a brilliant idea to throw in a dance mode in a Star Wars game. Sacrilege is an understatement. Steering clear of that phase will give you enough practice at the racing mode which is actually quite fun, at least for fans of the franchise and not those who are used to their Ferraris and McLarens. Leave the rampage mode for those days where you can’t find a way to blow off some steam.

VERDICT: This is what they mean by the term ‘fizzle’. If you are a fan, walk away now.

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Rayman Origins (PC) It’s amazing to have a game back in the industry that recaptures the magic that was lost in the last few years. Bringing back the innocence to gaming where fun doesn’t involve bloodshed and pain, Rayman Origins is an instant hit and a favourite worldwide.


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We Bought a Zoo RATING: DIRECTED BY: Cameron Crowe STARRING: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson

THE PLOT:

Benjamin (Damon) has lost his wife. In a bid to start his life over, he purchases a large house that has a zoo. This is welcome news for his daughter, but his son is not happy about it. The zoo is in need of renovation and Benjamin sets about the work with the head keeper, Kelly (Johansson), and the rest of the staff. But, they soon run into financial trouble. The staff must get the zoo back to its former glory.

WORTH WATCHING? There is nothing complicated about

this family entertainer. There’s no racket, no unrealistic add-ons, and definitely no painful melodrama. It is what we would like to call a ‘lazy afternoon movie’. This easy-watch leaves you feeling happy and warm. Damon does a good job portraying the worries of a widowed father. It shows how simple mankind really is and how anything in life is only as complicated as we want it to be. In 124 minutes, you will have all the optimism you need to last you a lifetime. It’s an extraordinary tale of a simple family.

VERDICT: This film is beautiful from start to finish.

War Horse A lot of people missed this one in the cinemas because they assumed it’s another uplifting story about a boy and his pet horse. This, in reality, is only a small part of what is one of the most realistic and harrowing depictions of war in a film.

11.11.11 The beauty of a horror-thriller lies in how engaging it is. 11.11.11 fails here by creating suspense more for the protagonist than for the audience. And if you are detached from a film, it clearly isn’t as engrossing as you’d hope. You can leave this behind.

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A Leap of Faith We can’t have enough of inspiring websites and Lost at E Minor has caught our attention this month. We warn you; you’ll be hooked.

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A fairly new website that everyone is talking about is zenpencils.com. It’s a cartoon adaptation of inspirational quotes by famous people. Updating the comic blog twice a week is freelance illustrator Gavin Aung Than from Australia. You can expect anything and everything here. From poets to presidents, comedians to colonels, he features anyone who inspires, challenges your way of thinking, wakes you up or just makes you laugh. The idea is to take these inspiring quotes and combine them with his love of drawing and sharing them with his followers.

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WHAT IS IT?

Lost at E Minor is an online publication of inspiring art, design, music, photography and pop culture [DASH] low brow sensibilities mashed with high brow movements. The site was founded in 2005 by brothers Zolton and Zac Zavos, who are also behind the Australian sports opinion website, The Roar. The site is compiled by a worldwide team of writers along with occasional guest contributors such as Shepard Fairey and Ron English. It has even been recognised by worldwide CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi, Kevin Roberts.

THE GOOD: They don’t stop at sharing. This team also offers consulting services.

They work with brands, publishers and agencies to develop strong content, engaging social media campaigns, and well designed websites. Talk to them about partnering up on your web projects. What’s even better is they tap your need to give back to the community. Join them to make a difference. And if you’re lucky enough, you can win prizes from all over the world.

THE BAD:

Sure, they have their content organised in fifteen separate sections. However, there’s just so much going on one page that, as engrossing as they may be individually, it makes it a lot harder for people to be focus on a single thing. There’s so much happening you are excited, but you don’t know what you’re so pumped up about. It also tempts the shopaholic in you, now with free shipping worldwide.

VERDICT: It’s more than just a way to kill time. Stay inspired; stay creative.

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Urbanautica.com Now with Instagram available for Androids as well, we are bombarded with photographs that, most of the time, aren’t so good and, sometimes, we don’t want to see. But here’s a website that’s keeping things real. Urbanautica is a web independent journal dedicated primarily to contemporary landscape photography. They introduce new works or new talented photographers that research the urban environment and portray their findings to the world in pictures. See the world differently.


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The Hunger Games RATING: DIRECTED BY: Gary Ross STARRING: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson,

THE PLOT: In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is

divided between 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors. When her sister is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place promising to win so she can come home.

WORTH WATCHING?

This is one of those movies where you’re left screaming, “Are you kidding me?” You’re never sure what to feel about this one. You’ll leave the cinema hall with the zonked feeling you might get if you just got out of a spinning dryer. The only reason people should admit they find this movie amazing is if they are aye-men with no opinion of their own. We felt violated; we hope you don’t have to. It’s just blank and boring to the last second.

VERDICT: Choose the book. It might stand a chance as compared to the movie.

Wrath of the Titans Is it worth watching in 3D? Definitely. Is it worth watching? Not so much. There isn’t so much ‘wrath’ as the title gives away. There was zero passion for a mission that seemed silly and worthless. With this series, it is a sort of addiction. You know it’s going to be bad, but you watch it anyway.

Mirror Mirror We should have listened when people warned us against this one. And suffer we did for doing otherwise. If you had a checklist to review this one, there’d be crosses all over the place. It lacks a strong plot. The jokes are flying all over the place. Julia Roberts should just not have done this to herself.

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Jonah Hex The flawed gunman and part-time bounty hunter has stepped out of the pages of the legendary comics and graphic novels and is ready once again to battle his demons and face the deadly Turnbull. Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin) is on his biggest adventure yet. Having brushed with death and being badly scarred will not stop him as he attempts his task; to kill his oldest enemy, Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich). He is only too pleased to do this, but it’s not going to be easy. Turnbull has the same idea and will not stop until Hex is dead!

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Desperate Housewives Welcome to Desperate Housewives, where catfights, seduction and murder are all part of the average day. The show that took the world by storm has spent eight seasons engaging millions with its steamy tales of supposedly mild-mannered suburbanites. This month sees the curtains drawing on Lynette, Gabrielle, Susan and Bree as the series finally comes to a close. The stakes for everyone on Wisteria Lane are at an all-time high in the final episodes which revolve around the ladies coming together to cover-up the murder of Gabrielle’s abusive stepfather. Don’t miss the final climactic moments of the show as the beautiful, glamorous housewives wave goodbye to the drama and hysteria of Wisteria Lane to see if they really can live ‘happily ever after’?

WHEN? OSN Cinema, May 27

Your Highness

WHEN? Starts May 1 on OSN First HD/OSN First

WHEN? Starts May 25 on OSN First HD/OSN First

WHEN? Starts May 7 on Animal Planet

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Jane by Design

Great Animal Escapes

The paranormal thriller follows the story of world-famous wildlife expert and TV personality Doctor Emmet Cole, host of the beloved series The Undiscovered Country. After Cole goes missing deep in the Amazon, his family, friends and crew set out on a mysterious and deadly journey to find him.

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Sixteen year-old Jane lands a job at a hip retail company. When mistaken for an adult, Jane soon finds herself juggling life as a regular teenager in high school and as an assistant to a high-powered executive in the cut-throat world of fashion, all while trying to keep her true identity a secret.

Every day across the globe, determined animals are finding ever more ingenious and extraordinary ways to break out of captivity. Featuring unique and jaw-dropping footage, the exciting new series Great Animal Escapes catches them in the act.

Thor

Get high and mighty with Danny McBride, James Franco and Natalie Portman in Your Highness, the epic and hilarious action-comedy from the director of Pineapple Express. Two royal princes, slacker Thadeous and the noble Fabious, join with an elusive warrior on a quest to free a princess from an evil wizard.

The world has many heroes, but only one god. When the arrogant warrior Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is banished to Earth from his home world of Asgard, he must fight to reclaim his lost powers. Pursued by an invasion force sent to destroy him, the fallen God of Thunder must rise to the battle and learn what it takes to become a true hero.

WHEN? OSN Cinema/OSN Movies HD, May 23

WHEN? OSN Premier, OSN Movies, May 4


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Bangladesh National Day Celebrations HE Mohammed Ali Akbar, Bangladeshi Ambassador & his wife Nasreen Akbar hosted a reception hosted a reception to mark the Independence & National Day of Bangladesh. The event was attended by HE Abdulla Abdullatif, Foreign Ministry Under-Secretary of Foreign Affairs, diplomats & VIP guests and was held at the InterContinental Regency Bahrain's Al Riffa Ballroom

Nadia, Ibrahim, Shanjida, Mehdi Hassan, Nasreen Akbar & HE Mohammed Ali Akbar

HE Mohammed Ali Akbar & HE Abdulla Abdullatif with members of the diplomatic corps at the cake cutting

Sukma, Tomoko, Rashida, Mala, Rosita & Nor

Nadeem, Janet & Jack

Nabeel Ajoor & Ahmed Jawahery

Abdulla, Iqbal & Kabez

Dr Dhafer Al Umran

Salma & Nasreen

Khalifa Rumaihi

Ibrahim & Thatree

Shanjida, Sageeta, Furiel, Lima, Ruksana, Rosy, Nahid, Emily, Yasmin, Suraiya, Samrina & Soniha

Faisal, Mobin & Tariq

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Dr Gurpreet & Dr Ravi Preet Singh

Vineet & Seema

Stephanie & Rupert

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Food & Hospitality Expo 2012 Opening Ceremony Under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Prime Minister, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the fourth Food & Hospitality Expo was held at the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre last month. The exhibition was opened by HE Dr Hassan Fakhro, Industry and Commerce Minister, in the presence of HE Dr Sadiq Al Shahabi, Health Minister & officials. Later, HE the Health Minister, accompanied by Dr Fakhro, opened the Second Health and Wellness Expo, at the BIEC

HE Dr Sadiq Al Shehabi & HE Dr Hassan Fakhro open the expo

Hamza, Christa, Cyril, Mohammed & Diana

Lynette, Aqsa & Nabeela

Chloe, Giordano, Joey & Melody

Abdulrahman, Santosh, Mehmet & Ibrahim

Dalal, Haneen, Sharifa, Abeer & Lulwa

Ebrahim, Heinz & Pascal

Waji & Hussain

Kate & Mayukh

Arun & Thomas

Aimee & Cristalyn

Wadiwalla, Damian, Prakash & Faris

Sarosh, Kaizad, Gopal & Fatima

Dr Munem, Nasser & Tamara

Indu

Salma & Sara

Zainab & Anu

Maya, Habiba & Smirti

Hameed, Julia & Dr Ameer

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Bahrain Roadrunners Olympic Triathlon The Bahrain Roadrunners held its Olympic Triathlon at the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa last month. The event featured a 1.5km swim followed 40-km of cycling and a 10-km run for individuals and teams of two or three. The prizes courtesy of Sofitel were distributed to all the winners at a special ceremony held at the hotel

Hamed with Christophe Sargis

Dana, Moosa, Najla & Dina

William, Toby & Angus

Ashley & Manny

Abdul Basit, Omar, Sawab, Jawahar & Abdulla

Katherine & Noah

Aziz, Christina, Mustafa & Idris

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Hassan, Bert Plas, Saqer Al Khalifa, Abbas, Tariq & Mohammed

Hassan & Ahmed

Hannah & Kanako

Gavin & Jackie

Debbie & Hassan

Natasha, Tim & Shelley

Venessa & Lucy

Fahad & Mijhim

Michele

Aiden & Darrell

Alec

Hussain

Abbas & Mustafa

Gaetan

Doug & Mary Kay

Julia, Tim, Diane & Holly with their dog


Bahrain Raft Race For Charity 2012 The 36th annual Charity Raft Race organised by the Rotary Club of Salmaniya was held at the Al Bander Hotel & Resort, Sitra. Thirty-two teams took part in the event which raised over BD26,000. Aluminium Bahrain (Alba I) won top spot in the men's competition at the charity event, which aimed to raise funds for Bahrain's fight against sickle cell disease

Rotary Club of Salmaniya members

Sherif, Ahmed & Mohammed

Bahrain City Centre team

Fatima, Laura, Fouzia, Fay & Zainab

Nada & Patric

Isabelle, Denise & Michel

Rodolphe & Ron

Yousif & Steve

Reem & Yasmeen

Ahmed & Dani

Travis, Anita & Rajan

Karim & Jano

Abdulla, Khalid, Sebahat, Nada, Michel & kids

Waleed Kanoo

Anisa, Fiza & Tasmin

Anna, Joeig & Angela

Salman

Zuhair

Olivier & Rajan

Anita & Jules

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The Al Ghalia team in action

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Dinner In Honour Of Kapil Dev Members of the Bahrain India Society hosted renowned Indian cricketer Kapil Dev Nikhanj at its monthly social gathering last month. The dinner reception was held at the Elite Crystal Hotel, Juffair and was attended by HE Mohan Kumar, Indian Ambassador, dignitaries, society members and guests

Kapil Dev, HE Mohan Kumar & Dr Dhafer Al Umran

HE Mohan Kumar, Kapil Dev & Mohammed Dadabhai

Kapil Dev with Vijay Boloor and guests

Nijad, Frank & Zohair

Sejal, Falguni & Himanshu

Parakshit, Vijay & Santosh

Parul & Kumkum

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Ruchika, Shalini & Carol

Kapil Dev & Khalid Al Zayani

Anil & Alok

Anoop, Mahindra, Soushil & Ramesh

Pereira & Ramesh

Vinod & Malvika

Anil & Karina

Prasad, Dr Ram & Sanjeev

Ajith & Radhakrishnan

Jude, Paul & Madan

Deepa & Chandrashekar

Raj & Sushil


George & Georgia Williams Joint Birthday Party George & Georgia Williams celebrated their birthday's with a party at the Williams residence in Aali last month

David & Roula

Kaci & Mark

Carol & John

Immye & Kate

Sorrell & Meave

Georgia, George, Barbara & Scarlett Williams

Hamish, Georgia, Gabby & Christina

Robert, Anwar Abdulrahman, Barbie, George & Georgia

Wendy & Susan

Steve, Anna Mary, Ann & Rory

Yvonne, Anwar & Khalid

Joan, Joyce, Sharon & Bill

Nader, Kristy, Georgia & Barbie

Didine & Yvonne

Nigel, John, Iain & Liz

Kathryn, Stan & Tanya

John

Lesley & Kevin

Sara, Barry & Carol

Stan, Reg & Mike

John

Robert & Nicolas

Geoff

Lynne

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Crowne Plaza Staff Party Crowne Plaza Bahrain held a 'Around the World' theme staff party at the hotel's Bahrain Conference Centre. The party held last month was attended by Pascal Eggerstedt, general manager and senior management

Ebrahim Al Kooheji, Cathy, Pascal Eggerstedt & Ruth

Jasmine, Blenda, Sheila & Eric

Suad, Alena, Abha, Ebrahim, Anu, Sneha & Sameera with kids

Ruth, Abha, Rebecca, Ehab, Catherine, Marivic & Daniela

Sammy, Rajesh, Prajeesh, Bineesh, Muthu & Aaru

Marivic, Ashwini, Ebrahim, Cathy, Pascal & Manvi

Andrea, Ellen & Josel

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Abhinav, Biju & Jaya

Elviera, Lewis & Pascal

Lea, Sol, Ameen & Andrea

Rebecca & Biju

Sneha, Alena & Anu

Sol, Marwan & Melva

Jonel, Rafael & Amr

Christy & Ehab

Saravanan & family

Jaffar, Ali & Binod

Majeed & Ebrahim

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Pacific Princess Docks In Bahrain The US-registered Pacific Princess, carrying 700 passengers, arrived at the Khalifa Bin Salman Port for the first time last month. The passengers and crew were greeted by Al Sharif Group assistant shipping manager Hassan Al Sharif, officials from the Culture Ministry, members of the media and guests

Captain Andrea & Hassan Al Sharif

Captain Andrea & Rear Admiral Kevin Scott

James & Kim

The Pacific Princess docked

Issa, Captain Andrea & Abdulaziz

Kathrina, Chris & Minette

Captain Andrea & Marco

Yaqoob, Adel, George & Michel

Goran, Bayan & Mariam

Puja, Colette & Abdulla

Officials and crew on board the cruise ship

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Mercedes Benz M-Class Launch Al Haddad Motors, sole distributors of Mercedes Benz vehicles in the Kingdom of Bahrain held an open day to launch the all-new Mercedes Benz M-Class. The event featured a range of fun activities including a bouncy castle, a drawing competition with a raffle draw, X-box games, popular children’s characters and a clown making balloon animals and visitors were invited to test drive the new M-Class

Imran & Mark

The all-new Mercedes M-Class

Eman, Dalal & Edyta

Ebrahim & Mohammed

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Prasanna, Collin & Kaizad

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Aggressive Styling The new Genesis Coupé takes design to the next level; advanced interiors, technologies and luxuries combine to create a car that stands out in more ways than one. Test drives have commenced as Hyundai launches the new Genesis Coupé in the Middle East, a 2013 year model that reveals a more aggressive design, coupled with serious performance. The model sports a more defined styling, complemented by improved interior materials and design. It is incredibly striking, with a redesigned front fascia, grille, headlights, LED daytime running lights, fog lights and hood with heat extractor cues. The side view reveals new 18-inch alloy wheel designs with deeper dimensional sculpting. “The fluid sculpture of the design lines are evident as they are integrated into a new front bumper and hood, giving a far sportier look than its previous form,” says Tom Lee, managing director of Hyundai Middle East. “This new model is in

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showrooms now and is an excellent example of Hyundai’s luxury model offering. The previous model it replaces won accolades all over the world so we have high hopes for the new version here,” he continues. The traditional rear-drive sport coupé proportions remain, with a long wheelbase and short front and rear overhangs producing a classic wedge-like profile. The coupé’s bodyside character line is an innovative ‘Z’-shaped design and enlarged openings in the front fascia allow for better engine breathing. Dual asymmetrical exhaust tips integrated with the blackout rear diffuser treatment complete the performance message from the rear. The coupé is available with two engine options; the 3.8-litre V6 engine and the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine are both available with a six-speed manual transmission or eight-speed automatic transmission. A wide range of both active and passive safety features are inbuilt. Standard safety technology includes driver and front passenger advanced frontal airbags, along with front seatmounted side airbags, side air curtains and active front head restraints. The strong unibody construction includes front and rear crumple zones, bodyside reinforcements and 5-mph energy-absorbing bumpers. The hood also includes buckling creases and safety stops. The model is available in seven colours — two shades of blue, copper, white, black, silver and grey. Additionally, a new tan leather and a red or grey leather bolster/red cloth insert have been added to the interior colour selections. E Call 17 121-121.

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When? May 4 and 11 Event? Open track Venue? BIC Test your car’s speed at the Kingdom’s professional circuit. E Call 17 450-000. When? May 4, 17 and 31 Event? Karting Venue? Viva Karting Track Don’t miss the action from 2012’s Bahrain Rotax Mojo Max Championship. E Call 17 450-000. When? May 5 and 12 Event? Track Xperience Venue? BIC Try driving the Evolution X, Genesis 2.OT, Caterham G7 or the V8s. E Call 17 450-000. When? May 7, 21 and 28 Event? Drag and drift Venue? BIC Take your vehicle out onto the BIC’s drag strip for a thrilling ride. E Call 17 450-000. When? May 19 Event? Ladies’ Open Track Venue? BIC Ladies can take to the tracks to test their car’s speed and power. E Call 17 450-000.

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Pride of Place DAVID M. ROBERTSON

The Land Rover brand is synonymous with refined and luxurious driving, both on and off the road. The LR4 is the embodiment of these brand values.

Model Land Rover LR4 Model year 2012 Engine type 5-litre V8 Displacement 4,999.7 cc Horsepower 375 hp @ 6,500 rpm Torque 510 Nm @ 3,500 rpm Transmission 6-speed automatic gearbox Acceleration 0 to 100 km/h: 7.9 seconds Top speed 195 km/h

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Residing comfortably within the cockpit of the Land Rover LR4 it is not too difficult to understand what sets this iconic British vehicle apart from the competition. The elevated seating position offers a unique view of the road and its surroundings; you really are, literally, a cut above everyone else. Switch on the ignition and, as you start to glide away from your start point, something else hits you; there is a complete absence of any noise. A serene ambience is created such that the world around you does not appear to exist. Refinements such as this, though, we not only expect but also demand from a top-of-the-line luxury vehicle. Out on the road the LR4 offers a distinctive style, allowing you to feel that you own the space upon which you are driving. As you execute manoeuvres, whether changing gear or traversing a bend in the road, it is all accomplished seamlessly and without fuss. What facilitates this driving experience is the sophisticated technology employed in the LR4; one that you are undoubtedly better off allowing the official distributor to maintain than attempting a DIY version. A number of clever design features include the industry-first, torque-actuated variable camshaft timing on all four cams. Unlike conventional systems that rely on oil pressure, these are actuated by the positive and negative torques generated by the opening and closing of the valves, reducing energy consumption. There’s also ‘cam profile switching’, which selects either a profile suitable for low speed running or another which gives

increased lift for high performance. This provides the LR4 with exceptional low-end torque to negotiate demanding terrain and allows it to become fleet of foot when conditions dictate. Inside the LR4 there’s the high quality finishing and easy-touse driver console that oozes convenience; when you want something, it’s available on demand, much as you might expect from the service at a top-end five-star hotel. Of course, there’s a price to be paid for the best in luxury, and the LR4 consumes petrol at a ‘rate of knots’ that would not embarrass a high-performance speed boat. For those wishing to take the LR4 off the road, there are advanced all-terrain functions that are both subtle yet effective, while at the same time delivering an added layer of safety in more ‘interesting’ driving conditions. One such subtle feature is Hill Start Assist; it is always available and its operation is not indicated to the driver. It works by retaining the initial driver-generated brake pressure long enough for the foot to move from brake pedal to throttle without the car rolling backwards. Land Rover is distributed exclusively in the Kingdom by Euro Motors. E Call 17 750-750.


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Making a Marque

Majid Alzayani

Joining the family ‘firm’ is never quite as easy as one might imagine, particularly when the company concerned is part of the Alzayani Investments group.

Alzayani Investments has a long-established reputation for assigning responsibility to line managers, and holding them accountable for the positions they hold. Being a family member cuts no ice as Majid Alzayani, the marketing manager at Euro Motors, not only accepts but also embraces. In his recently-acquired position, Majid is responsible for the brand management of iconic motoring marques such as BMW, MINI, Land Rover, Maserati, Ferrari and Rolls-Royce. He happily admits that he’s always had a fascination for motor vehicles; staying on trend is as much a hobby as it is a business necessity. “In my role as marketing manager, it’s my responsibility to push the brand, support the sales team and to make sure we understand our customers,” he says. “A key element of this is to appreciate when to use brand advertising against a more tactical approach.” While the brands managed by Euro Motors all sit within the premium spectrum of the market, there are, nevertheless, different driving forces behind each one. “The new BMW 3 Series, with its model options, makes the car more accessible to customers and allows them to select a style that suits their preference,” Majid notes. “It’s about being versatile to suit different tastes, but at the same price.” While his marketing role encompasses building a story and creating an image for each brand, he’s a firm believer in the ‘seeing is believing’ philosophy.

“Our marketing might be eye-catching and appealing; buying a car, though, is always a personal decision,” he says. “Driving a car before you buy it allows you to obtain a sense of ‘feeling right’ about your choice. A good example of this is the new Range Rover Evoque; once you are behind the wheel, the experience drives your perception.” Majid regards online marketing as a great medium, in particular, for selling previously-owned vehicles as buyers can ‘surf’ what’s available around town from a single location. In his portfolio, though, Majid has a brand which demands being social media savvy; the DNA of the average MINI driver is perfectly acclimatised to this ethereal world. “Social media is great for building an interaction with a brand and it’s something that MINI has worked hard to achieve,” he says. “While much of this might be done on a regional basis, it is up to us as the local distributor to make it relevant for the Bahrain customer.” What’s equally clear is that car buyers use the Internet to do their research and enter a motoring showroom in a much more ‘informed’ state than in times gone by. That greater knowledge, whether it’s about the history of a brand or the details of a specific model, is now all part of the ‘buying’ process. It’s a challenge that Majid relishes and is more than happy to embrace.

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NATIONAL MOTOR COMPANY

The Exclusive Model Comfort, luxury and advanced technology are the golden trio when it comes to car manufacturing, and one new model boasts all three combined with exclusivity and elegance.

With three decades of history behind it, the Honda Accord continues to attract customers with its sharp lines, powerful stance and prestigious on-road presence. The new 2012 model, built with a limited edition package, takes elegance one step further. The new Accord sedan is available with a limited accessory collection that includes a classic ducktail spoiler, enhancing the rear styling and making the car more aerodynamic. A chrome garnish on the front, rear and side asserts is also offered, sharpening the body styling and accentuating the bumper design. The exclusive grille gives a dash of sophistication and enhances the front aesthetics with a “Limited” emblem distinguishing the model from the existing ones. The accessory collection not only improves the exterior styling but also gives a touch of exclusivity to its discerning owners. In addition to its elegant design, comfortable passenger space, agile handling and sporty yet fuel efficient performance, the new Accord is packed with safety features. Safety first Through a dedicated approach to vehicle safety, Honda seeks to provide a high level of occupant and pedestrian protection in all of its cars regardless of size or price. The company also provides increased compatibility with other vehicles as part of their ‘safety for everyone’ philosophy. Six airbags and active head restraints are among the many features that are fitted as standard on all of the

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Honda vehicles. Also included are vehicle stability assists, which assist the vehicles in poor traction conditions. Design enhancements Space, quality and comfort define the new sedan interior with world-class ergonomics and intuitive vehicle controls. A zone styling approach separates operation-related and informationrelated instruments. A tilt and telescopic steering column and eight-way full power driver’s seat adjustment ensures the driver’s comfortable driving position. The modern comfort and convenience features include active noise cancellation (available on V6 grades), dual zone automatic air-conditioning, plush leather interiors and a six CD premium sound system with USB jack. High tech gear In the new model, technology is of utmost importance and the upscale instrumental panel is outfitted with a spew of hightech features. The car’s navigation system has extensive coverage of all major roads in the GCC with a very user-friendly large eight-inch screen. Also a customer favourite is the i-Dual zone automatic air-conditioner which uses GPS sensors to adjust the temperature according to the position of the vehicle relative to the sun. E Call 17 457-111.


AL HADDAD MOTORS

A Class of its Own The premium segment has a new contender; a redesigned and powerful SUV that has been built to offer incomparable comfort in addition to a smooth ride.

Mercedes-Benz Middle East and Levant has ignited its 2012 ‘Year of the SUV’ strategy with the launch of a redesigned and powerful new M-Class, setting a new benchmark in the premium segment. With dynamic Mercedes-AMG sports styling as standard, three potent engine options, unparalleled ride comfort, and cavernous, high-quality luxury interiors, the bold new M-Class confidently conveys intent to meet performance with sophistication. The SUV is available in two engine variants. A permanent allwheel drive feature also delivers excellent driving dynamics on both sand and tarmac, whilst innovative handling controls and a new chassis ensure complete safety. “The luxury SUV segment is a market in which we have been making strong paves in. Mercedes-Benz SUVs had a record year in 2011 and we plan to make an even bigger statement in 2012,” notes Frank Bernthaler, director, sales and marketing, Mercedes-Benz Middle East and Levant. “With its strong features, powerful heart, intelligent technologies and masculine design, the all new M-Class epitomises our new approach and spearheads Mercedes-Benz ‘Year of the SUV’ sales strategy for the Middle East.” The design of the new M-Class, with its GCC standard sports styling, exudes self-confidence, athleticism and power. The front of the vehicle is dominated by a central three-pointed star, whilst from the side, elongated lines and a rear sloping

roof line give sporty appeal and emphasise the on-road credentials of the new SUV. AMG bodystyling adds high-gloss black louvres under the radiator grille, and two outer air intakes, while LED running lights as standard deliver a sporty scowl underlined by the front apron’s matt silver chrome trim strip and a wider appearance. The headlamps cut a particularly high quality and exclusive figure in combination with the optional Intelligent Light System (ILS). The athletic front apron is integrated with the distinctive front wings, made wider on either side in order to accommodate the 20-inch light-alloy wheels in elegant fashion. Dynamically profiled side sill panels establish a visual link between the front and rear of the vehicle. The striking rear apron with simulated black air outlet openings further emphasises the vehicle’s width in addition to trim strips in matt silver chrome, which cite the design of the front apron and frame the sports exhaust system. Two sets of chrome twin tailpipes deliver a throaty grumble from the M-Class engines. Inside delivers the sort of comfort expected of MercedesBenz flagship saloons. Seats have been designed to offer high long-distance comfort and optimum lateral support, with more elbow room in the front and rear than its predecessor, and this spaciousness is boosted by a panoramic sliding roof and threetone ambient lighting. E Call 17 785-454.

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BBBF Dinner Reception HE Iain Lindsay, British Ambassador hosted a curry night for the members of the Bahrain British Business Forum (BBBF) at his residence last month

Peter, HE Iain Lindsay, HE Shaikh Salman Bin Isa Al Khalifa, Khalid Al Zayani, Nasser Alarayedh, Ron & Austin

Dani, Jerry & Louise

Niall & Ashley

David with Bridget Lindsay

Brian, Sue & Heather

Olive, Anita & Deena

David, Dr Beulah & Fakhri

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Mohammed & Debbie

Tareq & Martin

Tony, Rajjab & Louise


Fourteen students from Royal University for Women paid a visit to Citi Bahrain during which they explored the bank and asked the hosts on their roles, activities and skill sets to learn how the bank functioned. Seen here, students pose with Dr Rachna Banerjee, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Banking & Financial Studies in the university (sitting 3rd from right) at Citi Bahrain premises in Seef Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa has promoted Wafaa Jorgensen to the position of PR manager. Prior to the promotion, Ms. Jorgensen has been working in marketing department for the last one and a half years. Her knowledge and experience in communications, branding, e-commerce and public relations which she gained in Europe and other countries such as Australia, Vietnam and Poland is an irrefutable asset to Sofitel

Renowned perfumers, Junaid for Perfumes recently received Dr Zakir Naik, President of Islamic Research Foundation at their premises in Sitra during his recent visit to Bahrain. Dr Naik’s visit to Bahrain coincided with the 25th anniversary of Discover Islam Bahrain. Seen here are, Jaweed Mohammed CEO, Dr Zakir Naik & Fuad Mohammed, Chairman

It was a great Fraser Day celebration. The all-day event started with a morning gathering announcing Fraser Day at Fraser Suites’ pool area, followed by General Manager Oliver Briand speech, cake cutting and a group photo of all Fraser staff, wearing 14th anniversary Fraser T-shirts. The team went to the later went to the Coral Bay Club in the evening following this year’s theme “We are Frasians” and enjoyed themselves at the staff party that followed

One of the world’s biggest and best supported football clubs, Real Madrid, revealed more details of the world’s first ‘sportainment’ destination on Al Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), the Real Madrid Resort Island. Zinedine Zidane, was also in attendance at the press conference held on the site of the development on Al Marjan Island, seen here with Fawaz Al Balooshi, who represented Bahrain This Month magazine

R.Lakshmanan , CEO ,Sakana hosted a lunch for the executive committee members of Global organization of people of indian origin ( GOPIO) at the Great Kabab Factory last month. Seen here are, GOPIO Middle East co-ordinator, Dr Sai Giridhar, R.Lakshmanan GOPIO Executive Vice President, Sunny Kulathakal Nevin Megechiani, Navneet Kampani, Alok Gupta & Sabu Oommen

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Dinner To Honour Visiting Bishop Rev Fr Uldarico Camus, Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Church hosted a dinner reception in honour of the Vicar Apostolic of Northern Arabia, His Lordship Bishop Camillo Ballin. The dinner was held at the Bishop Tirinanzi Auditorium, Sacred Heart Church last month

Frank & Deanna

Rev Chris & Tricia

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Francis, Roger, His Lordship Bishop Camillo Ballin & Fr Camus

Leena, Jackie & Florine

His Lordship Bishop Camillo Ballin & Fr Camus with Shaikha Hind & dignitaries

Fr Andrew, Higgoda & His Lordship Bishop Camillo Ballin

Layla & Lydia

Rebello & Hazel

Uchi & Yousif


SKAL Club Annual General Meeting The SKAL Club held its Annual General Meeting for members at the Al Fanar Hall, Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel Residence & Spa last month

Khalil, Fuad & Mohammed

Ismail & Sadiq

Garfield & Jano

SKAL Board of Directors, Fuad Kazerooni, Yousif Hubaishi, Aqeel Raees, Mohammed Buzizi, Jano Mouawad, Abdul Aziz Abdul Qadir & Mohammed Nass address members

Panos, Ron & Mo

Daniel & Hameed

Hisham & Ali

Salman

Hubert

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Dr Beulah & Cmdr David Isaacs Party Dr Beulah & Cmdr David Isaacs hosted a party for a number of friends in honour of their daughter Sharon and son-in-law Jeff, who were visiting Bahrain from the US. The party was held at their residence in Juffair

Dr Beulah, Jeff, Sharon & Cmdr David

Jeffery, Gerry, Alison, David, Sharon, Christine & Vanessa

Jan, Shobha & Dr Kalyan

Fiona with Tomoko Sumi

David, HE HE Shigeki Sumi, Japanese Ambassador, Dr Cheriyan, Dr Beulah & Cmdr David

John, Shanthi, Jonathan & John

Jan & John

Jo

Capt Anne & Cmdr David

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Just Like Home ELMA BARTHOLOMEW

Sometimes you don’t want something out of this world. We found the perfect place to find food just like your mama makes it. Fine dining and international cuisines are all great options for an evening out. However, what do you do when you are in the mood for something close to home? Where do you go if you’re looking for authentic food? We have the answer. Hidden away in Saar is the much spoken about Villa Mamas, a restaurant that truly is home away from home. Although finding this little haven might be a little tricky, the décor, which is reminiscent of the outdoor dining strips of Italy with the cobbled pathways, stone fountains and a garden filled with bougainvillea, makes it worth the drive. The beauty of this restaurant lies in its multiple dining areas which include the two outdoor sections, the patio, a main hall, and an inner room. A walk around the venue will reveal pieces from Bahraini and Indian homes woven into the interiors. An open kitchen where you can catch the pizza maker toss the base adds to the fresh look this restaurant has to offer while it maintains a fine balance between bright and earthy colours. You have two options if you choose to visit for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You could go by their menu and order any of their carefully designed recipes, or you could keep an eye out for the daily specials scribbled on their board. The second Also this month

choice gives you a better shot at having the most traditionally cooked Bahraini food you can get in town like machboos, mahyawa and mathrooba. On the menu, you have a choice of interesting dishes from pastas to pizzas and salads to sandwiches. One thing that shines through, apart from the appetising recipes, is the passion that the managing director, Roaya Saleh, has for food. With a detailed description of ingredients and a suggestion on top for every mood, you can never stop with a single order. No matter what makes it to your table, there are two things that Villa Mamas is used to — clean plates and smiles of satisfaction. Weight watchers needn’t drop their head in shame as every dish served is prepared with a mission of creating a healthy meal. Wood-fired chicken panini and thin-crust pizza have a distinct flavour that will simply win you over. The wide selection of vegetarian food makes this restaurant stand out from the rest. So this is where you need to be to feed your penchant for mushroom and eggplant. A lot of thought has gone into the smallest of details from the cutlery and dining mats to the service and seating arrangement. Clearly, they could not miss out on the drinks and desserts that complete any meal. A bite into their red velvet or carrot cake unveils their love for fresh ingredients. Even their iced tea is made from scratch, unlike most venues, complementing any meal on the table. Following her Twitter account (@VillaMamas) would be the easiest way to find out what’s on the menu each day. Try them out; you’ll come back for more. E Call 17 305-031 or www.villamamas.com.

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When? May 1-June 30 Event? Food promotion Venue? Cucina Italiana Are you addicted to their pizza? Buy one; get another free from 11.30am-3.30pm. E Call 17 537-555. When? May 1-June 30 Event? Food promotion Venue? Paul Café Explore the delights of fresh berry fruits for two months with their “Berrylicious” treats. E Call 17 172-321 or 17 580-073. When? May 3 Event? Live entertainment Venue? Mezzaluna Presenting the best of jazz, soul and funk — Hinda Hicks and DJ Richard Parker. E Call 17 742-999. When? May 9 Event? Cooking class Venue? Sheraton Hotel Chef Chong shares his techniques from 10am-12pm at a registration fee of BD8++. E Call 39 026-011. When? May 13 Event? Special brunch Venue? Café Marisol, Al Bander Hotel & Resort Treat your mother to a lavish brunch buffet with live entertainment on Mother’s Day. E Call 17 701-201.

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What’s for Lunch? There’s an interesting event lined up for those who love to spend time in the kitchen. We also found out that dinner isn’t the most planned-out meal of the day anymore.

There’s no better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to show her how much she means to you. Helping you make May 13 special is Café Marisol at Al Bander Hotel & Resort with a gala brunch buffet with live entertainment. For those of you who are trying to impress friends and family with your culinary skills, we have a trick to success, or at least Chef Chong does. Cook with the experts every Wednesday starting May 9 at Sheraton Bahrain Hotel at a registration fee of BD8++. Mezzaluna offers you the chance to sink in the best of jazz, soul and funk with live performances by Hinda Hicks and DJ Richard Parker on May 3. Word around the corner Some of us just can’t have enough of Dôme Café and we’re excited about the opening of its new outlet in the ground floor of Almoayyed Tower in Seef. Hoping to open new branches in Riffa and Juffair is another favourite, Esquires Coffee House. We hear Michelin-star chef Kieran Moore is back in Bahrain to design a new menu for an upcoming café lounge in Al Safir Hotel, his second venture after Cucina Italiana. Who else has been digging into our fast-food venues? Why shouldn’t you, with ‘The Spanish' selling like hotcakes at McDonald’s as are the hot wings at KFC. We’re keen to try the cowboy triple at TGIF. You won't regret a visit to Franky Joe's new outlet at Amwaj Islands either. Lunch mania Enjoy the flavour of Iranian delicacies at Golestan at Sheraton Bahrain Hotel while you discuss business or simply connect with your business associates. The new exclusive express lunch is available for BD10 from 12.30-2.45pm daily, except Saturday. Check out the new lunch offer with a food gallery at Saveur in Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel. Giving diners the opportunity to savour the many flavours of an international buffet this new concept is open on weekdays from 12.30-3pm at BD14++.

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Offers galore Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more summer-inspired snack, visit Paul Café this month and next as they are celebrating the season with berries. For those who can be strict enough with themselves and want to stay on the healthy side, there will also be a special fresh berry salad available, bursting with goodness. Tempting us with a meal that’s healthy and delicious at the same time is Cucina Italiana with their unbelievable promotion running till the end of June. Buy one of their amazing pizzas between 11.30am and 3.30pm to get another free. Enjoy a great selection of salads at reasonable prices at Soie Restaurant in Sheraton Bahrain Hotel throughout May. Meanwhile, the ocean’s finest bounty is served every Thursday evening at La Med, The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain. Indulge in the seafood market here at BD15++ including a glass of house beverage. Klouds at the K Hotel host a jumbo skewer promotion every Tuesday and seafood night every Thursday, both at BD12++. MoKan here invites you to try out the flavours of the Orient every Wednesday at BD16++.


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More than Summer Coolers Aroma Restaurant and Café There are a few dining venues in town that can master a fusion of a casual hangout, a full-fledged restaurant and shisha café with the perfect vibes for a family get-together or a business meeting. Aroma Café is probably the only venue on the island that offers them all without losing focus on the most significant factor — satisfying the customer. All these are combined with traditional Arabic hospitality which makes every bite satisfying and every moment spent here a truly enjoyable experience. E Call 17 582-711.

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ELMA BARTHOLOMEW With the scorching sun showing no mercy, all we can think of is a refreshing ice-blended drink to soothe ourselves. We’ve spotted a few good places that will help us beat the heat.

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The café scenario in Bahrain almost defines the lifestyle of its people. With coffee houses mushrooming around the Kingdom on a regular basis, it is evident that this is a usual in everybody’s daily itinerary. Why shouldn’t it be? It’s the perfect place for any occasion. From catching up with friends, finishing up your assignments and business meetings to some ‘alone time’ with your book, intimate time with your partner and for a quick on-the-go, a café-restaurant is the go-to place for all. The freshly baked muffins, healthy sandwiches, tempting croissants and delectable cakes should be reason enough to come here on a daily basis. Nonetheless, it remains a secondary excuse to visit. The primary reason to visit any coffee house lies in that title; it’s all about the drinks. Why risk making a difficult day worse by sipping on a selfmade drink when you have baristas in every corner brewing and blending the best roasted beans available? However, with the blistering heat taking a toll on us, a hot mug isn’t exactly the first choice this season. That doesn’t mean you should sacrifice your caffeine intake. Try out the spanking new blends that have made an entrance at cafés everywhere with the rising temperature. We have found some amazing fruit coolers as well at these venues; it’s hard not to want them everyday. If you’re finding it hard to choose a place to pick them up, our guide here should help.

Café Lilou With a décor that is reminiscent of a turn of the century Parisian brasserie, Café Lilou is a place where the elegance and grandeur of that time still remains. It offers an extensive display of mouth- watering freshly made cakes and pastries, and a menu that offers inventive crisp salads, and sandwiches with bread made that very day. Whether you are relaxing on one of the comfortable couches, or enjoying the view from the terrace, Café Lilou offers a unique experience to all who visit. It isn’t all cakes at this patisserie. If you’re looking for unique fruit juices and milkshakes, this is where you need to be. E Call 17 714-440 (Adliya) or 17 583-939 (Al A’ali Shopping Complex). Costa Coffee Making a comeback is the Iced Cold Costa range with new and improved recipes that you can read about in detail soon enough. It might look like an ice-cream sundae, but it is coffee; the best iced kind you can find owing to their signature Mocha Italia blend. It’s time to hit the beach; so they’re keeping an eye on those calories as well. Tea fanatics can opt for their iced tea which is a mix of green tea and cucumber. Costa even offers the perfect summertime snacks and an exciting breakfast meal deal. What’s not to like? E Call 17 749-299 (Adliya), 17 179-790 (Bahrain City Centre) or 17 725-913 (Juffair). Dôme Café In the warm setting of its unique European style café, surrounded by the welcoming tones of wood and brass and in the comfort of leather, you can trust Dôme to deliver a consistently great experience any time of the day. The first choice for anyone looking for comfortable dining, this café have two things to keep you company this summer. Espreskis are made from a fresh shot of their espresso, milk, ice-cream and chunks of chocolate. Smooth fruit is just the thing to satisfy your urge for an all natural drink. Check out our dining happenings section to find out where they're opening their new branch. E Call 17 810-180.

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T-Spoon Located on the ground floor of Kempinski Grand Hotel with direct access from Bahrain City Centre, T-Spoon is home to the legendary Gerbeaud confectionery from Budapest, bringing the world renowned flavours of Esterhazy and Dobos cakes to delight the sweet tooth. The finest leaves and infusions from around the world have been carefully selected to offer an extensive array of teas and coffees, including fruit and organic teas, that can be teamed with divine pastry delights, handcrafted tempting cakes and pastries straight from the Kempinski pastry kitchen and special tea-infused desserts. The surroundings are comfortable with warm hues in brown for a calm and cosy ambience featuring tunes that create a peaceful milieu to peruse the menu in front of a fire-lit cove. E Call 17 171-000.

Espressamente Illy Fondly called 'Illy Café' by its patrons, this lounge-like venue located in the main lobby of Sheraton Hotel shares an entrance from the luxurious Moda Mall. Truly a hidden gem, this venue is the ideal choice for a mid-shopping break where you can find the perfect espresso in every conceivable form. It would be wise to try their innovative snacks and desserts while you’re there relaxing in a completely laid-back atmosphere. What is unique about this place is the abundance of daylight and the extremely spacious seating arrangement. It doesn’t feel like you’re in a mall or a hotel. E Call 17 533-533. Esquires Coffee House Situated along the Budaiya highway, this one is hard to miss. Light, bright and comfortable, Esquires is a modern and refreshing choice for those enjoying peace and space with their caffeine jolt. Regular customers relish not just the amazing cups of 100 per cent Fairtrade organic coffee but also the superb array of high quality food including sandwiches, low calorie and health foods and an increasing array of children’s snacks. The large play area for children and the massive outdoor seating areas are added benefits. Nine flavours of organic teas, refreshing smoothies and innovative granitas are great choices for the season. The kids can indulge in the milkshakes and frappes. E Call 77 177-600.

World Beat Café A signature feature about this café is that it doubles as a gallery showcasing a new Bahrain-based artist every month. World Beat Café is also the first in Bahrain to offer fresh brewed yerba mate, a popular South American hot beverage. Their homemade healthy baked goods are made with spelt flour, low glycemic-index and safe sweeteners. They offer gluten free treats as well. There is also an exclusive offer for BTM readers. Get a mini organic chocolate bar with your order of their signature coffee or tea. This month, they will introduced a watermelon, cucumber and mint juice to stay super fresh. E Call 17 612-576. Paul Café Paul’s pastry team has done it again. Delight your senses with delicious summer berry treats during the months of May and June. Exquisite creations such as the meringue aux fruits rouges and the gâteaux aux fruits rouges are something to look forward to during the summer season. Fresh and exciting, three new varieties of their small verrines — mousse aux fromage ricotta et fraises, parfait aux fraises et pistaches and mousse aux fruits rouges, will have you coming back for more. Gourmands who want to stay on the healthy side, can always choose the fresh berry salad — a mix of fresh red fruits replete with flavour. Following the success of their outlet in Bahrain City Centre, this authentically French patisserie are also a hit in the Seef Mall. E Call 17 172-321 or 17 580-073.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Those who know their java know there isn’t a place more dedicated to providing the best beans than The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. The creators of the Iced Blended Coffee base offer flavours like caramel, mocha, vanilla, hazelnut and blackforest. No one would believe you if you didn’t find that mouthwatering. Giving you the benefit of doubt, they have introduced the triple chocolate and crème brulee infused cappuccino. What makes this place more interesting is their option of caffeinefree iced blended drinks. We can’t way to try their wild cherry and pineapple inclusions this month. E Call 17 100-130, 17 179-798, 17 484-810 or 17 813-111.

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diningcafereview Chef Clement Raybaud’s Lemon Tart Recipe: Lemon cream ingredients: l 70g whole eggs l 75g caster sugar l 55g fresh lemon juice l 5g finely grated lemon peel l 100g butter Method: l Mix egg, lemon juice, caster sugar and lemon peel together. l Heat the mix by the bain-marie process — in a bowl over a pan of hot (not boiling) water and whisk for five minutes. Bring it to a temperature of 83-84°C. l Strain the mixture and then allow to cool up to 60°C. l Next, add the softened butter and whisk. Blend for 10 minutes with a hand mixer to make it smooth. l Pour your cream into the tart shell and let it rest in the fridge till the cream is set. Sweet pastry ingredients: For six tarts (9cm diameter, each sweet pastry): l 100g butter l 60g icing sugar l 20g almond powder l 1g salt l 1 whole egg l 200g all-purpose flour KEMPINSKI GRAND & IXIR HOTEL

Tea with a Twist Have you hoped to serve five-star quality pastries at home? Here’s one such winning recipe that will make your palate crave for more. Klouds Restaurant

T-Spoon is an exclusive boutique café located on the ground floor of Kempinski Grand Hotel featuring the finest selection of teas and coffees, together with a delectable array of savouries and handcrafted cakes and pastries. It is also home to the legendary Gerbeaud confectionery, from Budapest, bringing the world renowned flavours to pleasure the sweet tooth. The café offers the finest tea library with leaves and infusions from around the world carefully selected to offer an extensive menu, including fruit teas and organic teas that can be teamed with divine pastry delights straight from the Kempinski pastry kitchen, together with fragrant coffee classics and hot chocolate drinks. For the perfect start to your day, come to enjoy their exquisite home-made French croissants, Danish pastries and muffins. The café also boasts an elaborate afternoon tea menu coupled with traditional European treats, all created in-house by Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre's pastry chef, Clement Raybaud. His specialties include lemon tartlet, raspberry mille-feuille a la minute, bakewell tart, chocolate éclair, almond and pine seed croissant as well as stylish and delicious macaroons. E Call 17 171-000, email restaurants.bahrain@kempinski.com or visit www.kempinski.com/Bahrain.

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Method: l Put butter and icing sugar together into the bowl and mix. Then add eggs, almond powder, salt and flour and mix slowly. l As soon as the pastry dough comes together in a ball, wrap well with cling film and place in the fridge. l Once the pastry is cool, take it out and remove the cling film and roll the pastry out to 2mm in thickness using a rolling pin. l After the pastry has been rolled to the desired thickness, line the tart mould(s) with it. Trim off the excess pastry so that there is none hanging over the edges. l Bake in the oven at 160°C for about 12-15 minutes untill blonde in colour. l Allow to cool completely before adding your lemon cream filling.

Chef Clement Raybaud


THE COFFEE BEAN & TEA LEAF

Grab a Cuppa There isn’t a day at work that you can survive without the essential jolt every morning. One café in town is serious about giving you the perfect dose of caffeine.

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That’s right. We invented it. The Original Ice Blended® drink. Genius? We like to think so.

Born and brewed in Southern California since 1963, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is the oldest and largest privately-held specialty coffee and tea retailer in the United States. Beginning with their first café in Brentwood, California, they have always been passionate about connecting loyal customers to one another with carefully handcrafted products. Today, they are a favourite among Bahrain’s java fanatics. Behind the steam Known for sourcing and providing the finest ingredients and flavours, they have built relationships with the best private coffee farms and tea estates around the world, selecting only the top one per cent Arabica beans and finest handplucked, whole leaf teas. Their coffee is freshly roasted daily in small batches in a manual European roast style. All of their teas, concurrently, are hand blended under specific directions. Today The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf proudly offers over 30 varieties of coffee and 15 varieties of tea. And for nearly 50 years, it has demonstrated a passion for product innovation epitomised by ‘the original ice-blended’ beverage. This café has grown to be an international icon and currently has more than 900 stores in over 20 countries which includes the ones in Juffair, Bahrain City Centre and Oasis Mall in Riffa. Each one is dedicated to providing a warm and inviting environment. Don’t worry if they aren’t on your way to work. They have recently launched the ‘CBTL single serve beverage system’ that allows consumers to make their specialty beverages at home, at the touch of a button which allows you to ship it directly from the US. E Call 17 100-130, 17 179-798 or 17 813-111.

You may have already heard about our calling card, The Original Ice Blended ® drink. We invented it. Our exclusive recipe includes our French Deluxe ™ vanilla powder, brewed coffee, non-fat milk and topped with whipped cream. Indulgent? You bet.

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AROMA CAFÉ

Change is Good What really makes or breaks any venue is its ambience. One of Bahrain’s coolest shisha cafés did it right; one year later, they are reaping the success of their refurbishment.

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Those who enjoyed the shisha experience Aroma Café has to offer truly missed the venue while they shut their doors for renovation. That was over a year ago. One step into this café and you will see that the major makeover has definitely paid off. The new décor brought new life to the Middle Eastern shisha concept by creating a setting that is warm and inviting with a distinctly breezy, brasserie feel to it. But they weren’t stupid to stop at interiors. They redid everything under their roof (including the roof, of course) from the menu to service. Making the most of its newfound space, the restaurant now comfortably accommodates up to 300 patrons. The winning feature, however, is the five beautifully appointed private dining rooms equipped with LCD screens, Xbox stations, DVD players, iPod docks, USB connections which is a rarity in the island. So, if you’re looking for a place to chill out with your friends, family or partners without being bothered by other guests, this is the place to be. Another favourite of the guests is the provision of a non-smoking section for those who come here to enjoy their extensive selection of food with a view of the open kitchen. The refurbished eatery features bold designs that are balanced by a backdrop of mirrored walls which reflect the plush oriental gold and crimson fittings. They are bursting with fabrics that are strewn with mismatched, hand-embroidered cushions and accessories that may well have belonged to the characters from the sets of One Thousand and One Nights. The efficient staff serves fresh and flavoured shisha while you lose yourself in the time-honoured pleasures of backgammon, cards and dominoes. All that relaxation can work

up an appetite. Chef Ehab Al Orabi’s menu of traditional Lebanese mezze and grills, classic Moroccan dishes, oldfashioned Arabian specialties and modern continental offerings are just right. A mood of reclining on a divan and contemplating while enjoying the succulent tastes of the Orient served in an informal, vibrant atmosphere permeates every aspect of this restaurant. Featuring an irresistibly delicious menu, friendly service and a wide range of recreational amusements, Aroma Café, is the perfect choice for a casual ‘drop in’ dining and special occasions alike. E Call 17 582-711.


COSTA COFEE

It’s Delicious

One of your favourite cafés has given its cold drinks range a luxurious makeover. Find out what’ll keep you cool this summer.

Capturing the smooth, rich taste of its hot drinks range, Costa has added a dash of style and luxury to its Ice Cold Costa range to give you an indulgent experience, whatever the weather. The new deluxe iced coffee collection sees baristas handcraft a glamorous and refreshing drink using new and improved recipes. To add to the full-bodied, rich and smooth range, it has also created a new line of iced lemonades that quench, refresh, and revitalise. Providing a burst of refreshment in the morning, a reviving thirstquencher in the middle of the day or a sweet and smooth boost in the afternoon, these additions complement Costa’s existing range of cold drinks to offer something to suit all moods at any time of year. What’s in it? If you aren’t in the mood for your usual order of fruit, coffee or cream coolers or even their renowned iced teas; then have a go at their latest creations. In the iced coffees, you will find the pleasing taste of a cappuccino, latte and Americano espresso, created using Costa’s famous Mocha Italia coffee, poured over ice. The new recipe gives the drinks a new look with layers of rich coffee, milk and ice served in a bespoke tall thin glass, creating the look of an ice-cream sundae. The refreshing iced lemonades are jewel-coloured drinks made from real lemon juice and garnished with lemon or mint, offering an energising pick-me-up. Opt for the classic or choose from the flavours on offer like strawberry and mint. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it? E Call 17 749-299 (Adliya), 17 179-790 (Bahrain City Centre) or 17 725-913 (Juffair).

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diningf&bhappenings Roma Restaurant, tucked away in Umm Al Hassam, came into existence in 1990 with a very simple objective: to offer authentic Italian cuisine using imported Italian ingredients cooked by Italian-trained chefs. Renowned by many as one of the finer Italian restaurants on the island, it remains undiscovered by some. This garden-fronted venue offers the options of a high-class lounge or a fine dining restaurant. To the left of Venetian arches and columns is the glass-enclosed lounge; upscale and trendy, it offers privacy and casual à la carte dining. It’s perfect for quiet candlelit romance, a pleasant space to talk with friends and family, or to conduct business. To the right of the lobby area is the fine dining restaurant. Here you’ll find a quick pasta lunch featuring salad, pasta and beverage that is a popular choice for a spot of business. Dinner offers a true Italian repertoire of favourites along with live music. Home-made pastas, marinated hammour, freshly caught seafood and a wide variety of antipasti are served with style. Dessert is offered with a timeless trolley selection of daily fresh creations. Roma’s food is as delicious as this 75-seater restaurant is comfortable. Modern with authentic trattoria touches, it is little wonder that it remains a hidden gem. You have got to try their date caramel cake that customers never leave without. Also, it would be rude not to round things off with a shot of espresso when you are in an Italian restaurant. This venue gives you the option of dining at a cosy corner away from all the hustle and bustle. E Call 17 125-885.

ROMA RESTAURANT

A Homely Affair Bahrain is full of hidden culinary gems; one such treasure is an Italian eatery that has served up the finest fare for more than two decades, quietly and understated.

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Costa Coffee Staff Party Costa Coffee, part of the Jawad Business Group held its annual staff party at the Neyran Restaurant, Mercure Grand Hotel, Seef district last month. Staff were treated to a night of entertainment, fine food and loads of fun

Catherine, Raffa & Ella

RJ, Edward & Mike

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Deepak, Alessandra, Kuswai, Ali Mansoor, Junnet, Sabir & Suresh

Marco, Rey & Lloyd

Amy, Mohan & Meliza

Khalid & Grace

Ryan, Jenipher & Francis

Carise, Loriemar & Analyn

Aireen & Blessy

Grace & Ronald

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Jim’s Restaurant

Meeting Expectations Adliya has a lot to offer in terms of cuisine, art and culture. There’s one restaurant here that has an interesting mix of them all. The restaurant scene in Adliya has always been appealing with a variety of international cuisines to meet every gastronomical whim; Jim’s Restaurant has always been able to distinguish itself from the crowd. Effortlessly maintaining a tricky balance between casual and fine dining, this bistro sees a variety of customers who appreciate the laid-back atmosphere and excellent food. The unique cottage feel and extended garden section, which brings the outdoors inside, allow for a cosy and inviting space where eating a meal out is not meant to be a rushed event but rather an experience to be enjoyed. From a party of three to a banquet of 40, Jim’s never fails to exceed expectations. New on the menu The restaurant’s extensive menu includes a bevy of options designed to delight. In addition to the popular Anglo-Irish preparations, Jim’s has now added Indian recipes to its list of cuisines. These savoury dishes pack a flavourful punch which won’t leave guests going up in flames, unless of course requested. The breakfast menu offers yet another set of delicious choices while the business lunch, priced at BD6.900, includes a starter, main course, dessert and beverage. Great food, a diverse menu that’s impeccably prepared, superb service, modest décor, and a charm of its own, make Jim’s Restaurant the place to be. E Call 17 710-654.

CAFÉ ITALIA

Redefining the Culinary Senses Any dining venue that has made it big has played their cards right, especially when it comes to the cuisine, ambience and service. Here’s one such outstanding restaurant. It was more than a decade ago when Café Italia first opened its rustic trattoria-style branch in Seef Mall. Following a simple formula of success, it effortlessly captivated the hearts of modern diners. The flagship Adliya outlet, inaugurated in 2007, turned into a mainstream venue, particularly for those who enjoy the pleasure of tasteful dishes and charmingly sophisticated decors. Each dish served in here speaks for itself; pampering your taste buds unlike any other meal. The pizzaiolo (pizza maker) show off their honed skills by combining the freshest local produce and imported fine ingredients in each delectable slice. Seamlessly, the pizza is placed inside a woodfired oven where only beech wood is used as a source of heat to bake the best pizzas in their signature, traditional Neapolitan style. Expansion plans 2010 was a promising year for the Ali Alsharif Est as Café Italia reinvented itself and opened its third branch in Bahrain City Centre that welcomes both loyal followers and new diners alike. This year, the chain embarks onto greater heights, with two express outlets that have opened up in Dubai; one in the Dubai Marina Mall and the other in the Dubai Mall. The food court branches offer variations of selected pizza, pasta and more in a casual dining experience for people on-the-go. An award-winning restaurant, Café Italia also recently tied-up with organisations like Mums in Bahrain, Porsche Club Bahrain and American Express for special offers and promotions. E Call 17 744-774 (Adliya), 17 582-823 (Seef) or 17 178-595 (Bahrain City Centre).

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diningthemenights Theme? Couples Night Venue? Sizzler’s Restaurant A romantic night out? Your meal includes a bottle of wine. E Call 17 716-999.

Theme? Tex-mex Night Venue? La Cascada, Elite Crystal Hotel Add spice to your weekend with Texas BBQ and Latino flavours. E Call 17 531-122.

Theme? Dinner Buffet Venue? It’s Mirchi, Ramee International Try the Mirchi platter with the most succulent kababs. E Call 38 381-615.

Theme? Couples night Venue? Brenigan’s Restaurant Tucked within Budaiya, this venue is bound to impress. E Call 17 593-593.

Theme? Smokes and Grills Venue? La Brasserie Restaurant, Elite Resort and Spa Dining by the pool sounds good, doesn’t it? Load up on barbecues. E Call 17 313-326.

Theme? Lunch Buffet Venue? Fareast Seafood Market, Ramee International There isn’t better news for a true gourmand than a lobster promotion. E Call 36 359-548.

wednesday sunday Theme? Indian Night Venue? Skyw@lk Café, Marriott Apartments Spice up your taste buds with their mouth watering Indian buffet. E Call 17 363-999. Theme? BBQ Night Venue? Mövenpick Indulge in a wide selection of fine meats including the churrasco. E Call 17 460-000. Theme? Sizzling Sirloin Venue? Sizzler’s Restaurant It’s time you found out why their steaks are so popular. E Call 17 716-999. Theme? Italian Night Venue? Brenigan’s Restaurant It’s everyone’s favourite cuisine. It’ll soon be your favourite venue. E Call 17 593-593. Theme? Sunday Roasts Venue? Sherlock Holmes, Gulf Hotel Who knew they were open for lunch? We’re enthused! E Call 17 713-000. Theme? Wine Fest Venue? Block 338 Pay BD9++ and get swigging from 7-11pm. E Call 17 710-338.

monday Theme? Curry Club Venue? Sherlock Holmes, Gulf Hotel Every week they cook up a curry from different parts of the world. E Call 17 713-000.

Theme? Seafood Night Venue? Silk’s Restaurant, Mövenpick Sushi, prawns, lobster, oysters — seafood buffet at its best. E Call 17 460-000. Theme? Moules et frites Night Venue? Camelot You know their wines are great; now try their mussels and fries. E Call 17 717-745.

Theme? Sushi Night Venue? La Cascada, Elite Crystal Restaurant Pick up those chopsticks; dig into the chef's specials. E Call 17 360-360.

Theme? Family Day Venue? Sizzler’s Restaurant Searching for a place to dine out with the kids? Look no further. E Call 17 716-999.

Theme? Italian Night Venue? Medzo, InterContinental Regency Delight your palate with their unlimited antipasti buffet. E Call 17 227-777.

Theme? Seafood Night Venue? Brenigan’s Restaurant It might be far from the city; but it’s well worth the visit. E Call 17 593-593.

Theme? Italian Night Venue? Silk’s Restaurant, Mövenpick Eat as much as you like of any kind of fresh pasta and pizza. E Call 17 460-000.

Theme? Sushi Night Venue? Cocoon Lounge Sample one of eight fresh, sumptuous platters of sushi. E Call 17 827-600.

Theme? Seafood Night Venue? Al Wasmeyyah Restaurant, Golden Tulip Are you in love with seafood? So are they and they’ve got it all. E Call 17 535-000.

tuesday Theme? Italian Night Venue? Skyw@lk Café, Marriott Executive Enjoy their “La Famosa Notte Italiana” with delicious food. E Call 17 363-999 Theme? Suds USA Creole Venue? Al Wasmeyyah Restaurant, Golden Tulip Check out how the Louisiana cuisine is a blend of influences. E Call 17 535-000. Theme? Legendary Degustation Venue? Legendz, InterContinental Regency Using the finest ingredients, they offer a lavish five-course menu. E Call 17 227-777. Theme? The Grape Escape Venue? Camelot Wine tasting has never been more entertaining than it is here. E Call 17 717-745. Theme? Jumbo Skewers Venue? Klouds, The K Hotel Get jumbo-sized skewers, a side dish and fresh salad at BD12++. E Call 17 360-000.

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Theme? Steak Night Venue? La Mosaique Restaurant, Crowne Plaza Choose any cut you like and have it cooked to perfection. E Call 17 531-122.

Theme? Italian Night Venue? Sizzler’s Restaurant A true foodie can’t have enough pasta; especially from here. E Call 17 716-999. Theme? Barbeque Night Venue? Casa Bar, Mercure Grand A live BBQ counter boasts meat and seafood done to perfection. E Call 17 584-400. Theme? Butcher night Venue? Al Waha, Gulf Hotel If you just can't have enough meat, join them for dinner. E Call 17 713-000. Theme? Flavours of the Orient Venue? MoKan, The K Hotel Get a cup of sake, miso soup and seafood tempura at BD16++. E Call 17 360-000.

thursday Theme? Steak Night Venue? Silk’s Restaurant, Mövenpick Stick a fork in juicy Angus steaks and scrumptious salads. E Call 17 460-000.

Theme? Seafood Night Venue? La Mosaique Restaurant, Crowne Plaza Eat the freshest catch cooked any way you like. E Call 17 531-122. Theme? Seafood Night Venue? Klouds, The K Hotel Fill up on your favourites from the sea at BD12++. E Call 17 360-000. Theme? The Game Is On Venue? Legendz, InterContinental Regency Try out game dishes from around the world at BD28++. E Call 17 227-777. Theme? Seafood Night Venue? Rimal, Al Areen Palace and Spa Experience a unique culinary excursion across the seven seas. E Call 17 845-000. Theme? Great American BBQ Venue? Al Wasmeyyah Restaurant, Golden Tulip Whether you like it medium or rare, it will be there! E Call 17 535-000. Theme? Seafood Night Venue? Sizzler’s Restaurant We love their grilled hammour. The mixed platter is a must-have. E Call 17 716-999. Theme? Seafood Night Venue? Al Waha, Gulf Hotel You can’t have enough fish in a day — nor crabs or clams. E Call 17 713-000.

friday Theme? Fish on a Friday Venue? Sherlock Holmes, Gulf Hotel They’re going back to the British tradition with interesting menus. E Call 17 713-000.

Theme? Sizzling Night Venue? Al Waha, Gulf Hotel If it sizzles, it is definitely delicious. Eat till your belly bursts. E Call 17 713-000. Theme? Carvery Feast Venue? Links, Royal Golf Club Enjoy a classic roast carvery buffet with all the trimmings. E Call 17 750-777. Theme? All Day Breakfast Venue? Camelot Eggs made the way you love them; home-made waffles and more. E Call 17 717-745.

saturday Theme? Sushi Fest Venue? Mo Kan Restaurant, The K Hotel Pamper your palate and taste a great selection of sushi at half price. E Call 17 360-000 or 39 162-139. Theme? Fish Market Venue? La Mer, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq What's your catch of the day? Have it prepared your way. E Call 17 636-363. Theme? Special Breakfast Venue? Rayes, Coral Bay They offer a unique spread with sweets and oven-fresh specialties. E Call 39 777-701. Theme? Saturday Brunch Venue? Sizzler’s Restaurant Overslept on Friday? Worry not. Try the brunch here. E Call 17 716-999.


restaurantlisting American Bennigan’s Burger Lounge Burger Wisconsin Chili House Chili’s Franks a Lot Fuddruckers Hard Rock Café Johnny Rockets Ric’s Kountry Kitchen Ponderosa Steak Escape T.G.I.Friday’s Tony Luke’s Tony Roma's

17 813-750 77 055-772 17 594-458 17 580-045 17 581-221 17 811-970 17 742-266 17 291-569 17 566-565 17 725-550 17 580-552 17 178-464 17 179-041 17 494-940 17 870-070

Asian Chin Li Chop-Chop Tea House Curry Country Hot Wok House Boat Kontiki Memories Mo Kan Monsoon Nu Asia Panasia Papaya Peppers Rice Bowl Thai Chi

17 717-717 17 178-701 17 537-555 17 178-083 16 010-321 17 525-455 17 178-646 17 360-000 17 749-222 17 587-171 17 721-600 17 697-105 17 717-808 17 179-600 17 179-747

European Block 338 Camelot Coco’s Cyprus Taverna Déjà Vu L’Avenue Mezzaluna Paul Café Sizzlers Zytoun

17 710-338 17 717-745 17 716-512 17 716-316 13 657-770 17 567-222 17 742-999 17 172-321 17 716-999 17 298-471

Filipino Bahay Kubo Borakay Chuckay Fast Food Flamingo Kowloon Lutong Pinoy Quick Stomach Swan Lake Tops

17 231-996 17 514-400 17 532-250 17 231-106 17 224-357 17 295-540 17 232-382 17 291-655 17 237-768 17 277-665

Fusion Fusions L’Ile

17 746-427 17 845-000

Indian Aachi’s Chettinad Kitchen 17 233-110 Akbar 17 296-660 Asha’s 17 179-751

Rendezvous Salad Boutique The Crepe Café Upstairs Downstairs Zoe

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

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

Tian Wok Yum Chow!

17 717-080 17 636-415 17 744-900

Brazilian Brasa de Brasil Brazil Rodizio Grill

17 582-225 17 826-686

Chinese Beijing Chinese China Express China Garden Ching Foli Hong Kong Magic Wok Shanghai Hut Soie Spice Nice

17 717-969 17 717-439 17 746-423 17 564-424 17 722-199 17 728-700 17 506-070 17 292-988 17 533-533 17 713-603

Café Restaurants Café T Camille’s Sidewalk Café Delifrance Esquires Le Bateau Le Chocolat Lina’s Café Rosa Verge Skyw@lk Café World Beat Café

17 750-777 17 339-508 17 696-031 77 177-660 17 369-165 17 582-259 17 532-538 13 667-777 17 363-999 17 612-576

Clay Oven Copper Chimney Curry Tree Hyderabad House It’s Mirchi Lanterns Moti Mahal Mumbai Spices Nattinpuram Nirvana Papadom Spices The Great Kabab Factory The Yellow Chilli

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 17 690-629 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 Nando’s

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 17 825-339

Golestan Isfahani Parsian Persian Garden Takht Jamsheed Tehran Grill

Korean Arirang Da Rae Jung

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

17 311-111 17 725-414 17 296-660 17 224-000 17 280-111 17 100-069 17 697-687 17 711-772 17 567-222 17 506-070 17 179-500 17 312-700 17 365-055 17 311-280 16 033-800 17 746-417 17 312-222

Mexican Casa Mexicana Margarita Mexicana Senor Paco’s

17 715-521 17 746-462 17 725-873

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

17 524-579 17 369-269 17 811-511 17 580-600 17 746-431 17 555-989

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 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 17 680-967

Japanese Bushido Edo Frangipani Fuji Sushi Bar Hakisushi I Love Sushi Kei Maki Mirai Sato Sugoi Sumo Sushi & Bento Sushi 101 Yo! Sushi

17 583-555 17 290-945 17 582-422 17 533-336 17 725-638 17 300-610 17 533-450 17 522-733 17 713-113 17 746-429 17 178-084 17 718-090 17 822-274 17 583-373

Turkish

Middle Eastern Al Abraaj Al-Bokhari Leewan Al Khor Melh Alzad Taza

17 178-090 17 311-186 16 010-666 17 311-170 17 784-997

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

Anatolia Iskenderun Grill Kosebasi

17 690-601 17 292-950 17 172-322

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 17 811-812 17 161-716 17 714-9720

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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Brett's Birthday Party Brett & Nina hosted a party for a number of friends at their residence in Riffa Views to celebrate Brett's birthday

Brett & Nina

Nina & Snej

Zoe & Mark

Filippo, Brett, Nina, Snej, Christina & Lana

Zaid, Snej & Nathalia

Maxine & Alexandra

Fiona, Graeme, Nina, Yaqooby & Abs

Yzelle, Tanya & Nina

Patricia & Terry

Taylor, Chichi & Nina

Andy

Chris & Nayia Poullaides Easter Party Chris & Nayia Poullaides hosted an Easter party at their residence for a number of friends

Nayia & Chris

Claire & Stefan

Katherine, Chris & Jackie

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George

Andrew

Shaikh Hamad & Chris Achilleos & Saleh

Steve, Mohammed, Mala & Chris

Harris & Chrystalla

Rula, Karim & Myra

Raj

Nicos, Grigoris, Xenios & Alka

Andreas & Maria

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In High Spirits alison coldridge A new venue in town provides an injection of ‘fresh’ to our Thursday nights; an innovative design, chic ambience and modern vibe create a place to be seen at. The nightlife scene in Bahrain can become repetitive as venues have a habit of repeating parties and events with the same crowd each week. So the partygoers of Bahrain always love to hear of a hot new opening; somewhere new to try and potentially like. Currently everyone is talking about EleVation, a fresh venue that opens just on the one night of the week that we need it to be — Thursdays. Located in the Grand Safir Hotel in Juffair, this tucked-away hotspot promises to bring clubbers fantastic live shows, sensational tracks and quality service each and every Thursday. The venue’s launch, mid-last month, was a raging triumph and drew in the crème de la crème of the Kingdom’s party scene. The promotional team successfully got Bahrain waiting with baited breath to see what this new place would have to offer and the crowds didn’t appear to be disappointed. Stand out or stand up Dark and enveloping, the décor isn’t particularly novel, but a wild light system transforms the place and invites you to party. But the most unique aspect of the club is definitely the layout, Also this month

one that has never before been tried in Bahrain, and a concept that seems to have inspired the club’s name. The entire floor is determined by different levels, with glass ramps leading to each different area. The effect is fun, novel and very modern. The dance floor is another intriguing element. Raised a good few metres from the ground level, it boasts a completely transparent base, giving you the slightly unnerving experience of elevation. Overlooked by the DJ booth, this area, however, is the best place to soak in the beats and have a boogie. A few large bars cover each side of the club, ensuring quick service with a huge selection of beverages for the prices you would pay in most venues. If you want to go all out, you can book a VIP table for yourself and your friends, a good idea to rest your danced-out feet. Included is a bottle of your choice of spirit. Just like any successful club, EleVation hits the spot with its get-up-and-dance set list. House, dance and commercial tunes play throughout the night and the organisers are hoping to bring in internationally-known DJs to perform — there are talks of getting DJ Joshua Roberts of the Ministry of Sound fame to spin the decks. Previous DJs to perform have included Bahraini duo Gazi and Huss, who got the crowds going with a fusion of smooth, soulful and ‘techie’ sounds. E Call 39 107-686.

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Elevation

When? May 3 Event? DJ night Venue? Wrangler, The Juffair Grand Hotel Are you ready to move to the heart-pumping micro-anthems of DJ Muniklip? E Call 39 831-380. When? May 3, 25 Event? DJ nights Venue? Bushido DJ Getdown is in town. Ladies, if you’ve missed this; try your luck on “Pink Friday”. E Call 17 583-555. When? May 4, 9, 11, 18, 23 Event? DJ nights Venue? Cocoon, The Juffair Grand Hotel Join Damian D’Costa in his journey through the various ‘elements of house’ music. E Call 17 827-600. When? May 10 Event? Theme night Venue? Bedrock, Ramee California Hotel The Lumina glow stick party is back. Get the ‘all you can drink’ package at BD15. E Call 17 826-001. When? May 17 Event? Comedy night Venue? Kicks, Hotel Diva John Moloney and Carl Hutchinson join to create a laughing riot at the English tavern. E Call 39 922-583.

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afterdarkhappenings When? May 18 Event? Comedy night Venue? Corners, The Dragon Hotel & Resort They continue entertaining the crowds with their rib-tickling humour. Tickets cost BD10. E Call 16 031-113.

Burn the Dance Floor

When? May 18 Event? Comedy night Venue? Champs, The Juffair Grand Hotel The third and final leg of the comedy tour is at this English pubinspired sports bar. E Call 39 812-397. When? May 18 Event? Theme night Venue? Club Buffalo, Ramee California Hotel Get ‘lost in paradise’ at the return of their winning party; drink till you drop at BD15. E Call 17 826-001. When? May 25 Event? DJ night Venue? Coral Bay DJ Patrick Hagenaar from Ministry of Sound’s Housexy spins the partying world tonight. E Call 17 312-700.

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You might think it’s hard to match the buzz of the racing frenzy we faced last month. Nightlife venues around Bahrain try to prove otherwise. What’s new Ladies, bring along your friends and colleagues every Monday and Thursday to An Nada Lounge at Sheraton Bahrain Hotel. While you get three free drinks to help you start the weekend with a bang, a visit on Monday entitles women guests to unlimited drinks from 7pm-1am. Who’s in for a girl’s night

out? Also, if you are a kebab lover, you should not miss the kebab promotion throughout May with lots of choices for as low as BD2.500++. JJ’s Music Hall has introduced a new theme night titled Art Haus. It’s all about music on this evening; they reel in new musicians week after week. Joining the live entertainment scenario is ‘the honky tonk man’ aka Eugene Maglo at Boudoir lounge in Kempinski Grand Hotel who performs genres like soul, R&B and rock and roll six nights a week.


DJ Patrick

Muniklip

Where you need to be Kicking off the party mania this month is DJ Getdown at Bushido. Walk in before 11pm for free entrance or the samurai (men) will need to shell out BD10 to get in. Winning the crowd at Wrangler Bar at The Juffair Grand Hotel on the same night is DJ Muniklip. It’d be wise to be there at 9pm. On May 4, Damian D’Costa ignites the party season at Cocoon Lounge here with a journey through the different nuances of pure tech house. Chris B shows the lounge’s patrons a good time on May 9. Bringing forward exquisite talent from our home ground, this venue will host a gig by iLL Communications on May 11. The Balaeric party continues on May 18. They wind up the buzz on May 23 with none other than Greg Stainer. DJ Patrick Hagenaar is back at Coral Bay on May 25 to remind Bahrain what the brand name Housexy truly stands for. Men, grab your tickets at BD5. No matter how people try to convince you otherwise, the biggest event of the month is the Champions League finals; and there’s no other way about it than to catch it with your mates at Dublin at Ramee Palace or Boatyard Bar at Al Bander Hotel & Resort as they seem to know how to make a hue and cry about it. Theme nights While the search for Miss Bedrock continues every Wednesday night, the nightclub is all charged up this month to bring back the Lumina glow party on May 10 and bring home an international guest DJ from UK on May 31. Not so far away, Club Buffalo, also at Ramee California Hotel, shows them who is boss with the return of Lost in Paradise on May 18. Get jamming with resident band Cache Superstar during the American week, May 20-26, and drink up at shockingly low prices. Comedy tour The UK is known for its brilliant comedy scene and wonderfully humorous comedians. A selection of them have been flying to Bahrain recently to entertain the crowds as part of a comedy road show that visits three of the island’s favourite venues, Kicks at the Hotel Diva, Champs at the Juffair Grand Hotel and Corners at the Dragon Hotel and Resort. This month the comedy club brings you comedy circuit veterans, John Moloney and Carl Hutchinson from May 17-18.

John Moloney

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afterdarkhappenings BUSHIDO

Three Years of Surprises Buddha Bar network and for our anniversary, we need to go back to our roots. The success of the chain started 14 years ago, and we hope to see the same enthusiasm here after a decade. Our idea is to bring in new concepts continuously; we will keep innovating as time passes by.” Pre-sale tickets for this event come at BD10 (regular) and BD20 (VIP). Latecomers can get regular tickets at the door for BD15 and VIP passes come up to BD45. High-flyers can book a table for six for BD300 (including passes) and get two regular bottles and snacks on the house. A VIP table for eight will cost you BD450 (including passes); you’ll be served two premium bottles and snacks. Save the date — June 7. The uncontested master of lounge music, DJ Ravin spices his mixes with the latest dance fusions. Aware of the evolution of house and Latin grooves in club music, Carlos Campos brings the hottest tracks to the dance floor on this night. Are you ready to set your feet on fire? Ladies’ night For those of us who can’t wait till June to be partying at Bushido, they have yet another Pink Friday party organised for all you gorgeous ladies in town. Test your luck on May 25 as they give you the chance to win a high-end fashion product worth BD300. What are you hoping for — Christian Louboutin? Dolce & Gabbana? Burberry? A leading restaurantlounge in the Kingdom turns three this month; and they want you to be part of the festivity.

If you think of the biggest and best nightlife events that have come to the shores of Bahrain in the past three years, including the smashing FTV after party held late last month that drove the party crowd wild, there is one name that will stand out — Bushido. The extravagant venue that replicates the way of the warrior has shown the island that the Japanese cuisine and culture is more than what meets the eye. The lounge-restaurant that took no less than a few days of its opening to become a local favourite turns three this month. “We missed out on our second anniversary last year; we will definitely not miss the third one,” says Nicolas Budzynski, general manager. “We want everyone in Bahrain to come and party with us, as it’s always a celebration to see that one more year has passed. A lot has been achieved in three years, not always easily; we are happy to see that growth of the Bushido spirit in Bahrain.” International DJs For this event, this hub of entertainment will throw a bash like they have now proved they know how to do. There isn’t a better way to ignite the night of festivity than welcoming two DJs from their sister properties in Paris, Buddha Bar and Barrio Latino. That’s right, they reel in DJ Ravin and Carlos Campos who helped Bushido show the nation what a real party is like. Bringing home a mix of world and Latino vibes, the masters of mixes promise to make June 7 a night you can never forget. Dara Singh, resident DJ states, “Bushido is a part of the

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DJ Ravin


CORAL BAY

By the Beach

You needn’t always go half way across the Kingdom to spend a good time by the beach. There’s a hideout in the heart of the city that will blow your mind.

The weather is beautiful and what better way to spend your days than out facing the clear turquoise waters of Bahrain? What if there was a place right here in Manama where you could enjoy this luxury and more? Coral Bay at the King Faisal Corniche boasts a venue that is home to non-stop action. Karma Lounge is your answer to the perfect timeout. Enjoy drinks with friends while listening to the hottest beats mixed by live local and international DJs at this chilled-out spot by the beach. If you’re in for a great evening, head over to the terrace where you can sit back and gaze up at the stars or cool off within its stylish interior space, all with captivating views of the Arabian Sea shimmering under the moonlight. On the menu Situated along the Manama Bay, with a backdrop of the Muharraq skyline and a view of the sea, this venue makes the perfect setting for any kind of gathering. The success of any get-together depends on the food and drinks served. Karma Lounge will not disappoint in this department either. It is renowned for its fresh fruit cocktails and light beachside fare of salads, sandwiches and seafood apart from its extensive

barbeque menu. Dine alfresco under the stars or enjoy the warm rays of the sun on the Karma terrace which is located by the pool, just metres away from the beach. Alternatively, you can sit inside and enjoy the cool ambience and soothing sea views. No matter where you choose to unwind, it is guaranteed that you’ll be able to enjoy your time here with incredible music in a relaxing atmosphere. Their catering service can bring everything from delicious canapés and grills to waiting staff and bartenders to make your party at home a professional and smashing success. They even have specially customised menus for kids’ parties and corporate events. If you are looking for your gig to be memorable, Karma Lounge is the answer. Open daily from 9am-6pm on weekdays and from 9am to midnight on weekends; they invite you to join them between June 8 and July 1 as they screen the first Euro 2012 match live on their big screens. Be part of Mingle Saturdays here from 2pm onwards with DJ Miled by the turntable while you indulge in a spectacular BBQ lunch at BD5. It would be wise to reserve tables. E Call 17 312-700 or 39 777-701.

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afterdarkhappenings RAMEE CALIFORNIA HOTEL

Where Stars Shine

We spoke to the team of artists that made one of the leading party hubs of Bahrain what it is today. Find out what else is on this month. RAMEE PALACE HOTEL

Curiouser and Curiouser Grand Prix month is always a hard act to follow, but one club is doing their best to ensure the party continues all the way through to Memorial Day weekend.

“We don’t know how else to put it; it was an amazing experience opening for such an amazing nightspot,” says Ray St Hilaire, band leader of Cache Superstar, the resident band at Club Buffalo. The key to a matchless gig night after night is great teamwork. That is exactly what this septet has got right from the beginning. Another advantage of these musicians that has shocked party-goers in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Bangkok in the past year alone is the fact that they are all extremely multi-talented and can take up any role on stage depending on their genre of expertise. If you thought they were great when they played for the first time at this Wild West-themed parlour, wait till you see what they have arranged for you this time around. “I think this has been our strongest line-up as far as the show is concerned. We are expanding our repertoire in terms of styles of music and the audience can expect better choreography as well,” he said. To catch them at their best, join them on May 18 as the venue hosts Buffalo Lost in Paradise II. The unlimited drinks package comes at a price of BD15. If you’ve worked up an appetite with all that jumping around, try out their dinner set at BD8 with a free drink. Where the party is at May 10 is your night to glow as the Lumina glow stick party makes a comeback. We hear an international DJ will grace the venue with his presence on May 31. Grab your tickets at BD5. E Call 17 826-001, 33 731-000 or 36 131-020.

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Resident Canadian band at Dublin, Hot Beats, take to the stage five nights a week with one unified objective — to entertain. On the sixth night, every Saturday, it’s ‘jam night’, when the entertained become the entertainers, a concept which has unearthed the vast depth of Bahrain’s talent, or at least a willingness to try. From singers to saxophonists, hundreds of jammers have graced the Dublin stage over the past three years and the flood gates have just opened. Seize your chance to perform on stage simply by showing up. On May 17, it’s the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with all the usual contenders in attendance. Jam tarts will be available in abundance, alongside a full three-course menu available for BD8 including a beverage. Those in costume will surely be rewarded with some liquid refreshment, but simply showing up should guarantee an evening of mayhem. Sports fanatics Don’t miss all the biggest games throughout the month of May, with every minute shown live and large on the big screen. Notable highlights include the UEFA Champion’s League Final on May 19, with Bayern Munich hosting Chelsea in the first ‘home game’ in history. This is preceded by the FA Cup Final on May 5 when Chelsea will be looking to gain some momentum against a Liverpool team simply hoping to regain some pride. Throw in the closing stages of all of Europe’s top leagues and it is sure to be a veritable feast of football before the showcase that is UEFA Euro 2012 kicks off on June 8. E Call 39 736-547 or visit Facebook.com/Dublin Club Bahrain.


PARS INTERNATIONAL HOTEL

Latino Grooves Infectious live music, southern American dishes and an enticing dance floor all combine to create a vivacious venue that is entirely unique.

Home to numerous venues housed under one roof, Pars International Hotel in Juffair is high on the list for anyone seeking a good night of food, fun and entertainment. In particular, a visit to Latin Quarter, located on the first floor, is a must if you are a fan of the colourful world of South America. The venue has gone all out to ensure it is indicative of a Latino bar/restaurant. The walls, although jet-black, are embellished with bright and colourful southern American flags and a lively lighting system makes you feel as if you are in a retro disco environment. If you are at the venue to drink, you won’t be disappointed with the huge selection of alluring cocktails. Whichever spirit you tend to opt for will be available to you with a distinctly flavoursome and exotic twist. The dining menu is also expansive; at least ten varying options are available including the expected dish of cheesy chicken nachos and a refreshing tomato and mozzarella salad. You can follow your appetiser with a choice of soups or a hearty salad in a variety of styles, before moving on to the main course of typical Hispanic delights fused with American dishes. The enchiladas can be served with either beef or chicken depending on your likes. Another good choice is the large portion of ‘land and sea rice’ — rice infused with meat and fish

and accompanied by a salad. There are also seafood and vegetarian options to indulge in, and if you finish with space in your stomach, you can wind up with a dessert; brownies, icecream and much more. But the highlight of an evening spent at Latin Quarter has to be the Columbian band. Prior to kick-starting their nightly performance, the band members circle the room introducing themselves to each and every diner, which is a welcoming touch. A medium-sized stage is the focal point of the venue, which the four-piece band dominates with their Latino tones. Aptly named ‘Sabor Latino’, the band provides merriment from 9pm every evening and sing, dance and impress on their typically-Columbian instruments. It’s hard not to become thoroughly absorbed in it, and you may even find yourself up and dancing after a few cocktails. The venue is open daily until 2am, so there is no reason why you can’t start and end your night here. And if dancing is your thing, you are in the right place. Latin Quarter offers professional dance classes from Arthur. His repertoire is inclusive of ballroom dancing, which he explains includes the waltz, foxtrot, tango, swing, and of course salsa. The classes are unpretentious and you are guaranteed a good time in addition to getting fit and learning how to move. E Call 17 814-777.

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afterdarkthemenights monday Theme? Snapshot Night Venue? Dublin, Ramee Palace Get selected shots and shooters at half price all night. E Call 39 736-547. Theme? Bubblicious Venue? Klub 360, Elite Crystal Hotel Win complimentary champagne with every premium bottle. E Call 33 360-300. Theme? Mussels and Fries Venue? Tapas Bar, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq If you love seafood, you know you just can;t have enough mussels. E Call 17 636-363.

sunday Theme? Spanish Tapas Night Venue? Tapas Bar, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Drink up a Spanish beverage served with a selection of tapas. E Call 17 636-363. Theme? FBI Night Venue? Harvesters Pub, Crowne Plaza It’s half the price for all in the food and beverage industry. E Call 17 531-122. Theme? The Generation Game Venue? Kicks, Hotel Diva Spin the wheel; hear tracks from the decade it lands on. E Call 17 810-555. Theme? Guitar Hero Venue? Davy Crockett’s, Hotel Diva Your chance to be a rock star; get on stage, prove yourself E Call 17 810-555. Theme? Lucky Night Venue? Casa Bar, Mercure Grand Choose a colour; win free drinks all night. E Call 17 584-400. Theme? Beer Night Venue? Rocky's Café, Ramee International Hotel Get any draft of international beer at just BD2. E Call 39 413-677. Theme? Fizzy Sunday Venue? Club Buffalo, Ramee California Get international beer for just BD2 from 9pm until midnight. E Call 17 826-001.

Theme? The K-Factor Venue? Kicks, Hotel Diva Join them for Karaoke night; ladies get free drinks. E Call 17 810-555.

Theme? Couples’ Night Venue? Latin Quarter, Pars International The lady is welcomed with a drink. Buy two, get one free. E Call 17 814-777. Theme? Double-up Tuesdays Venue? JJ’s Irish Make your drink, spirit or mixer, a double for only BD1 extra. E Call 17 717-370. Theme? Wine tasting Venue? Vintage Wine Bar, Gulf Hotel Introducing table-side wine tastings accompanied by canapés. E Call 17 746-461. Theme? Paella Party Venue? Tapas Bar, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Take a trip to Spain with one bite of the authentic Valencian dish. E Call 17 636-363.

wednesday

Theme? Mad Wall Street Night Venue? Downtown, InterContinental Regency Unbelievable prices for drinks during the band’s intermissions. E Call 17 227-777.

thursday Theme? Latino Night Venue? Block 338 Latin Soul performs from 9pm2am with a touch of the Arabian. E Call 17 710-338. Theme? R&B Night Venue? Cocoon Lounge Ladies raise your glasses for free bubbly all night long. E Call 17 827-600. Theme? Latino Night Venue? Tapas Bar, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq At BD15++, you'll find all things hispanic here from 7-11pm. E Call 17 636-363.

Theme? Mis-Sense Venue? Davy Crockett’s, Hotel Diva A twist to karaoke, jam live on stage with the band. E Call 17 810-555.

Theme? Oysters and Chablis Night Venue? Tapas Bar, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Wash down all those exotic flavours with some dry white wine. E Call 17 636-363.

Theme? Shooters Night Venue? Rocky's Café, Ramee Int'l Hotel Keep the jagermeisters and sambucas coming at BD2. E Call 39 413-677.

Theme? Pitcher Night Venue? Harvesters Pub, Crowne Plaza At their price, there’s no stopping at one pitcher tonight. E Call 17 531-122.

Theme? Cocktail night Venue? Davy Crockett’s, Hotel Diva Begin the weekend with freshly made cocktails from 5pm-10pm. E Call 17 810-555.

Theme? Quiz Night Venue? Kicks, Hotel Diva Ladies receive five Kicks pounds at the door to redeem five drinks. E Call 17 810-555.

Theme? Hawaiian Night Venue? Boomers, Pars International Dance to the live performance by Simple Notes. E Call 17 814-777.

Theme? Microphone Madness Venue? JJ’s Irish Get in the spotlight and relish in your four minutes of fame. E Call 17 717-370. Theme? Shooters and Shots Venue? Club Buffalo, Ramee California Down jagerbombs and Sambucas at BD2 all night long. E Call 17 826-001. Theme? Monday Martinis Venue? Shift 7, Elite Resort & Spa Load up on the martinis at just BD2 each. E Call 17 313-333.

tuesday Theme? Karaoke Night Venue? Harvesters Pub, Crowne Plaza It’s all about music and cocktails; buy one, get one free. E Call 17 531-122.

Theme? Cocktail Night Venue? Zodiac Lounge, Elite Grand "Another round here" is all you can hear tonight. E Call 17 565-888. Theme? Dollar Giveaway Venue? Davy Crockett’s, Hotel Diva Present five DC dollars to get five selected drinks from 8pm-1am. E Call 17 810-555. Theme? FBI Wednesday Venue? Club Buffalo, Ramee California Hit their Facebook page for details on this new theme night. E Call 17 826-001.

Theme? Double Trouble Venue? Kicks, Hotel Diva Enjoy doubles for the price of singles. E Call 17 810-555.

Theme? Fabulous Fridays Venue? Davy Crockett’s, Hotel Diva Wait for the sound of the klaxon when prices dive to just BD1. E Call 17 810-555. Theme? Mexican Night Venue? Latin Quarter, Pars International Get tequilas and margaritas at low prices. You’ll be asking for more. E Call 17 814-777. Theme? Karaoke night Venue? Champs, Best Western Sure it’s a sports bars; but singing isn’t an evil. Or is it? E Call 17 827-600. Theme? Beer fest Venue? Karma lounge, Coral Bay Poolside parties don’t get better than with DJ Sami. E Call 39 777-701. Theme? The Friday Affair Venue? Club Buffalo, Ramee California DJ Johnny and resident band Deluxe keep you dancing all night. E Call 17 826-001. Theme? Crazy Crew Night Venue? Downtown, InterContinental Regency Flash your crew ID; get 50 per cent off your drinks from 9pm. E Call 17 227-777. Theme? Rehab Venue? Bora Bora, Elite Crystal Hotel Step into a lush oasis for the most lavish pool party in town. E Call 36 147-779.

Theme? Cuban Night Venue? Latin Quarter, Pars International Ladies get unlimited mojitos on the house till midnight. E Call 17 814-777. Theme? Temptations Night Venue? Déjà Vu Lounge Listen to the best of R&B and hip-hop tonight. E Call 13 657-770.

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saturday Theme? Latin Night Venue? Muju, Dragon Hotel & Resort They combine a one-hour dance class with a spicy fiesta. E Call 16 031-111.

Theme? Karaoke Night Venue? Kicks, Hotel Diva We hear they’re serving a brunch to die for. The singing begins at 5pm. E Call 17 810-555.

Theme? Karaoke Night Venue? Harvesters Pub, Crowne Plaza Buy one cocktail of your choice; get a second absolutely free. E Call 17 531-122.

Theme? Quiz Night Venue? JJ's Irish Win great prizes for each round. Are you smarter than a DJ? E Call 17 717-370.

Theme? Tijuana Tuesday Venue? Dublin, Ramee Palace Get selected tequila at half the price all night long. E Call 39 736-547.

Theme? Art.Haus Venue? JJ’s Music Hall It's always been about music at this venue. Find out why. E Call 17 717-370.

Theme? Drink All You Can Venue? Zodiac Lounge, Elite Grand It's unlimited selected beverages tonight at BD10. E Call 17 565-888.

Theme? Groovin' Venue? Cocoon Lounge Dance to old school hip-hop and R&B with DJ Alex B and DJ25. E Call 17 827-600.

Theme? Shooters Night Venue? Casa Bar, Mercure Grand Get free shots for every alcoholic beverage you buy. E Call 17 584-400.

Theme? Jammers Night Venue? Harvesters Pub, Crowne Plaza Guests get the chance to jam with the live band. E Call 17 531-122.

Theme? Salsa Night Venue? Casa Bar, Mercure Grand Put your dancing shoes on for their Latino dance classes. E Call 17 584-400.

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venuelisting Bar Boomers Champs Diggers Enigma Fiddlers Green Maguire’s Moodz Club

17 814-777 17 827-600 17 224-000 17 297-000 17 525-263 17 716-999 17 849-111

Disco Bedrock Club Euphoria Tabasco Charlie’s Twister

17 826-001 17 727-230 17 224-242 17 296-660

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DJ Joachim Garraud At Bushido French DJ Joachim Garraud, one of the world's top DJ's gave party goers a night to remember at Bushido in Seef. BoConcept was the official partner for the event and partygoers got a chance to win BD2,000 worth of Urban Design prizes

DJ Joachim Garraud

Shahid, Mara, Rob, Leon & Nicolas

Lounge Bar Amber Bar An Nada Barcode Boudoir Lounge Brazil Lounge Burlington Club Bushido Casa Bar Champions Lounge Cocoon Lounge Déjà Vu Downtown Flamingo Bar It’s Trendy L’Bar Latin Quarter Le Bellevue Muju Shift7 Tapas Bar The Boatyard Bar Trader Vic’s Typhoon Vintage Wine Bar Zodiac Lounge

17 636-419 17 533-533 17 229-179 17 171-222 36 161-650 17 580-000 17 583-555 17 584-400 17 360-000 17 827-600 13 657-770 17 227-777 17 460-056 17 727-230 17 567-222 17 814-777 17 298-008 16 039-800 17 313-333 17 636-363 17 701-201 17 586-555 17 746-395 17 746-461 17 565-888

Navneet, Nicolas & Lalit

Gaby, Michelle & Petra

Beverly, Jawad, Marta, Jo & Vera

Sana & Khaldoon

Hassan & Mahnoor

Mawahib & Mariam

Moe & Louise

Rob & Ellen

Night Club Glamour Lounge Klub 360 Tempo VIP Club Wrangler Z Club

17 827-999 33 360-300 17 296-699 17 365-999 17 827-600 17 814-777

Pub Restaurant Club Buffalo Club F1 Davy Crockett’s Dublin Harvesters Henry’s Café JJ’s Irish Kicks Rocky's Café Sherlock Holmes The Exchange The K Lounge The Warbler

Suman & Diane 17 826-001 17 296-464 17 810-555 17 811-688 17 531-122 17 716-999 17 742-323 17 810-555 17 727-230 17 712-450 17 742-000 17 360-000 17 290-600

Julia & Elina

Alexsandra & Makiela

Sports Bar Chillers C. Club Corners Cosmo Lounge Legends Olympic Sports Bar Polo Lounge Tracks Sports Bar

17 296-660 17 535-000 16 031-113 17 727-230 17 826-001 17 290-600 17 725-000 17 531-122 Hussam & Hazim

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Trader Vic's Cooking Classes Trader Vic's, at the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Hotel & Spa held a cooking class for a number of amateur chef's at the lounge last month. The classes were taken by Chef Augustine Gomes Elena, Rowena & Gemma

Ishan, Marta & Carmen

Prince & Jessica

Particpants with Chef Gomes & Alfredo

Chef Gomes & Alfredo

Haddad Motors Happenings Al Haddad Motors, the sole distributor of Mercedes-Benz in the kingdom enrolled in the Circle of Excellence award program. Hassan Al Shajarah has been nominated one of the top 20 performances in the region. As a part of the Circle of Excellence his performance was measured based on customer feedback over the last six month. Al Haddad Motors also held a first of its kind roadshow for its valued commercial vehicle fleet customers. The objective of this initiative was to send valued fleet staff customers a “Field Force� team comprising of service and parts specialists of Al Haddad Motors along with a Mercedes-Benz factory expert from Germany to support their operations and inspect their fleet vehicles on the sites itself. The proactive team formed the roadshow around the kingdom performing mobile workshop services and offered valued customers free vehicle inspections checks and diagnosis, drivers training on Mercedes-Benz trucks, maintenance and repair technical advice and tips

Hassan Al Shajarah & Graeme Newport, Al Haddad Motors general manager

Al Haddad Motors 'Field Force' team members

The Field Force members at work

Run/Walk For Autism Charity Event The Run/Walk for Autism charity event took place at Prince Khalifa bin Salman Park in Hidd last month. The event was organised Expressions Marketing Communications, with all proceeds going towards the Ria Centre in Adliya

Laila, Shahid & Ebrahim

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Aseel & Adnan

Yvonne & Fatima

Saleh, Maria, Divina & Jen-e

Hilde & Adrian

Mohammed

Mai & Robert

Nasser


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What’s New Edited by Alison Coldridge

Brazen lady You want a watch that will make people stop and stare and want what you have. This watch from Rochas Paris is it. The gold strap and outline flaunts its luxury whilst the pearl and crystal-studded face are subtle ladylike touches. Available at A La Mode.

Never-old classic Thierry Mugler is famous for its musky, yet sweet, and thoroughly intoxicating perfume Alien. This season, the brand has launched a new limited edition version, opulently encapsulated in a gold-spun bottle. Available at leading outlets.

‘It’ Bag Stripes are the thing right now; check the catwalks if you don’t believe us. This bag from Accessorize is particularly perfect incorporating summer shades in a decidedly fun manner, leaving you with the perfect day — or beach — partner. Available at Accessorize.

Model designs As the summer months fast approach a discreet and light camera is just what you need to capture those memorable moments. This slim and stylish design has the ability to take great photos and record HD movies plus boasting a 5x optical zoom. Available at leading outlets.

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marketplace ASIA JEWELLERS

Minimalist Elegance

A timepiece needs to be both functional and visually appealing, qualities which one renowned watchmaker maintains throughout all of its varying collections.

As one of the worlds most luxurious fashion brands, over the past 90 years Gucci has become synonymous with quality, Italian craftsmanship and fashion authority. In addition to its fashion line, the company has been manufacturing beautiful timepieces for many years, capturing each quality and function that a Gucci customer desires from a watch. Each timepiece is Swiss-made and timeless in every sense of the word. If you purchase a style today then most probably you will still be wearing it in years to come; designed to stand the test in time in both durability and style, a Gucci watch is unbeatable. For him Gentlemen can shine with the G-Chrono collection; a pair of watches that enhance any outfit and provide the only accessory you need. These watches were designed to offer a unique interpretation of excess, with a seemingly simple design from afar, but up close you will notice the great amount of detail and information the style holds. The 44 mm case together with an iconic extra large G-shaped bezel features overstated push buttons that combine to form a powerful statement of personality. For her First introduced in the late ‘60s, the famous Gucci ‘G’ quickly became a worldwide sensation. It has been elegantly revisited in this stainless steel timepiece, which is also available with an edgy ‘total black’ look. E Call 17 581-444.

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ASIA JEWELLERS

Quintessential Watchmaking

Choose a watch that suits the lifestyle you lead; whether you want a style that can be worn all day or a design that can withstand water and be your sporting companion.

This classically English brand has been designing exquisite watches for over 300 years, firmly establishing itself as a master watchmaking company. Each piece uses Swiss anchor movement and is a unique and well thought out concept. Bold yet unimposing, these two designs are highlights of the current collection. The Silverstone Stowe Classic Gold stands out with red gold enhancements and is encrusted with 28 jewels. The face is large with easy to read numbers plus the watch boasts a flexible, and comfortable, rubber wrist strap. Features include the date (at 7 o’clock), a water resistance of up to 330 feet plus a column wheel chronograph with seconds and a 30 minutes counter. Whilst the Silverstone Stowe Classic Gold is ideal for daily wear the Chronofighter Oversize Diver suits all those with a passion for watersports. This style is water resistant up to 1000 feet; ideal for keeping track of your time spent submerged with both the time and the inbuilt stopwatch. Additional features include a helium escape valve, the date and a power reserve of 48 hours. The case is steel with a black BVD bezel and a rotating rim to measure decompression time.

New ambassador CJ Wilson, proud Graham Ambassador and a major league baseball pitcher, brings a new edge to the Graham family. CJ is the first professional baseball player to be signed as a brand Ambassador for Graham, strengthening the brand’s presence in worldwide sports culture. CJ is also the owner of CJ Wilson Racing, which continues the long motorsports heritage of the Graham brand. The motorsports and racing legacy is a defining feature that drew CJ to the brand initially. “I like that Graham has connections to motorsports. For me, that sends the message that they're serious about precision and performance, not just style,” says Wilson. “The Graham brand is bold — and for me standing out is important. I feel boldness — when combined with style — really sets more personality into each design element.” E Call 17 535-344.

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marketplace MASSIMO DUTTI

Timeless Elegance Get prepped for the summer by updating your wardrobe with the most fashionable trends out there. Keep ahead of the game while retaining an essence of sophistication and style.

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Massimo Dutti cleverly styles your summer wardrobe with minimal effort required on your behalf. The season’s hot trends are noticeable; pastel shades are intermingled with bold and timeless pieces for an effortless wardrobe that will work from day to night. There is an appearance of nautical notes — a summer classic — seen in sailor-inspired pieces, striped tees, loafers for men, and a red-white-blue colour scheme. Also dominant in the collection are the luxe accessories, designed to give your outfit an additional touch of class. Grab a printed scarf to tie to a bag or to loosely loop around your neck for a simple style statement. Ladies can select from wardrobe staples; fitted shift dresses, silk blouses, peg-leg trousers, striped tops and denim essentials. And men can opt for checked shirts, polo shirts, linen blazers and vintage-inspired hats for a constant up-to-date appearance. All of the classic cuts have been updated to fit this season’s concepts, with contemporary prints and colours used for that catwalk-fresh look. E Call 17 583-230 (Seef Mall) or 17 172-325 (Bahrain City Centre).


CHARLES AND KEITH

Urban

Essentials A woman’s wardrobe should be all about options. One day you may feel like leaning towards safari-chic, then the next you may crave colour. You may as well have it all! Get ready to come face to face with some seriously cool footwear and accessories at Charles and Keith this month. Whilst retaining its classic and sophisticated styles, the brand has also branched out to inject summer-inspired pieces, ideal for any city girl. Earthy tones and leather shades are dominant and will last the test of time taking you from one season to another; grab the spacious square tote bag to house all of your daily essentials and strap your feet into a pair of subtly-striped beachy wedges. A tan vintage-influenced satchel is a wardrobe essential and a brown pair of wedges is spruced up with an emerald green block. Or add a pop of colour; hot pink heels with a soft sheen will look fantastic with your little black dress and an across-body royal blue bag will serve as a great contrast accessory. Finish the look with a pair of purple-rimmed sunglasses, and voila!, you are summer ready. E Call 16 686-206 (Bahrain City Centre), 16 686-226 (Seef Mall) and 16 686-230 (Isa Town Mall)

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marketplace DUNE

Boldly Forward Don’t hide behind dull and uninspiring accessories; this summer burst with colour and vitality from head to toe. Don colourful footwear and bags to brighten up every day. Whether you are secretly a pink girl at heart or love a touch of snakeskin, Dune literally has every trend out there lining its perfectly merchandised shelves this summer. You can channel the metallic trend and opt for a golden pair of heels or flats, ideal for wearing all day and night. Or add a splash of hot pink and orange with a killer pair, that effortlessly carries off the colour block trend. Finally, if you want to make a statement or spice up an outfit, grab a patterned pair of stilettos. Polka dots are cutesy and fun, snakeskin is a bit more daring and a floral bow-adorned pair is ideal for summer weddings and garden parties. For more casual everyday wear, Dune boasts many differing styles of flats and sandals, ideal for wearing at the office or on the beach. The faux animal pair is a particular highlight of the collection, and whilst bang on trend at the moment, this pair will take many more seasons to truly be out of fashion. To give your feet a pinch of moral support, partner them up with a ‘look at me’ clutch bag that will be the envy of all your friends. Be it beaded or covered with a snakeskin effect, a stylised clutch will effortlessly accompany any outfit you decide to rock. E Call 16 686-215 (Bahrain City Centre) or 16 686-225 (Seef Mall).

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NATURALIZER

Fashioning Comfort We all love to be seen in fashion savvy shoes that will keep us upright all day and night, but there is no need to brave it in pain when you can combine comfort with style. Dedicated comfort brand Naturalizer has only one aim; to design women’s shoes that are as beautiful as they feel. The combination of designs fill the brand’s stores with styles that are great for more dressy occasions, for wearing all day in the office, for exercising in and for generally feeling great in. The new collection screams ‘fashion’ with the most up-to-date hues, patterns and styles fused with the Naturalizer comfort. Aztec prints and patterns adorn wedges, clogs and chunky heels for a very 70s vibe that translates incredibly well onto shoes. Colours evoke tribal inspiration, with burnt oranges, bronzed browns, sun-setting reds and deep blues. And no matter your shoe size — even if it is slightly unusual — Naturalizer is still one of the few brands in the marketplace that women can turn to for hard-to-find sizes. E Call 16 686-213 (Bahrain City Centre) or 16 686-223 (Seef Mall).

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marketplace BOCONCEPT

Modular Styling

It’s simple to style your home with inspiring furnishings from a quality brand. Opt for contemporary pieces that won’t clutter your home but will leave it cool, calm and sophisticated.

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In a day and age where we are surrounded by colours of every shade imaginable, it can be a refreshing change to go back to the basics and embrace minimalist and contemporary ideas and designs in our homes. Luxury home furnishing brand BoConcept showcases modern collections from a wide range of designers, including this sophisticated and modular seating collection. The Milos sofa is a modern and casual-looking sofa, which plays on the effect of the check pattern and stitches. It is both soft-looking and tight in its expression, with light legs to enhance the modern touch. This particular sofa has had every detail considered. It gives you the freedom of making different sofas from the same units. The sofa concept itself is very manageable and consists of 12 different modules, which can be combined in many different ways. The modules are fully upholstered and the

armrest has the same angle as the back, so wherever you sit will be comfortable. The ottomans, which come in two different sizes, make it possible to create a very flexible solution, so the sofa can be adjusted to the occasion. Try and connect the sofa and the ottoman to create a lounging unit, or use the ottoman freestanding to create seating capacity for even more people. BoConcept offers the Milos sofa in a broad variety of more than 80 different leathers and fabrics, so no matter what your style is, you will be able to find a suitable colour and material. It’s worth noticing, however, that the Milos sofa is especially beautiful covered in leather, where the distinctive stitches stand out even more. Spice up the sleek look of the sofa by adding your own favourite cushions — in a matching or contrasting colour. E Call 17 564-319.


Seville round dining table

Vanity home entertainment unit

Cinetique

ROCHE BOBOIS

Classics and Contemporaries Stylise your living space with a fusion of traditional and modern furnishings; your home will be indisputably unique and inventive, full of your own personal touches.

In a world where vintage inspirations sit comfortably beside modern concepts, there is no longer a need to differentiate between the two, especially in your home décor. Roche Bobois houses two contrasting collections, ‘Les Contemporains’ and ‘Les Nouveaux Classiques’, which can separately adorn thematic rooms or combine to create a space exactly to your personal taste. Both collections offer stylised furnishings ideal for everyday use, to create a comfortable home that is the envy of all your friends. The Les Contemporains collection is bursting with inventive and creative furniture that you have always desired. The collection invites you to be brave and create an inspiring living space with the most avant-garde pieces of today’s design world. Modernise your seating selection with the Cinetique sofa designed by Sacha Lakic. The spacious two-seater chair is upholstered in corrected and pigmented full-grain Tendresse leather providing so much comfort that you will struggle to get up! You can choose between 50 colours so that there will be no trouble including your new addition to fit your existing décor. The Cinetique sofa is inclusive of independent electric mechanisms for the backrests and seats, so you can adjust the

angle to just the way you like it. Also available in this style is an armchair and an ottoman. The Vanity home entertainment unit is another contemporary design, by Luigi Gorgoni. As well as offering copious shelving space, the unit includes lots of storage in the form of drawers and compartments to tidy away your possessions. However, the highlight of the unit is a pull-down screen which is the ideal backdrop on which to screen films to your friends and family. The Les Nouveaux Classiques range includes authentic designs that transcend time and fashion. The line is the product of a reinterpretation of period styles, blending the finest quality natural materials and traditional know-how to create a collection with an authenticity and charm of its own. The Seville round dining table is a classically-influenced object, made from a solid oak cherry wood top and an oxidised wrought iron base. The table is patterned with a Versailles motif and the accompanying chairs boast a worn floral design, reminiscent of a seat you may find in an exquisite old manor. E Call 17 582-901 or visit www.roche-bobois.com.

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marketplace ELITE SEEF RESIDENCE AND HOTEL

Summer Ready Summer is well and truly here, meaning the pressure to look trim and slim is on; get fit and stay that way with an enticing fitness offer from one of the Kingdom’s top gyms. It’s never been more crucial to start a body sculpting fitness regime. Kinetix Health Club at the Elite Seef Residence and Hotel combines the latest in cardio and resistance machines with a first-class Kinesis studio. On hand are professional trainers to guide you through your fitness goals and state-ofthe-art Technogyms’ equipment. The gym is further enhanced by Powerplates and spinning bikes. Club manager Kate Jelley explains that Kinesis uses a range of strength training machines with wires to burn as many calories as possible; “You can perform up to 250 different exercises, many of which can be adapted for beginners and advanced fitness enthusiasts alike. They utilise a cable and floating handle arrangement, which means you can work your muscles in a variety of positions and angles of the exercise you are performing instantly,” she says. This workout produces increased muscular strength and endurance, improved muscular balance and increased coordination with a better core and improved flexibility. Kinetix provides gym-goers with more than just an instructor; a personal trainer can help you devise the right workout plan to meet your goals. Whether it is losing a few pounds, toning up the arms or flattening your stomach, your workouts are sure to be both productive and enjoyable. “The truth about exercise is that there is so much to learn. One way to be sure your workouts are achieving all that they can is to consider working with a trainer. Combining technology with innovation can get results faster than you would achieve independently,” explains Kate. Of course, diet and nutrition are also vital to a fitness regime, and so each personal trainer is a qualified nutritionist that can give you a realistic and manageable plan to maintain. Take a break from your gym routine and energise your body and skin with a visit to the steam room followed by a relaxing swim at the temperature-controlled pool. The new poolside facilities can also be used to kick back, relax and socialise whilst having some fresh juice and food from the menu. This, Kate explains, is a brilliant way to flush the toxins from your body and increase a sense of mental and physical well being. A little encouragement Kinetix is keen to help keep your fitness routine in check with a special promotion. Trimming BD100 off your yearly membership fees, you can now register a single year membership at only BD300. With the new modernisation of the health club, which includes a wide range of sophisticated equipment; head down to Kinetix for a tour of the premises and have your questions answered. E Call 17 583-388.

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BBK

Secure and Safe Living Worrying about the future is something that comes naturally to us all. But with the right insurance and protection plans, there is no reason why you can’t be prepared for every eventuality.

Abdulkarim Ahmed Bucheery

BBK recently launched “SECURA”, a comprehensive new range of bancassurance products. SECURA is BBK’s new insurance brand which comprises an exciting range of insurance and saving plans designed to meet the insurance needs of customers. The creation of the new insurance and saving plans is made possible through BBK’s partnership with Medgulf Allianz Takaful; BBK customers can use a wide range of SECURA products to meet all of their savings and insurance needs. “The launch of SECURA, and our partnership with Medgulf Allianz Takaful, is part of BBK’s continuing effort to provide our customers with a comprehensive range of products and services which satisfy all of their financial needs. We are confident that the SECURA range of bancassurance products is unmatched in the local market,” says BBK’s chief executive A. Karim Bucheery. A whole wealth of plans and products SECURA is ideal for both families and individuals, and offers a wide range of comprehensive protection plans for all causes of concern. EducateSecura is a savings plan designed to cater for children’s education and marriage expenses while at the same time providing protection for the parents. WealthSecura will help you save for the future, by offering a single pay savings and insurance plan with a focus on maximising returns.

If you are looking for a plan which offers high protection limits for you and your family then opt for FamilySecura plan, or choose InvestSecura if you want to save regularly for a secure future. ProtectSecura is a renewable plan, which provides cover against the risk of 11 different critical illnesses, accidental death, and permanent partial and total disability due to accident. ExpressSecura plan is a low-cost life insurance and customisable protection plan with annual premiums starting from only BD 20. The plan has an advantage of being simple, instant and hassle free. AccidentSecura is an ideal insurance product for protection against loss of life and disablement, due to accident. BBK will continue to offer a range of general insurance products (motor, home and travel) with its partner Bahrain Kuwait Insurance Company. Further exciting enhancements are being made to these products and new products will be introduced as well, which will be announced by the bank soon. BBK will now thus have two quality insurance partners for SECURA — Bahrain Kuwait Insurance Company and Medgulf Allianz Takaful. E Call 17 207-777 or visit www.bbkonline.com or email secura@bbkonline.com

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marketplace LIGHTSPEED

Flexible Solutions

Customise your voice and internet packages and get great service, plans and affordability.

Lightspeed Communications, a subsidiary of Orange (France Telecom), is a fast and affordable internet and voice solution for your home and business offering value and flexibility. It’s what everyone wants when exploring internet and telephone packages. You want it custom designed for you and your needs, but not elevating your spending at the same time.Whether you’re looking for options for your home, small business or a large company, there are many packages to suit exactly what you need. Ready, steady, surf! Our versatile packages allow you to go for the basic option if you are a light user, or increase to the unlimited packages so you can browse as much as you wish. The company offers you incredibly fast internet connections at affordable prices, and if you opt for internet and voice together you will save even more. Whether you’re downloading movies, listening to music, streaming the latest football match, or talking on the phone all day, you can choose a plan ideal for your lifestyle. Talk all day If you are a total chatterbox, there is the perfect plan available for you, where you can opt for voice add-ons, which means for a fixed small price you can call for three, six or ten hours to either your landline or mobile per month, offering you more choice for less cost. Additionally, all packages allow free calls from Lightspeed to Lightspeed landlines.

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More calls for less A range of new voice add-ons bring you great deals. Spend BD1 on your landline or BD2 on your mobile and you will receive three hours of talk time; for every BD2 spend on your landline and BD4 on your mobile you will gain six hours; and if you spend BD3 on your landline and BD6 on your mobile you will have ten hours to use. Additionally, there are a number of new packages available, including home and premium residential options and start-up plans for small businesses from as little as BD10 per month. Business VoIP – one clear solution If you are a company requiring corporate voice services, opt for the Business VoIP packages. This option caters to suit all your needs and can be customised depending on your company’s size and business requirements. Choose to have standalone voice, voice with data or voice with internet, with different minutes packages, competitive prices and guaranteed quality of service. Along with the voice service you can benefit from fax, voice to email, fax to email and point of sales services over the channels provided with Business VoIP offer. Lightspeed can additionally offer a virtual PBX solution at your premises at a low cost. You can have a professional solution with different levels and flexible customisation over both standard and advanced voice features. E Call 80 001-111 or visit www.lightspeed.com.bh.


BAHRAIN SPECIALIST HOSPITAL

Free From Pain Bahrain This Month sits down with one of the Kingdom’s top hospitals to discuss the common, but often misunderstood, condition of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Dr Ashootosh Batra

Most of us know that the area in our wrist where the middle nerve enters is called the carpal tunnel. This nerve provides feeling and movement to the palm, thumb, index finger, middle finger and thumb side of the ring finger. But not many people know what carpal tunnel syndrome is. The experts at Bahrain Specialist Hospital (BSH) explain that any swelling in the tunnel pinches the nerve and causes pain, numbness, tingling or weakness, “a sensation that is called carpal tunnel syndrome,” says Dr Ashootosh Batra, a specialist orthopaedic surgeon at BSH. “Studies show that the syndrome is common in people who perform repetitive motions of the hand and wrist,” explains Dr Ashootosh. Typing on a computer keyboard is probably the most common cause of the disease, whilst others include driving, writing, use of tools and even sports like racquetball or handball. “The condition occurs most often in people 30 to 60 years old, and is more common in women than men,” he continues. The symptoms of carpal tunnel are easily detectable and include numbness or tingling in the thumb as well as pain in the wrist which sometimes extends to the elbow. Weakness in the hands, problems with finger movements and coordination, along with a weak grip or difficulty carrying bags are other clear signs to have yourself checked.

“Besides the mentioned symptoms, there are a number of other medical problems associated with carpal tunnel including diabetes, hypothyroidism and obesity. Rheumatoid arthritis and even alcoholism have also been linked,” outlines Dr Ashootosh. Courses of treatment The condition is treated using various methods that offer excellent results. “Starting with a thorough clinical evaluation, medications, splinting and occupational therapy may be all that is needed in some cases. In other cases, injections are given into the carpal tunnel area to relieve symptoms for a period of time,” Dr Ashootosh explains. If this treatment fails then surgical carpal tunnel release is done; a procedure that involves cutting the ligament that is pressing on the nerve. The surgery is performed as a day care procedure at BSH with the patients being discharged the same day. Regular treatment often improves the symptoms but in more than 50 per cent of cases patients will eventually require surgery. “If the condition is treated properly, there are usually no complications. If untreated, the nerve can be damaged, causing permanent weakness, numbness, and tingling,” he warns. E Call 17 812-000.

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marketplace NOVOTEL AL DANA RESORT

Exuding Arabian Charm

Weekends will never be the same for those looking for a relaxing getaway with the exciting new packages now available in the heart of the city.

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Combining the traditional elegance of Middle Eastern architecture with a touch of the contemporary, Novotel Al Dana Resort's tempting offers can make your day a calming escape from the urban bustle. “This month sees the launch of the long-awaited Friday Bonanza,” says Pierre Goudou, general manager at the hotel. “Our all-day dining restaurant, Zytoun, will host a lavish Mediterranean buffet every Friday. What’s more, you are not confined to the four walls of the venue; guests can also take advantage of our beach and swimming pool facilities at the same time.” It’d be a shame to waste such lovely weather by spending all that time indoors. This all-inclusive package of dining and facilities is priced at BD23+ per person.


Novotel offer affordable rates for those who would like to spend their weekend in luxury. You can enjoy a resort experience for BD67 per night, for a double occupancy with two children, inclsive of breakfast for the family. Guests will also have access to complimentary Wi-Fi and the kids can have fun in the children's playground. Le Bellevue Lounge joins in the Friday madness with a Latino theme party, from 8.30pm until midnight, Monday to Saturday. If you like to start your weekend a little earlier than the rest, you can catch up with the hotel’s new resident Filipino band, Two in One Trio, on Wednesday evenings as well. They aren’t the only new faces in the premises, however. Having worked in several countries in Africa and the Middle East, newly-appointed executive chef Jean Pierre brings his expertise into the kitchens of this resort. E Call 17 298-008 or visit www.novotel.com.

Business before pleasure Nine years after its opening, Novotel still manages to maintain the fine balance between corporate matters and leisure activities. Boasting seven fully-equipped meeting rooms, it is strictly business during the week. If you’re hoping to unwind after all that serious talk, head over to their In Balance Wellness Centre and Spa; take a dip in the mineral temperature-controlled pools or take advantage of the steam, sauna and indoor and outdoor jacuzzi facilities. With an internationally-trained and qualified team of spa therapists, the massages and body scrubs here are guaranteed to leave you relaxed and refreshed. Open from 6am-11pm daily, the fitness centre isn’t the only place you can get to show off your athletic side. The resort is renowned for its water sports, from paddle boats to kayaking. At Novotel, it really is fun to stay in the city!

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marketplace AUTOSPA

Unrivaled Car Care Keep your vehicle looking slick and sleek by surrendering it to the capable hands of a detailing service; the finished effect will leave your car looking good as new. Taking care of your car can be time consuming, which is why companies like AutoSpa are here to do it for you. The detailing vehicle ‘spa’ will provide just about any car-cleansing service you desire, and at a high-quality level, leaving your vehicle looking pristine. Keep your car looking clean and cared for, making you proud to be seen in it. Whether your car has been in an accident and needs some TLC or you simply want a makeover, you can choose between detailing, tinting, glazing, waxing and much more. Speak to the attentive staff about what it is you would like done, and they will do everything they can to meet your needs. AutoSpa offers services such as a paintless dent removal, head lamp restoration, chip guard protection and a paint touch-up, all in the large and climate-controlled workshop. There are six dedicated work bays to carry out the servicing, providing plenty of space and all of the equipment needed to complete a thorough job. Plus a prep hall that houses a hydraulic lift for car washing and a four-post lift for under sealing and interior cleaning. To meet your needs, AutoSpa offers various maintenance plans, which you can take advantage of. You can choose an annual plan to ensure that your car looks sleek all year round and retains its cost value; opt for an ‘every month’ or ‘twice a year’ plan. A ‘new car package’ will make your ride something to be proud of. The package can be customised to include tint, a prestige detail four times a year and an unlimited annual superwash. E Call 17 595-971.

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Faces This Month From the fantastic Formula 1 Grand Prix, to nightclubs, from birthday to school sports days, our photographers captured the happy smiling faces of residents enjoying themselves at various locations in and around the kingdom

Rensilla, Shikha, Abigail, Edna & Precious

Kayla, Carter, Mo & Anna

Owen, Laura, Candise Jump for Joy & Shelly!

Yuvraj Singh & Mandeep

Annette, Alex & Eamon

Brandon & Natasha

Rohan & Rebecca

Vivian & Luciano

Bill & Joanna

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Angelica, Precious, Abigail, Jessica, Gabby, Pavithra, Shikha, Lavita, Rensilla, Mary, Edna & Leah Abigail surprise 15th birthday at Pizza Company in Juffair

Regina, Kevin & Hans Jurgen Luy celebrate Kevin's birthday

Jaap & Wendy


AL GHALIA

Fresher Than Ever Good food doesn’t just come from a great kitchen. It comes from an amazing garden. Find out what makes the dishes at Bahrain’s leading restaurants as yummy as they are.

Al Ghalia is a group that may be better known for their high end restaurants. However, one of the secrets of their success is down to the ingredients they use. They insist on locally, naturally grown produce. The chefs at their restaurants know for a fact that they are working with the freshest ingredients in Bahrain, as they come from their very own farm. This means they can be more than confident about what they are dicing, slicing and throwing in to the pan It’s all about freshness Their ethos has always been to support and help the local community grow in creating a viable business that everyone can enjoy and reap the rewards. They have always tried to buy local produce wherever possible. However, they found that you could not always get the sufficient amount or quality of produce required all year round. Al Ghalia Farms was created to allow them to grow quality ingredients in the quantities that they need to support each of their food and beverage outlets. Al Ghalia Farm specialises in using commercial hydroponics to produce a variety of high-quality vegetables, which include lettuces, tomatoes, capsicum peppers, hot chilli and herbs. The methods for growing these plants are pesticide-free, ensuring the produce is fresh and of gourmet-quality; ideal to be delivered daily to restaurants, schools, grocery stores and supermarkets.

Grown locally, grown naturally The Al Ghalia group believes that local is the new organic. The products contain higher nutrient levels and superior flavour as it is picked at the peak of ripeness and delivered fresh locally. They are harvested the same day as they are delivered, meaning they are, at the most, only hours old when they reach you. Compare this with products grown in other areas of the world, where they might have been out of the ground for up to two weeks when they are finally delivered to you. When you buy local products, you get unmatched freshness at steady, competitive prices. The best part is that Al Ghalia Farms’ vegetables stay fresher in your refrigerator for longer. Pick what you need and return the bundle to a cool storage. 2012 will be progressing with even more excellence and a higher standard of quality as Al Ghalia Farms recently received the global GAP and LEAF endorsements. GAP is an international body that sets standards for the certification of agricultural products across the globe. With the support of these credentials, Al Ghalia Farms is today accredited to export internationally. Together with the LEAF qualification, they are devoted and extremely determined to set a higher level of adoption of integrated farm management and set a goal that precedes any other establishment. E Call 17 535-647.

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listingsthismonth Social Clubs

Arts Culture Art Galleries Al Riwaq Art Gallery Albareh Art Gallery Arabesque Art Gallery Art Lounge Ella Art Gallery

17 717-441 17 717-707 17 722-916 17 580-522 17 292-815

Art Galleries & Framing

Bahrain Art Framing Centre 17 717165 Lamarkiz Framing & Gallery 17 596-284

Arts & Cultural Groups

Alliance Française 17 683-295 Bahrain Arts Society 17 590-562 Contemporary Art Society 3 9224-002 Historical & Archaeological Society 17 727-895 La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art 17 230-123

Crafts

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

Dance

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

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

Bowling

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

Music

Photography

Awali Photo Society 17 764-468 Bahrain Photography Club 17 590-551

Pottery

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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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

Pilates

Racket games

Snooker

Jimmy’s Snooker/Billiards 17 71 6-147

National Associations

Amateur Athletic Association 17 684-905 Badminton & Squash Fed. 17 292-662 Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation 17 836-199 Basketball Association 17 741-010 Bowling Association 17 822-077 17 252-133 Chess Federation 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

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

Museums

Mind Games

American Chamber Comm. 17 580-516 Australian Association 3 9206-432 Bar Society 17 725-665 Bankers’ Society of Bahrain 17 728-003 British Business Forum 3 9651-755 Businessmen’s Association 17 229-009 French Business Club 17 748-999

Al Bayan Society Beit Al Quran Discover Islam

Literature

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

Cricket

Equestrian

Football & Rugby Golf

Karting

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

Dance

Ballet Centre 3 9676-349 Victoria Dance Centre 3 9876-215 World Beat Fitness Centre 17 612-576

Cricket

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)

Banyan Tree Resort & Spa 17 845-000 Crowne Plaza Health Club 17 531-122 17 535-000 Golden Tulip Health Club 17 713-000 Gulf Hotel Health Club Le Mirage, Diplomat Hotel 17 531-666 17 227-777 Regency Fitness Centre 36 270-302 RJ’s, Ramee Int'l Hotel 17 524-570 Sheraton Fitness Sporting Club, Ritz-Carlton 17 580-000 The Gym, Mövenpick Hotel 17 460-000

Kids Fitness Centres

Children’s Health Academy of Specialised Sports (CHAOSS) 17 592-096 17 566-566 My Gym Bahrain

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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

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Apr 21 – May 20 Underneath all the disguises and confused emotions lurk your true feelings about your past; a subject that in most cases you have kept very well hidden up until now. However, someone you’ve chosen to confide in may finally help you to come to terms with what has for so long haunted your thoughts; certain demons we carry with us all our lives simply because we do not possess the courage to confront and exorcise them. In May, you will be given the opportunity to do just that; so, no matter how much it might hurt, grasp this chance with enthusiasm. The number 9 will hold a special key to ambition and success in your preferred field of work, so look out for it when it surfaces. Card of the Month — The Moon For a detailed, personalised Tarotscope reading, contact Raphael by email: raphael@tarotscope.org.uk

GEMINI May 21 – June 22 If you were worried that this year was not turning out as expected, then maybe this month your faith in the world and, in particular your life, will once again be restored. Property problems from April will have by now been pretty much resolved; the light at the end of the tunnel is bright and will engulf you in respect to this project by the middle of the month. There is a positive aura surrounding you and this will inspire those around you as they find your renewed optimism so infectious. A lady of past significance will reappear on the 17th, sparking a row considered long forgotten, back to life and blotting an otherwise perfect copybook for May. Card of the Month —The Sun

Cancer ­June 21 – July 20 Insensitivity is a very painful thing and not an act that you as a Cancerian can often be accused of. Your own star sign is renowned for its affection and generosity of spirit. However, this month you will be accused of hurting the feelings of someone close to you by not identifying exactly what you want from a relationship. Still, doubts introduced into your thoughts by someone who has an ulterior motive to disrupt you are making you think twice over long-term relationship plans. While such intrusiveness is unnecessary, remember no one can put things in your head so stand by your gut feeling. Love cannot be judged with reason or logic; what you feel is all that counts. Card of the Month —The Page of Pentacles

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leo July 23 — August 22 May is going to see you relocating due to work and you may have to say some painful goodbyes to those close to you as you come to terms with a new job, meaning a new location and a new way of life. Under particular threat is a close relationship that will now be put to the ultimate test as a partner announces his or her reluctance to follow you in any type of move. Whether you can continue a serious romance with what is likely to be a sizeable distance between you is very much the topic of debate, especially since you could already have been going through difficult times emotionally. This month will be one of the most difficult of your life; to get through it you must be honest about what you want. Card of the Month —The Three of Wands

Virgo August 21 – September 22 You cannot always satisfy everyone around you and decisions you will be forced to make in May are bound to upset someone affected by the implications of your actions. What you need to do as a person is accept this rather than being concerned with keeping the peace. You have had a rough time emotionally and consequently you may be thinking you deserve a better deal. Life is not just about sacrifice for the sake of others and on occasions it is important to be selfish. After all, without sparing time for yourself and keeping your own needs satisfied, how can you expect others to love you and ever understand you? Things are moving up for you so live a little for yourself rather than anyone else. Card of the Month —The Five of Cups Libra September 21 – October 21 A rebellious member within the family who has taken a dislike to you could cause you a great deal of trouble this month, as your refusal to give into their wishes sees them act in a quite unacceptable manner. You need to keep your wits about you and also refrain from losing your temper since this could play into their hands. Knowledge of a dishonest act this person has been involved in will reach you towards the end of the month and turn the tables in your favour. Consequently, wait your moment and just allow whatever tantrums or conflicts that do occur to ride over you until you have the necessary ammunition at your disposal to retaliate. Then you’ll see how sweet revenge really can be. Card of the Month — The Page of Wands

Scorpio October 22 – November 21 For many cultures, May is considered harvest time and it will provide a very special harvest for you as you reap the rewards of past financial investments. Money that you put aside some time ago will mature and offer a good return that you should now consider cashing in. Don’t allow any element of greed to creep into your thinking; just get out while you’re ahead. On the relationship front, decisions made in April will now be having a strong influence on your thinking and you could find yourself fighting back the tears if the outcome was not as positive as you would have wanted. Card of the Month — The Empress

Sagittarius November 22 – December 21 You will be in your element this month as certain factors come together to return some balance to your life, which had been particularly hectic in March and April. However, this more positive state is only likely if you are honest and, to a certain extent, courageous enough to take a difficult emotional situation in hand and finally lay it to rest. Do this and your mind and life in general will be peaceful and trouble-free, especially where family and close relationships are concerned. On the financial front, you are also due a little good fortune and this may come in the shape of an unexpected bonus at work that boosts your income at the last minute. Card of the Month — Ace of Pentacles


advertisersindex Capricorn ­December 22 — January 18 Sometimes the people we care about most are those that we take for granted and never make any particular effort with. This month, you could still be feeling emotionally low although things will feel like they are picking up a little and you will receive an offer to go away for a few days by someone who has been asking for a while now. They only mean well so don’t dismiss them offhand but instead consider taking up their suggestion. If this person happens to be of the opposite sex, there is also the chance that an unforeseen romance could develop, which might be exactly what both of you need at the moment anyway. So, go with the flow rather than resist against it any further. Card of the Month — The Four of Cups

Fashion & Footwear

Aeropostale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Anne Klein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Charles & Keith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Dune . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 H&M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Mango . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Massimo Dutti . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Naturalizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55

Financial Institutions

BBK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Home & Furnishings

aquarius January 20 – February 18 Good things are promised to you in this month’s prediction as you see your life return to some semblance of order and normality, mainly because you will have found the effort of will to pick yourself up from what was looking to most like the edge of disaster. Financially, you will receive a welcome boost in your bank balance as extra funds make their way into your pocket through your own initiative and hard work. This in turn should elevate your confidence and inspire you to better things both emotionally and at work, where a recent improvement in the working environment will see your attitude towards your job change for the better. News on the 7th will start the ball of good fortune rolling. Card of the Month — The World

pisces ­February 21 – March 20 Money spent on a holiday or recent home improvements will leave your bank balance feeling lightweight and this could have a negative knock-on effect in other areas of your life. You may find that, if you are living with someone, the argument quota rises a little and the pressures put upon you by children will not alleviate the situation any. All in all, things could get to quite a heated state and you will need to have your thoughts in order and your feet firmly on the ground; this is no time for the typical Piscean dreamer to start drifting off to fantasy island in the hope that ignoring what’s going on will make it go away. Don’t be an ostrich and bury your head in the sand, or you will regret it later. Card of the Month — The Nine of Pentacles

BoConcept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Phoenicia Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Roche Bobois . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Hotels & Luxury Apartments

Butterfly Residence. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Elite Seef Residence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Fraser Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel . . . . . . . . . 11 Mövenpick Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Novotel Al Dana Resort . . . . . . . . . . .53,81 Pars International Hotel . . . . . . . . .101,139 Ramada Hotel Bahrain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Ramee California Hotel. . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 Ramee Intl’l Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel. . . . . . 84

Jewellery & Watches

Asia Jewellers (Chanel) . . . . . . . . . . . IFC-1 Asia Jewellers (Raymond Weil) . . . . . . . . 2 Sharif Group (Pierre Cardin) . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Medical & Dental Services

Bahrain Specialist Hospital . . . . . . . . . . 43

Motoring

Al Haddad Motors (Mercedes) . . . . . . . . 45

Aries March 21 – April 20 True romance creeps slowly into your life this May as you seek to occupy yourself elsewhere. In fact, it may come as such a surprise that you could be lost for words initially, as the person who has amorous intentions towards you is not someone you would have expected to take an interest. Still, once the emotions are out in the open, there is no sense in holding back — providing you want to! For those of you who have often wondered if there is such a thing as true love, this could turn out to be it! Leo is most likely to lead the chase but watch out also for a shy Sagittarian who has more than a passing interest. It seems at long last that the pains of past romantic failures are truly behind you. Card of the Month — The Seven of Cups

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FAMOUS Taurus THIS MONTH

Almoayyed Motors (Ford) . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 E. K. Kanoo (Toyota) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Euro Motors (BMW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BC First Motors (Hyundai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 National Car Rental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 National Motors (Homda) . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Zayani Motors (Peugeot). . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

Other Advertisers

Al Ghalia Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Auto Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Bahrain Institute of Hospitality . . . . . . . 88 Coral Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83,119 Gajria Electronics (Olympus) . . . . . . . . . 121 Intercol (Asus) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85,89 Kotler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Lulu Hypermarket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Picture Arabia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 World Beat Fitness Center . . . . . . . . . . 112

Restaurants and Cafés

Aroma Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 Block 338 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 Bushido . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Café Italia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Casa Mexicana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Costa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Jim’s Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Paul Restaurant & Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Roma Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. . . . . . . . . 129

Telecommunications

Batelco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IBC Lightspeed Communications. . . . . . . . . . 19

USA in Bahrain

Ahmed Zayani & Sons (Dodge). . . . . . . . 67 Bennigan’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Chili’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 OXY Petroleum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Ric’s Kountry Kitchen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

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

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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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Naming Rights JAMES CLAIRE A rose by any other name is but a rose; nice saying but it really does not apply to naming our children.

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A rose is not a rose when it’s named Terrence, Tommy, Turtle or Tim. What’s in a name you ask? Well, I could not look my child in the face at birth and name it Constantine, Chuck, Chip, Chester or even Duke. Naming a child, after all, has a profound long-term effect on both parent and child. Life not only starts with the first breath, but a successful life depends on the name given at that time! If you give a child a less than conventional name you’d better pray for their sake that either, she is gorgeously beautiful or that he has the financial genius of a Wall Street tycoon. If you bare the scar of an unconventional name; life is a whole new ball game. Some parents have utopian concepts for their child’s names. This brings something far less than a fairy tale existence for the remainder of the child’s days. Within hours of your birth you have been defined; like a can of peas or a sack of potatoes, you are what you have been labelled until the day you die — no questions, second thoughts or discussion. How your parents choose to name you, defines you. In their eyes you are cute and sweet. Good, bad or indifferent, though, you are and forever will be known as Poppy, River, Dirk, Anishka, Pepper, Moon Unit or Dixie for the rest of your life. I recently met a girl called Lorance and a friend told me about a guy called Hillary. Both people need to sit down and have a heart-to-heart with their parents; thankfully she is absolutely gorgeous and he is a great guy. Perhaps their life has made them this way, having suffered the public scrutiny that most of us shy away from. Our existences go unnoticed because we simply ‘blend-in’ and our names do not scream ‘emergency’. For those who are forced not too blend in, they are stronger in mind and body having dealt with the rest of us asking, “Is that really your name?”

I have no wife but I have been thinking about having kids for a couple of years. I want to call my children names that stick yet do not debilitate them through life — like having their kneecaps removed. Emily is refined and picturesque, a gorgeous name for a little girl. But I dislike someone by that name; so that’s out. If it’s a boy, my parents suggested Benjamin. As I recall Benji was a dog that starred in movies when I was young — no way! But I know how to make our children appreciate their names and to make them strong. My three children will be named Alex, Shane and Margaret. And, if you think that means two boys and a girl, you’re wrong. I plan, through dietary methods, to have two girls and one boy — and in that order. My belief is that with strong names, they will need to defend themselves, becoming stronger adults. Imagine making fun of my son Margaret, he’d beat the brains out of a flea to prove his manhood. As for my daughters Alex and Shane, well, they may be tomboys but they will fight it out in a corporate world with the best of them. Having spent a lifetime with strong names, their nature will be the same. Anyway, for now I’m at a stalemate. No names! No kids! No wife! Last thing I want is to have an unexpected child and have to name it something quickly without thought. How could I live with Rufus, Roger, Reggie, or Rinaldo? I’ll have to pay for schooling so they’d better have names that don’t make me wince every time I call them. Anyway before I worry about baby names, I need to calculate that diet that guarantees I get to have daughters first. I have to have it that way; I want that love of a daughter running with open arms yelling, “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy”, and clinging to my legs like the world will end if she ever lets go. I don’t want to have a son and have to stop him eating dirt, throwing sand at other children or pulling the tails of dogs. Boys are always trouble, I know firsthand! I can’t wait to play with Alex or Shane. Watch out world, my daughters will take this place by storm. But if you ever meet me and the child in the pram is a baby boy, do us both a favour — don’t ask the kid’s name!


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