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Standing Tall

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HAPPENINGS ~ DINING ~ ARTS SCENE ~ CLUBS & SPORTS ~ KIDS’ EVENTS ~ AFTER DARK ~ SAT TV


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Contents May 2013 Cover Story:

56 Standing Tall A veteran of the travel industry in not just the Kingdom but around the region, Jamil Wafa traces his life from a refugee

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in Egypt to a business life in Bahrain.

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

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23 Row Your Boat: Annual spring regatta set to cause a few ripples 24 Tuning up: Bike show courtesy of Harley-Davidson 28 Oriental Presentation: Kathak dance festival tells its own story 32 A Helping Hand: Tips from an experienced life coach 34 Move It: Performing arts show organised by Ballare 36 The Name Game: Bahrain-Philippines basketball bonanza 23-38 Calendar: Events during May

Spotlight:

60 The Heart Manager A pioneer in the treatment of cardiac ailments in the Kingdom, Dr Adel Hamad has only been a heartbeat away from the action throughout a distinguished career.

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62 Game Time Denis Law tells us what he would like to have taken from the modern game and to have experienced during his playing days. Hint: he likes scoring goals!

Business:

65 Building The Future

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132 Bystander At BTM we spent a big chunk of the month down at the Bahrain International Circuit lapping up all the action, both on the track, in the paddock and the vending area. We also celebrated with our friends from Bangladesh, had a ball with the Italians, cuddled up to a Buddy Bear from Germany and supported a charity initiative for Africa.

Alongside this year’s gulfBID exhibition, two shows covering the real estate market and interior design are set to attract large numbers of visitors.

66 Green Tyres The old adage about where there’s muck, there’s money holds true for this enterprise; recycling tyres is a green business with a lot mileage from which to profit.

68 Destination Planning Samy Boukhaled has taken over the helm at the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, with a clear vision as to how to build the brand in the Kingdom.

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Contents May 2013 Fashion:

119 Summer Bargains It’s time to head south! If you thought the shopping mall

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scene meant a trip to Seef, then think again. Riffa is a now a serious destination for the avid shopper.

Downtime: 81 A Square Game: Televisions that take us out of this world 82 Get Sporty: Essential gadgets to keep you in tip-top shape 86 Music: Blast from the past 88 Computer Games: From gears to golf 89 Websites: Something to drool over 90 Apps: All fun and games 91 Movies: Dark skies and trances 92 Sat TV: A house of cards in Madagascar

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Motoring: 111 Exhilarating Performance: Volvo V40 112 Showcase: Mercedes-Benz A250

Dining: 129 Future Fine Dining: Meisei 130 Happenings: Where to dine this month 132 Café Feature: Expanding flavours 143 Showcase: Golestan @ Sheraton Bahrain Hotel

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149 Underground Soul: A night out with Sami Dee 150 Happenings: Where to be seen this month 152 Showcase: Reloaded tribute to Rihanna

Showcase: 124 Personal Finance: Building a nest egg for the future 155 What’s New: Golden shots 156 Marketplace: Latest products and services 30

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This El Nino chap needs someone to have a quiet word in his ear; summer is supposed to have arrived! April showers are not really the order of day in this region, and certainly not towards the end of the month! Weather forecasting was never a profession which I ever considered as a career; it’s nice to be able to get things right once in a while. One person who had a habit of doing so, of being in the right place at the right time, is featured in our spotlight section this month. Denis Law still holds a number of goal scoring records for both Manchester United and Scotland. We spoke to him during his visit to the Kingdom last month, to launch this year’s edition of the VIVA sponsored football tournament for the English Premier League club’s academy. He might have found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, but Jamil Wafa managed to turn that around in some style during the course of his working life. Now retired, he talks about his ‘early’ years and how he arrived in Bahrain. Someone who you would like to be in the right place at the right time is Dr Adel Hamid. A leading cardiac surgeon, you’d certainly want someone with his skills close at hand should the need ever arise. In this issue we run three features covering personal finance, shopping malls and cafés. The advent of new malls, away from the main Seef area, is opening up a world of opportunity for both retailers and consumers. Is it any surprise, therefore, to discover that hot on the heels of these venues is an everexpanding variety of cafés in which to ponder life? If you are worried about damaging your bank balance during the season of summer promotions, then seek out your favourite café and read all about how to increase your wealth in our finance review. The happenings and events scene continues to bubble along quite nicely, with everything from inspirational conferences to sailing regattas to keep us engaged and entertained. Personally, I’ll be heading down to the Gulf Property and Gulf Interiors shows. So, here’s to another month to enjoy the great way of life the Kingdom has to offer!

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Bahrain International eGovernment Forum and Bahrain IT Expo 2013 HE Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology (SCICT), inaugurated the Bahrain International eGovernment Forum 2013 in its sixth edition at the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Hotel & Spa. The forum was organised by the eGovernment Authority (eGA) in cooperation with Bahrain Internet Society and the Project Management Institute (Arabian Gulf). The event was attended by a number of Ministers, experts, decision-makers and specialists in eGovernment and various sectors of Information Technology & Communication Solution Providers

HE Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Minister of State for Communication Affairs, HE Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Finance Minister & HE Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Foreign Minister

Mohammed Al Qaed & HE Shaikh Hisham bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa, Capital Governor

Abdulla, Noor & Imtiaz

Amal, Mona, Sawan & Hussain

Mohammed, Hamad, Ahmed & Rashid

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HE Shaikh Mohamed Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa opens the forum watched by ministers & officials

HE Dr Hassan Fakhro, Industry & Commerce Minister & HE Nabeel Al Hamer

HE Dr Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza, Minister of Energy

Lulwa, Tamara, Mark & Sara

Mohammed Almoayyed & Hassan Kaiksow

Faisal bin Jalal & Mishal Al Ayadhi

Sara, Razan & Nader

HE Sameera Rajab, Minister of State for Information Affairs

Shoukath Ali & Bob Reeder

Rana & Sana

Abdelkarim & Racha

Ahmed & Hussain

Salman, Abdul & Issa

HE Kamal Ahmed, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs

Khalifa Rumaihi

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Fatima & Zainab

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Food & Hospitality & Health & Wellness 2013 Expo Opening Under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Prime Minister, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the fifth Food & Hospitality & the third Health & Wellness Expo was held at the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) last month. The exhibition was opened by HE Dr Hassan Fakhro, Industry and Commerce Minister, and HE Dr Sadiq Al Shahabi, Health Minister

Rabia, Sheena, Sana & Yasmin

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

Ibrahim, Prashant & Aziz

Edwin & Lherelyn

Suhail, Abdulla, Priya, Ebrahim, Pascal, Zainab, Mona, Ashwini & Subash

Fahad, Bashar, Ammar & Rawwaf

Cathie, Huda, Ema, Jassim & Ali

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Bon, Cristalyn & Jamal

Marriam & Fara

Abdulla, Deena, Fatima & Omar

Rohinton, Sakeena, Prakash, Stefan, Indu & Mohammed

Jamal, Olga & Ahmed

Margerita & Haifa

Mohammed, Buthaina & Biju

Ameera & Hanan

Faisal

Adil & Mair

Jameela

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Bangladesh National Day Celebrations HE Mohammed Ali Akbar, Bangladeshi Ambassador & his wife Nasreen Akbar hosted a reception to mark the Independence & National Day of Bangladesh. The event which was attended by HE Ghanim bin Fadel Al Buanien, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, diplomats & VIP guests was held at the InterContinental Regency Bahrain's Al Thurayya Hall

Sajida, Mehdi, HE Mohammed Ali Akbar & Nasreen Akbar

Sadiq Dawani, Jano Mouawad & Abdulla Juma

HE Ghanim bin Fadel Al Buanien & HE Mohammed Ali Akbar with members of the Diplomatic Corps

Sajida, Mehdi, Dr Jihan Al Umran, Nasreen, HE Mohammed Ali Akbar & Dr Dhafer Al Umran

Emily, Samrina, Lima & Ruksana

Hussain & Rashida Tadayon

Abdulla, Tariq, Kabez, Mobin, Raihan & Noorul

Rafia, Farah, Tanima & Nawal

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Fatima, Rehab, Fawzia & Fatima

Nasir & Dil

Abdul Bashar & Swapna

Sajida & Nahid

Nehla

Shahinur, Aklima, Runi, Taharia, Farah & Jannat

Rathna, Rosita & Nadia

Humayun & Lipi

Rehab & Tomoko

Mahir

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Ferrari Evening Before The Races Euro Motors and Ferrari Middle East & Africa held an exclusive reception 'An Evening Before The Races' at the Thai Lounge, Ritz-Carlton Baharin, Hotel & Spa. The event was attended by HE Alberto Vecchi, Italian Ambassador, Ferrari F1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, test driver Pedro de la Rosa, Ferrari team officials, Bernie Ecclestone, F1 Supermo, Euro Motors management and VIP guests

Zayed Al Zayani, Bernie Ecclestone, Khalid Al Zayani & Hamid Al Zayani

HE Alberto & Romina Vecchi, Cristina & Filippo Fantechi

Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa & Pedro de la Rosa

Anood, Bernie, Fabian & Zayed

Paul, Nawaf Al Zayani & Anthony

Bonucchi, Bursi, Mattia, Meher, Stine & Navin

Roly, Nadia, Kirsty & Nadine

Majid Al Zayani & Rashid

Daniel, Meher & George

Hassan, Lina & Heinz

Sari & Puneet

Majeed & Berni

Guests with Ferrari F1 drivers

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Grand Italian Ball 2013 The annual Grand Italian Ball was held at the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa. The masquerade ball was attended by HE Alberto Vecchi, Italian Ambassador, HE Dr Hassan Fakhro, Industry & Commerce Minister & guests

Romina & HE Alberto Vecchi

Shaikh Mohammed, Angela & HE Dr Hassan Fakhro

Bridget & HE Iain Lindsay, British Ambassador

Marie, Ann, Nancy & Enrica

Paul & Candy

Dario, Natasha, Tanya, Vadym & Nina

Catherine & Enrica

Nina & Brett

Romina, Mala & Bridget

Mona Almoayyed & Adel Fakhro

Eva Marie, Maria, Juliana, Christiana, Anita & Claudia

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Alexandro, HE Alberto Vecchi & Filippo

Charbel Hanna, HE Alberto Vecchi, Romina Vecchi & Sami Boukhaled

Jamie & Nadine

Isa, Norma & Jenny

Paula & Raquel

Dogan & Leylan

Beverley & Chris

Cristina & Filippo

Ruchika, Renuka & Sharon

Michael

Nigel & Reema

Burak & Gizem

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class Launch Al Haddad Motors, sole distributors for Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the kingdom held an exclusive launch for the all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The event which was held at Bushido Restaurant was attended by Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team driver, Al Haddad Motors management, members of the media and guests

Mohammed & Jamie with Abdulla Al Haddad

The all-new A-Class being unveiled

Graeme Newport & Nico Rosberg

Dalal, Jamal & Ane-Maria

Deema Al Haddad & Salman

Ebrahim Abul, Waseem Al Haddad & Anil

Naheed & Dalal

Nick & Marise

Imran, Nico Rosberg, Graeme Newport & Mark

Lulwa with Deema Al Haddad

Mark & Bradley

Paul, Jamie & Cuthbert

Emily, Laura & Angel

Imran

K Hotel Loyalty Program Launch The K Hotel hosted a reception for a number of guests to mark the launch of the hotel's new Loyalty Program - The K Plus and The K Reward. The reception was held at the hotel's Kenza Lounge last month

Joen & Ahmed

18 May 2013

Abbas with Volker Mandlowsky

Hussain, Revelta & Mohammed

Umair, Rashmi & Bilal

Ali & Khalid

Tom, Neil, Tom, Greg & John

Sylvester

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British Embassy Celebrates HRH The Queen’s Birthday HE Iain Lindsay, British Ambassador & Bridget Lindsay hosted a garden reception to mark the birthday of HRH Queen Elizabeth II. The event held at the British Embassy gardens, was attended by HE Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister, members of the diplomatic corps, members of the British community and VIP guests

HE Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa & HE Iain Lindsay

Austin Rudman & Kostantinos Pallikaropoulos

HE Shaikh Abdulla bin Thamer Al-Thani, Qatari Ambassador, George & Taher

HE Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa & HE Iain Lindsay with diplomats at the cake cutting ceremony

Lesley Moorey, Chris Moorey, Defence Attaché, Debra Dixon, Russ Dixon, Deputy Ambassador, Bridget & HE Iain Lindsay

Janet, Debbie, Amal, Shirley & Mala

Mohammed, Mazen, Tareq & Rob

Hammed, Fouad & Ahmed

David with Dr Dhafer Al Umran

Panos

Laura, Abdulla, Dawn & Hesham

Jan, John & Heather

Qays & Karina

Francesco

Andrea & Lian

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Mr Yateem & Mr Jalal

Elizabeth & Alice

David, Bless & Nilda

Zeina, Wendy & Anne

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Maserati Quattroporte Launch Maserati and Euro Motors, sole dealers of Maserati automobiles in the Kingdom of Bahrain held an exclusive launch of the allnew Maserati Quattroporte. The event was held at Zayed Al Zayani's residence in West Riffa. The event was attended by HE Alberto Vecchi, Italian Ambassador, VIPs and guests

Zayed Al Zayani

The all-new Maserati Quattroporte

Glorian

HE Alberto Vecchi, Glorian & Paul

Raffaella, Romina & Meher

Mohammed & Yousif

Redha, Romina, HE Alberto Vecchi & Navin

Khalid & Hamid Al Zayani

Hala, Reem, Yasmone, Khalid & Nicolas

Pauline, Victoria, Martine, Alexandre & Christina

Jasmeet, Edyta, Vanessa, Ivana & Mariana

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Ali, Jassim Al Zayani & Abdulaziz

Paul & Anthony

Basma & Redha

Karina, Fauzia & Anood

Antonino & Raffaella

Amal, Mohammed & Hisham

Stina & Mary

Ann & Nader

Qays & Karina

Yousif

Dawood

Safiya & Sergio

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happeningsthismonth When? May 3 | Event? Regatta | Venue? Bahrain Yacht Club

Row Your Boat

World Days When? May 3 Event? Press Freedom Day Express yourself to appreciate the lives given for the freedom of the press.

Hit the beach for a full day of exciting races, games, offshore activities and a BBQ party this summer. As the summer settles in and the temperatures soar, cool off and participate in all kinds of competitive water sports. Mark your calendar as the Bahrain Yacht Club (BYC) opens its doors to the public once again for the 2013 edition of the Annual Spring Regatta. Split into two age groups, juniors and seniors, regatta-goers can expect stiff competition this year as the ‘open for all’ event brings out the top racers on the island. A number of races will be held during the course of the day with the adults categorised under cruiser division one, cruiser division two, multi hull, open dinghies, laser picos and laser full and radial. “The junior group with an age limit of up to 18 will battle it out for top spots on dinghies in the laser picos and laser full and radial classes,” explains BYC general manager, Willem Peach. Each category has three top winners as well as an overall top three title for the juniors and seniors. Trophies and prizes will be given out to the team skippers and crew. Every junior sailor will receive a certificate. “Events like these create a fantastic atmosphere at the club with competition, camaraderie and a great deal of bantering among the participants. Younger sailors learn skills which will be with them far into adulthood. It can create healthy competition, especially amongst the youth,” continues Willem. With no team format in this particular regatta, each boat will Also this month

When? May 5 Event? Athletics Day Take part in the Amwaj Biathlon this month to brush up on your athleticism.

race as an individual entry with the crew having up to five members, depending on the boat. The event not only caters to sporting enthusiasts. It is great fun for a family day out, offering all kinds of activities. Kids can enjoy a host of fun games, jumping castles and competitions that could win them a tonne of prizes. A water trampoline and slide in the bay area is open to all. To cool down after a hot competitive morning and the award ceremony, guests can enjoy the Hop Festival organised by BMMI followed by the live performance by a Bahraini reggae band. Add the barbecue set-up and bonfire at the beach to the equation and you’ve got the most happening evening of the month. “It’s basically a fun day for the whole family, where there is something to do for each age group. If you are new to Bahrain and sailing is what you love to do, this is a good venue to meet other families and make friends,” Willem says. E Call 17 700-677.

When? May 12 Event? Nurses Day Visiting someone at a hospital? Leave a note of appreciation for the nurses. When? May 15 Event? Day of Families Instead of staying in for dinner, get a bite to eat with your parents and siblings. When? May 18 Event? Museums Day How long has it been since your last visit to the museum? Make a day of it. When? May 31 Event? No Tobacco Day Make a point of staying clear of cigarettes today. It might even help you quit.

30 x Arts & Culture - 34 x Clubs & Societies - 36 x Teens & Kids - 38 x Sports & Recreation

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happeningsthismonth When? May 1-25 Event? Market Venue? Riffa Palms Head out for a dose of shopping in an open market every Friday and Saturday. E Call 17 750-590.

Tuning Up

When? May 3 Event? Bike show Venue? BIC Gear up for a showcase of the best Harleys and other bikes the Kingdom has to offer. E Call 17 599-006. When? May 3 Event? Regatta Venue? Bahrain Yacht Club Hit the waters for a host of races, games, live entertainment and a BBQ. E Call 17 700-677. When? May 8-9 Event? Comedy show Venue? The British Club/ InterContinental Regency Laugh the weekend away with Mark Smith, Katherine Ryan and Carl Donnelly. E Call 36 663-509. When? May 13 Event? Fashion show Venue? The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa Celebrate Mother’s Day with the highly anticipated annual AWA fashion show. E Call 36 800-545.

Are you an avid motor appreciator? Do you just love the aesthetics of a bike? This month, both riders and non-riders get to enjoy the fascinating word of motorcycles as HarleyDavidson Bahrain hosts one of the largest custom bike shows in the Kingdom. Don’t miss your chance to get an up close and personal feel for the artistic side of motorcycling and its remarkable culture. Two competitions that could win the top three contenders exciting cash prizes will be held. It is all about changing the look, handling and performance of your existing ride. Families can enjoy entertainment as well, including kids’ games, a DJ, a fashion show and a rock band’s live performance. The celebration of modified bikes will be held at the Bahrain International Circuit on May 3. E Visit www.harley-davidson-bahrain.com.

When? May 17 Event? Workshop Venue? La Fontaine Centre for Contemporary Arts Connect with your mind, body and soul with renowned yoga instructor Kate Bell. E Call 17 230-123.

When? May 18 Event? Car show Venue? BIECC Show off your tuned up car at an exciting motor showcase to win prizes. E Call 33 366-877.

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Body, Mind and Spirit For a holistic approach to life, don’t miss yoga instructor Kate Bell’s one-day workshop at the La Fontaine Centre for Contemporary Art on May 17. Kate has introduced her relaxation and wellness programmes to international corporations such as Qantas, HSBS and CAT. Many of these companies have incorporated her programmes into their customer relations strategies. With 17 years’ teaching experience, the expert has personalised Viniyoga, blending holistic teachings including Hatha yoga, Qi Gong, Shoalin Arts, guided visualisations and movement therapy. Priced at BD60 per person, the workshop will be held from 10am-1pm. E Call 17 230-123.

Punchline Madness Another month brings another set of comic genius from The Chuckle Club. On May 8 and 9, Mark Smith is set to take the stage. He has been performing since 2008 and reached the final of So You Think You’re Funny in 2009. Having worked all over the UK, Mark is a regular MC and has written for and appeared on MTV2 and BBC2. He has performed for BBC3’s Russell Howard’s Good News as well. Another comedy contender this month is Katherine Ryan. Having experienced motherhood, divorce and MTV, this awardwinning comedian proves the things in life that make us bitter can be hilarious. You might have seen Katherine on 8 Out of 10 Cats, Mock the Week and Campus. Carl Donnelly is a stand-up artist to watch out for. Star of Mock the Week and Dave’s One Night Stand, Carl is one of the most exciting young comedians around. His conversational style and silly sense of humour have won him a host of awards, and seen him become a regular at the finest comedy venues around the UK and Ireland. E Call 36 663-509. Strike a Pose Let your inner fashion diva loose at the highly anticipated American Women’s Association Annual Mother’s Day Fashion Show. Starting at 9am on May 13, guests can kick off their morning with coffee followed by a fashion show and brunch. This year’s exciting line-up of designers includes Adriana Skaloud, Thelna Esterhuizen and Shandra Dondi. Tickets are priced at BD5 for members and BD10 for non-members. E Call 36 800-545.

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happeningsthismonth When? May 22 | Event? Seminar | Venue? Gulf Hotel

Striving for Brilliance Considered to be the world’s leading business speaker, Tom Peters comes to town for a seminar that could have you achieving greatness. Peter offers Bahrain an event that is not only in tune with the current global situation but also paves the way for the proper identification of what it takes to make organisations excellent. Having given more than 2,500 speeches in the last 30 years, the business guru will emphasise how we can excel in our performance, attitude, vision and quality of work. Participants will have the opportunity to benchmark themselves and their organisation against proven industry successes as well as understand the latest global practices. Other seminar highlights include learning from practical case studies about how leading global entities pursue excellence. The programme will be split into four sessions focusing on topics ranging from fast decision making and practical risk taking to opportunity spotting and appropriate training methods. The civil engineering graduate of Cornell holds honorary doctorates from institutions such as the University of San Francisco and the State University of Management in Moscow. Tom has also been honoured by associations in content areas such as management, leadership, human resources, customer service, innovation, marketing, and design. In 1982, with the publication of In Search of Excellence, Peters and Bob Waterman helped American firms deal with a crushing competitive challenge to their primacy. They did this by urging them to get away from strategies based on just the numbers and to focus on the basic drivers of successful businesses. E Call 37 793-388 or visit www.origin.com.bh.

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Mala Kumar Luncheon Mala Kumar, wife of HE Mohan Kumar, Indian Ambassador, hosted a ladies luncheon at her residence in Saar

Liliane, Mala & Jehan

Dr Fakhriya, Mala & Ahlam

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Shaikha Huda, Mala Kumar & Rashida

Shandra, Huda & Shahrazad

Amal, Mala & Rihana

Mala & Shaikha Maram

Mala & Megha

Mona & Mala

Veronica, Vicky & Mary

Shohra

Mala & Shirley

Srijita

Fareeda & Layla

Mariam

Balqees

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happeningsthismonth When? June 1-6 | Event? Conference | Venue? Gulf Hotel Bahrain

Rethinking Public Administration The Kingdom is set to host one of its biggest international events, bringing together scholars and practitioners of civil service from across the world.

The Joint Congress of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) and the International Association of the Institutes and Schools of Public Administration (IASIA) is expected to attract more than 600 people from over 70 countries. This year’s special focus is on different aspects of the future of the field. As states face many challenges at all levels of governance, local, national and global, it challenges our public leaders to reconsider current reforms and find ways to create positive change. International high-profile guests include Dr Anwar Gargash and HE Dr Maitha Al-Shamsi ministers of state in the UAE, Dr Hanan Al-Ahmadi, member of the Saudi Arabia Shura Council, and Nathalie Loiseau, director of the National School of Administration, France. Local guests include HE Shaikha Mai Al-Khalifa, minister of culture, HE Kamal Ahmed, minister of state for cabinet affairs, and HE Dr Fatima Al-Balooshi, minister of social development. Towards progress Recent achievements of the Bahrain Institute of Public Administration (BIPA) include joining the board of management of IASIA in 2010 and joining the council of administration of IIAS this year. It has also put forth its candidacy for a Vice Presidency position in the IIAS council of administration. To ensure active involvement of public entities in Bahrain, BIPA has organised a series of research workshops. The overwhelming response has included 45 contributions from across government sectors and subjects.

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Moreover, the prestigious event marks the first time in history that the IIAS and IASIA have accepted Arabic as an official language for the congress proceedings along with the other two official languages, English and French. The 2013 edition has also set the stage for Bahrain to be the biggest contributor of research papers to the congress, usually led by nations like China, South Africa and the USA. Plan of action Beyond paper presentations, a number of plenary sessions on issues related to the region will be held. The Middle East Administrative Forum will bring together senior administrators from the region to contemplate changes in practice in the light of developments including the Arab Spring. An Inter-Continental Forum will put public administration developments in the region in a comparative perspective worldwide. A Forum of Research on Public Administration in the Middle East will establish the foundations for studying local and regional practices using national paradigms. A Panel on Middle Eastern Women in Public Administration will unravel the fallacies of deeply held beliefs elsewhere about the subjugation of women into marginal roles. A large number of presentations and discussion panels on pressing issues of public admiistration, including security, riskmanagement, leadership for the future, professionalism and international collaborations, will be held. E Call 17 383-862.

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happeningsartsculture When? June 1 | Event? Dance performance | Venue? Cultural Hall

Oriental Presentation Culture vultures looking for a high dose of traditional dance forms are in for a treat this month. Save the date for the island’s biggest kathak festival yet. The Indian Fine Arts Society (IFAS) in collaboration with the Indian Institute for Performing Arts (IIPA) provides a chance to witness some of the brightest talents Bahrain has to offer. Kathak is a classical dance from India used as a dynamic storytelling art. It combines lyrical grace, subtle expressions and meaningful hand gestures with intricate footwork, rhythmic intensity, swift turns and elegant stances. Wearing rows of small brass bells on each ankle, performers mesmerise the audience as they alternate between recitations, footwork, fixed compositions and improvisation. “The Mughlai dance form is a fusion of Muslim and Hindu cultures with music and poetry. The Darbar E Kathak event will be a unique combination of many styles. The first half of the performance will be traditional, in which viewers will experience a journey from the Bhakti era to the Mughal era,” explains event choreographer Bushra Sultana. The first presentation will include segments such as the

popular kailashvandana, ganapativandana and nrittapaksh. To portray the Mughal era, artists showcase the ghazal and darbari. This is followed by tarana, a move in which the beauty of rhythm is explained through various movements and a combination of phrases and stances. The second half hits closer to home for both locals and expatriates alike as the contemporary ballet style depicts the story of Dastaan e Qyas, which is based on the popular Arabic tale of Layla and Majnun. “Indian art forms, made of both music and dance, are widely appreciated globally. Events such as this will bring together all art appreciators. I believe art is an important platform to bring people closer,” Bushra continues. Behind the scenes Bushra, who is a known name in the kathak world, started learning the art and other classical dances at the age of eight. She later obtained a bachelor of fine arts degree and a diploma and master’s in the dance form. In 2007 she joined the faculty of IIPA as an instructor and has since been engaged in bringing forth the talents of her countless students, strictly adhering to the traditional way of Indian classical dance training. Bushra also teaches classic cinematic dance with a traditional base. Before joining IIPA she had been a teacher, choreographer and drama artist with a number of schools in India. The IFAS has been promoting Indian fine arts in the Kingdom since its establishment in 1974. Over the years, the institute has been involved in staging many events involving renowned artists from India and this time it aims to promote local talent.

When? April 25-May 23 Event? Exhibition Venue? Bahrain Financial Harbour Art Gallery A group of four renowned artists turns recycled or discarded material into art. E Call 17 102-600. When? Throughout May Event? Exhibition Venue? Al Riwaq Art Space Don’t miss Berlin-based Indonesian artist Yudi Noor’s first solo exhibition. E Call 17 717-441. When? May 3 Event? Fair Venue? Indian School Bahrain Join in on musical performances, games and prizes at the Batelco Mega Fair 13. E Call 39 918-090. When? May 4-31 Event? Exhibition Venue? World Beat Café Mairi Thomas reflects Bahrain through a series of unique photographs. E Call 17 612-576 or visit www. worldbeatfitness.com. When? May 10-11 Event? Exhibition Venue? Janabiya Artists Mariel Cooper-Wallace and Sita Dotinga showcase their latest work. E Call 39 163-879.

E Call 36 063-303, 39 331-094 or 39 617-094 (IFAS).

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happeningsartsculture When? May 12-25 | Event? Exhibition | Venue? Bu Zaboon House

Firyal Al Adhamy’s eighth solo exhibition entitled Darwish — An Altar of Poetry presents a collection of recent works inspired by the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish. Twenty pieces of meticulously crafted wooden letters on canvas coated with a palette of rich, vibrant acrylic colours will be on display. The artist regularly highlights her nostalgia for her cherished heritage. In this collection, the focal point of some of the artworks is a letter taken from the late poet’s name. Firyal’s work has been displayed at the British Museum and Kufa Gallery in London, the Green Art Gallery in Dubai and the National Art Gallery in Amman. The Shaikh Ebrahim Centre’s newly restored Bu Zaboon House will be used for the first time as a venue for an art exhibit. E Call 17 322-549.

When? Throughout May | Event? Exhibition | Venue? World Beat Café

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Bahrain in Pictures Mairi Thomas displays a fascinating collection of photographs in her latest exhibit, The Painted Surface, where she showcases a selection of snaps of Bahrain. The pieces are printed on archival textured papers instead of photographic ones to give a more realistic interpretation of actual paintings on their varied surfaces. It is evident that Mairi’s eye is drawn towards the aesthetics of Islamic design, having originally trained in ceramics. She is particularly fascinated by surface decoration. The artist believes that Bahrain, compared to other Gulf countries, has more street art and murals, providing colour and interest to even the most humble buildings and walls. The opening day will feature a meet and greet with Mairi, who will share her inspirations with audiences from 4-6pm. E Call Call 17 612-576 or visit www. worldbeatfitness.com.

When? May 10-11 | Event? Exhibition | Venue? Janabiya

When? May 4-31 | Event? Exhibition | Venue? Al Riwaq Art Space

Finished? Berlin-based Indonesian artist Yudi Noor debuts his solo exhibition in the country this month. Noor concentrates on installation pieces harking to the histories of montage, layering and assemblage to create environments that are an attempt to understand the Gulf region’s present and future. Titled Khalas, and then, the new pieces were created during Noor’s residency at Al Riwaq and are constructed from materials such as bricks, oil barrels and street signs. E Call 17 717-441.

Double Take Double Dimensions sees two of Bahrain’s leading expatriate artists join forces for an exciting exhibition. Mariel Cooper-Wallace and Sita Dotinga reflect their distinct styles in a series of paintings. The artists, who have both lived in Bahrain for over eight years and are greatly influenced by the Kingdom, will feature 40 watercolour and acrylic pieces. The display is open to the public from 2-7pm on Friday and 10am-6pm on Saturday.

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happeningsclubssocieties When? May 24 | Event? Workshop | Venue? Kelly Armatage Inc

Lending a Helping Hand Do you have unfinished goals from years back that are not completed — relating perhaps to weight, career, happiness, finance or relationships? Here is your solution.

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If you are an avid procrastinator and find that your motivation levels are at an all time low, you just might need a push in the right direction. This month, Kelly Armatage hosts a unique workshop that provides the strategies, direction and focus you need to overcome any stagnation. The three-hour workshop offers participants a team environment where Kelly will outline the implementation and completion of any goal, big or small, in ‘easy to do’ ways. “As a group, some of the exercises that will be explored include how to put in place inspirational goals in all areas of your life; be it in terms of career, personal, social, health, finances or relationships,” explains the expert. Other exercises include exploring the thoughts behind achieving goals to their fullest outcome, identifying obstacles within the mind that create obstacles in reality and overcoming negative thoughts surrounding goal completion. Understanding procrastination and how to prevent self-sabotaging behaviour are major highlights of the workshop. “Other aspects that will be tackled are the study of the best self-motivation techniques, how to remove guilt and replace that feeling with enthusiasm, and an introduction to cognitive behavioural therapy and how to use this life-changing technique to alter negative thinking patterns,” she explains. There are limited spaces; so enrol at BD50 per person as soon as you can for the workshop that starts at 10am and lasts until 1pm.

Enjoy the last days of the good weather, before the temperature rises, with the annual British Club Spring Show. The evening will feature The Boxtones band and will be held at the poolside with doors opening at 7.30pm. The Bahrain-based Scottish five-piece group plays a range of genres including reggae, rock, soul and blues. Additional acts include jazz quartet Louche Manouche and award-winning musicians Jason Chasland and Alex Farrell-Davey. Tickets are BD20 for members, BD25 for members’ guests, both inclusive of food. Live cooking stations of different cuisines will provide an exclusive dining experience.

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When? May 2 Event? Spring show Venue? The British Club

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The mastermind With a never-ending thirst for success, Kelly spent 15 years in the corporate world working her way up to a senior management level in the male-dominated motor sector; working for organisations such as Toyota GB and General Motors. After being headhunted to move to Bahrain, she went through a major career and spiritual shift, spending five years of study for the qualifications to open up her therapy practice on the island. Kelly read and researched over 500 self-help books, attended multiple workshops, meditated daily and employed the guidance of prominent healing experts on her own quest to heal. In 2008 Kelly Armatage Inc was opened and, over the past five years as a healer, coach, speaker, published writer and seminar facilitator, Kelly has guided many on their own journey towards empowerment and inner fulfilment. Keep an eye out for a series of weekly workshops that Kelly will hold over the next few months. E Call 17 002-320.

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happeningskidsteens When? May 10-11 | Event? Performing arts | Venue? Cultural Hall

Move It! Celebrate dance, music and theatre in all its forms as the Kingdom’s brightest talents hit the stage this month. Since September 2011, Ballare School of Performing Arts has been achieving its aspiration to be recognised as one of Bahrain’s leading institutes for performance and creative expression. With over 500 students, the studio has become a home away from home for those with a devoted passion for dance, music and theatre. Hala Al Zayani, founder and director, is committed to offering Bahrain the best in performing arts. “We pride ourselves on offering our students a wellstructured and creative curriculum led by world-class teachers. Our state-of-the-art facilities welcome students of all ages and abilities,” she explains. In April 2012 Ballare held its first performing arts event, This Is It, at the Cultural Hall, which proved to be a major success. Taking the achievement stirred by last year’s event and the significant attendance into consideration, this month the studio brings cultural enthusiasts Worlds Apart — The Beginning of a Journey. Organisers are expecting 1,400 visitors, including Bahrain’s top international business figures and artists from various backgrounds to enjoy the special production. Two performances will be held on each night, with the shows involving over 300 children between three and 18 years of age. “We hope to take the audience on a journey through five transitional worlds: fantasy, water, futuristic, old and new. The

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Tee Time idea behind this event is to have people travel through time through dance and arts, visualising a world of good, bad, futuristic, material, controversial and much more,” she explains. A number of styles and genres will be performed including ballet, hip-hop, contemporary, cheerleading and street dance. Still, no great show comes without its trials. The group has been working on the project since September, overcoming the challenges of a large-scale event and students of various ages. “The organisation of the staging, lighting, sound and props as well as the preparation of choreography and costumes required a great deal of work. Giving them the opportunity to perform on stage and showcase their year’s worth of hard work is what pushes their confidence,” Hala says. The budding artists of Ballare take dance and piano examinations later in the year from the International Dance Teachers Association, the Associate Board of the Royal School of Music and the Associated Russian System. During the holiday months, new members are welcome to join the studio’s summer school to hone their music and performing skills. E Call 17 300-021.

Promising young golfers from around the GCC compete at the Bahrain Junior Open. Qatar national junior team player Ali Abdulla Al Bishei defends his title of overall 2012 Junior Open Champion. He will face stiff competition from the Royal Golf Club’s strong junior section. Youngsters competing in the Under 21 and Under 16 categories will play 36 holes over two days on the Montgomerie course. The Under 12 group will play 18 holes on the Wee Monty par three course; nine holes on day one and a final nine on day two. The entry fee for the tournament is BD10 per player, inclusive of lunch on both days plus a player’s goody bag. E Call 17 750-777.

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happeningssportsrecreation When? May 9-10 | Event? Basketball tournament | Venue? Zain Basketball Arena

The Name Game Sports enthusiasts will be at the Zain Basketball Arena on May 9 and 10. Here’s why you should find yourself a place as well. A staple in Bahrain’s calendar of sporting events, the BahrainPhilippines Goodwill Games is back again for a seventh edition. Organisers have pulled out all the stops this year to bring in some of the best names in the business to offer fans a set of thrilling match-ups. The crowd will get to see familiar faces with the return of retired legends accompanied by a number of well-known names new to the Kingdom. The line-up includes Vince Hizon, Kenneth Duremdes, Noli Locsin, Bal David, Jerry Condinera, Sonny Cabatu and Rey Evangelista. “The squad is made up of a group of players, who were all top stars during their careers as professionals in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). What is exciting about this year is that along with the main events, we have organised a number of other sporting activities,” explains Baby J Fulgencio of the organising committee. The American-born Hizon was a very popular sports figure at his prime, playing for Ginebra San Miguel. Throughout the course of his career, he won a Philippines Basketball title, four PBA titles, a Southeast Asian Games gold medal and a United States Basketball League championship.

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Also on the roster is ex-Barangay Ginebra point guard David, who is currently head coach of the Fern-C team. On opening night, the legends team will go head to head with an all-star selection of Bahrain-based players followed by the main event the next evening, when they take on a team of Bahrain’s basketball legends. “On May 9, we will see the players battle out in three on three, three point shoot-outs and slam dunk competitions,” continues Baby. Tickets are priced at BD2 for each day. The veterans will officially open the Uniforms@Sports Avenue main showroom at Palace Avenue on May 10 at 10am in an openfor-all event. Fans who want a chance to get up close with their favourites can do so at a special meet-and-greet at the Andalus Garden during the Filipino Club Fiesta at 11.30am. Celebrations don’t end there; the team can be caught at Lost Paradise of Dilmun for a final festive gathering on May 11. Held under the patronage of the Bahrain Olympic Committee and the Bahrain Basketball Association, the tournament is a must watch for any sports enthusiast. “We look forward to the full support of not only the entire Filipino community, but also anyone who loves the sport. We aim to offer a family-friendly atmosphere, highlighting sportsmanship to everyone,” Baby says. E Call 33 718-080 or 33 934-798.

When? May 1-3 Event? Football tournament Venue? Sakhir Watch as teams go head to head for top honours at the Desert Kings Tournament. E Call 38 888-675. When? May 9-10 Event? Basketball tournament Venue? Zain Basketball Arena Filipino basketball legends come to town for an exciting host of fixtures. E Call 33 718-080 or 33 934-798. When? May 17 Event? Tournament Venue? Bahrain Rugby Football Club Join in on the annual DHL Memorial games and enjoy loads of entertainment. E Call 39 865-478. When? May 30 Event? Netball tournament Venue? British Club Help the Sri Lankan Netball Ladies raise breast cancer awareness. E Call 39 593-109. When? May 31 Event? Autism biathlon Venue? Amwaj Marina Participate in a series of fun races and help give back to a local autism charity. E Call 39 132-102.

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happeningsthismonth When? May 31 | Event? Autism biathlon | Venue? Amwaj Marina

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Do you want to spend your weekend with good company, participate in a little friendly competition and lend a helping hand to a great cause? We have just the thing for you. Organised by Red House Marketing, The Amwaj Marina Autism Biathlon is the perfect way to spend a day with family and friends, brush up on your athleticism and raise funds for the Alia for Early Intervention society. The event features a host of fun races including the Adult Try a Bi, open to both sexes above the age of 16. They will have to compete in a 200-metre swim followed by a three-kilometre run. The Juniors Try a Bi is open to youngsters of both genders between the ages of 12 and 15, while the four-kilometre walkathon is open to anyone above 12 years of age. Visitors can take pleasure in a bazaar held during the day, where vendors exhibit and sell various products and accessories to the public. A part of the sales will be donated to support the worthy cause that is being promoted. To keep the little ones occupied, there are side activities such as face painting, henna, a bouncy castle, a DJ and much more. For adults, entry fees are BD10 per individual and BD15 per team. Juniors can join for BD8 per individual and BD12 per team. Walkathon athletes need to pay BD2 for participation. Medals and trophies will be given out to all winners. Registration will be open from 1.30-3.45pm on the day at the race venue. E Call 39 132-102.

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Fiamma New Menu Launch Fiamma, the Italian Restaurant at the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa hosted a dinner to launch the restaurant's new menu

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Fares Yaqtine, Basel Qabouq, Samy Boukhaled, David & Bless

Stefano Tansini

Sola, Patrick & Nissrine

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Alan & Chris

George, Nick, Ann, Mike & Anne

Liam & Shereen

Charbel Hanna

Hakima & Richard

Kate & Apple

Sylvia & Khalid

Antonina & Cristian

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US Ambassador's Reception HE Thomas Krajeski, US Ambassador hosted a reception to celebrate the 270th birthday of Thomas Jefferson, as well as to bid farewell to Political and Economic Section Chief Kari Paetzold and welcome Deputy Chief of Mission Timothy Pounds. Diplomats, government officials and business leaders attended the reception, that was held at HE's residence

Nasser Alarayedh, HE Thomas Krajeski, Nancy & Doris

Timothy, Mark & Guy

Dr Mashal & Kari

Afnan Al Zayani, Jules, Kari, Kristi, Daniela & Doris

Ryan, Daniela & Fabio

Dan, Carre & Liz

HE Thomas Krajeski, Timothy, Dr Dhafer Al Umran, Kari & Nejib

HE Thomas Krajeski & Waleed Sharif

Johan & Kevin

Abdul Nabi

Aseel, Jules & Kristi

Aimee & Patricia

Yassin

Myrna & Hind

Katja & Steffan

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Zeina Testot Coffee Morning Zeina Testot, wife of HE Christian Testot, French Ambassdor, hosted a ladies coffee morning at her residence last month. The event was attended by Shaikha Wesal bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, wife of the Foreign Minister, diplomat wives and VIPs

Zeina Testot

Guests at the event

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Mala Kumar, Bridget Lindsay, Bonnie Krajeski, Shaikha Wesal & Zeina Testot

Guests at the event

Dr Jihan Al Umran

Tomoko Sumi

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First Buddy Bear In Bahrain Revealed In commemoration of 40 years of German Unity the German Embassy brought a “Buddy Bear” last year from Berlin to Bahrain. The first Buddy Bears – very similar to the decorated sculptures of camels placed around Bahrain as part of the nationwide “Wehda Wahda” campaign - were presented in the streets of Berlin in 2001. Now the United Buddy Bears – an international art exhibition with more than 140 bears – promote peace, international understanding and tolerance among nations, cultures and religions all over the world. In close collaboration with the University College of Bahrain’s (UCB) Graphic Design Department a competition was held and the design of artist Ahmed Tael Daher was chosen for the Kingdom’s version of the Buddy Bear combining German and Bahraini elements. The Buddy Bear has been presented to the public at a ceremony held at the German Embassy by HE Sabine Taufmann, German Ambassador, in the presence of MP Dr Jamal Saleh, the President of the Bahraini-German Society Tareq Wafa and other officials. The Bear will be on permanent show at the German Embassy

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May, Tareq Wafa, HE Sabine Taufmann, Ahmed Tael Daher, Dr Jamal Saleh, Stefan, Robert & Richard with the Buddy Bear

Tareq Wafa, HE Sabine Taufmann & Dr Jamal Saleh

Ebtisam, Yousif & Dalal

UCB students with HE Sabine Taufmann

Kocear & Agustiur

Hana, Fatima & Sakeena

Sarah & Layali

Estera & May

Guests at the event

UCB students & teachers with Tareq Wafa, HE Sabine Taufmann & Dr Jamal Saleh

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The Bahrain Boat Show International (BBSI) 2013 Opening The Bahrain Boat Show International (BBSI) 2013 was offcially opened by HE Essam Khalaf, Works Minister, in the presence of officials from organisers Knotika Holdings and VIP guests. The three-day event held at Amwaj Marina, featured some the world's premium marine vessels, products and services as well as activities and entertainment for the whole family

HE Essam Khalaf opens the Boat Show in the presence of Knotika officials & guests

Mariana, Alina, Indira & Dinara

Nasser, Tariq & Flassan

Alexandre, Martine, Vivky, Ahlan, Rukaya, Faten & Suha

Hakeem & Omar

Shadi & Ali

Michael, Norma, Maureen, Lynne, Hassan, Mahin & Ebrahim

Binin, Aji, Abilash, Harish & Sanaa

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Sara at the Boat Show

Mahmood & Yousif

Petra, Dominika & Michaela

Yousif & Yousif

Julias

Nathalia & Nariman

Aziz

Marina & Steve

Zain, Asha & Taghrid

Abdulla, Nasser & Sharif

Francis & Arif

Ahmed

Basma

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Oh Africa! Charity Show An African Night titled Oh Africa! charity show was held at the Ramada Palace Hotel in Gudaibiya last month. The show featured performances by members of the African community in Bahrain, a DJ and a fashion show

Mohammed & Asad

Lawrencie & Christiana

Nehla, Ahmed & Zaki

Yasser, Sayed, Esky & Demmelash

Abdulla, Esky, Mahmood, Sayed, Hassan, Irene & Catherine

Melanie

Khaled, Mahmood, Junior, Avi, Claudia & Noor

Mike, Anthony & Hassan

Pauline, Rim & Esky

Abdulla, Angela & Demmelash

Brandon, Gandul & Randy

Idris, Edith & Hassan

Pathe & Abeu

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Pierric, Beverley, Ann & Marietta

Esther & Irene

Lilly, Loic & Eden

Pierric & Jamal

Carolyn & Sara

Junior

Alaa, Youssef, Yassir & Abel

Esay & Nicolas

Alaa

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Jack Canfield Seminar New York Times best-selling author and co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series Jack Canfield conducted a seminar in Bahrain last month. It was held at the Gulf Hotel's Gulf Convention Centre and around 800 participants attended his talk on breakthrough results in work and life. It covered key topics from his book Success Principles and The Law of Attraction. The event was followed by a Press conference and was organised by Bahrain Institute of Hospitality and Retail, with support from Tamkeen

Qutub, HE Dr Fatima Al Balooshi, Social Development Minister & Hatim

Duda & Kevin

Qutub, Nigel & Suad

HE Mohan Kumar, Indian Ambassador & Suzy Kanoo

Gautam & Nasser

Amani & Sara

Alex, George, Andrea & Anne

Dr Sheryl, Jayshree, Farha & Reem

Abdelrahman & Ahmed

Rasha & Claudia

Rahat, Arjun & Radhika

Pallavi & Rexson

Pratheep, Deepinder & Dr Ravi Preet

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Jack Canfield

Pradeep & Soman

Asma & Razan

Melissa & Shahid

Ali & Hameed

Ravneet, Marwan & Varsha

Thamer & Hussain

Mohammed & Sajjad

Jameel

Mohammed, Fadel & Yateem

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Jack Canfield Seminar New York Times best-selling author and co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series Jack Canfield conducted a seminar in Bahrain last month. It was held at the Gulf Hotel's Gulf Convention Centre and around 800 participants attended his talk on breakthrough results in work and life. It covered key topics from his book Success Principles and The Law of Attraction. The event was followed by a Press conference and was organised by Bahrain Institute of Hospitality and Retail, with support from Tamkeen

Qutub, Nigel & Suad

HE Mohan Kumar, Indian Ambassador & Suzy Kanoo

Dr Sheryl, Jayshree, Farha & Reem

Pradeep & Soman

Jameel

Abdulla

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Qutub, HE Dr Fatima Al Balooshi, Social Development Minister & Hatim

Abdelrahman & Ahmed

Pallavi & Rexson

Pratheep, Deepinder & Dr Ravi Preet

Gautam & Nasser

Alex, George, Andrea & Anne

Melissa & Shahid

Rahat, Arjun & Radhika

Asma & Razan

Jack Canfield

Ali & Hameed

Mohammed, Fadel & Yateem

Duda & Kevin

Amani & Sara

Rasha & Claudia

Thamer & Hussain

Mohammed & Sajjad

Ravneet, Marwan & Varsha

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Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2013 Thousands of F1 fans 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 high octane driving on race day. The event was also attended by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, Bernie Ecclestone, F1 Supermo, celebrities and BIC officials

Ashok Kumar with HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa

HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa

HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa & HE Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa speak to journalists at the race track

Bernie Ecclestone & Shaikh Mohamed bin Isa Al Khalifa, Batelco Group chief executive

Christian Horner with members of the media & Y.K Almoayyed & Sons managers

Alia, Ali & Sharon

Janet & Marina

Marwa, Nayla, Reem, Razan, Yara & Haya

Jaison, Keliah, Natasha, Toni & Ryan

Dana, Abeer & Al Hala

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Heinz & Lina

Layla, Ester, Nooneta & Haya

Antonia, Fernand & Gisele

Zara, Maison, Maram & Sally

Sarah & Mustafa

George

Khalid & Ibrahim

Hamad & Mo

Lupita & Tania

Joycie, Sandra & Kim

Huda & Sara

John

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Olivia, Jana, Jordana & Sahar

Nada, Ahmed & Rahma

Grace, Sarah, Phoebe, Sophia & Lucy

Jordana 7 Jamal

Rawan, Zayn, Zaina & Rooki

Lisa, Hannah, Chloe & Tarooq

Esra, Mohammed & Maya

Maysa, Sabeecha & Lamyii

Amanda & Eman

Radwa & Geri

Sarah & May

Aiya, Noora & Nouf

Tarryn & Julia

Jane, Victoria, Alona & Anna

Abbas & Charlotte

Nora & Yasmin

Abul Kheir

Clos & Rose

Simone

Yasmeen

Pedro, Peter & Khalid

Kareema with kids

Alex, Christie, Nada & Savannah

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Thora, Saraya & Jude

Farouq & Shari

Megan, Fia & Molly

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Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2013

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Ameerah, Dana, Farah & Lauren

Khawla, Bashayer & Reem

Eman, Emma, Hack & Yasmin

Fawaz, Salman, Mahmood, Fareen & Khulood

Douaa & Fahima

Fatema, Zoe & Hanoof

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Mohammed & Ahmed

Briony & Ella

Michelle, Sophia, Abi & Poonam

Visruth, Vijay, Dheeptha, Jayshree, Arshika, Advika, Sarita & Ashalatha

Charlie, Kianna, Catherine & Farah

Nadine & Robyn

Addie, Kristen & Sarah

Amna, Nouf & Rasha

Mustan & Sudish

Thora, Soraya & Lana

Ricardo & Rose

Kirsty & Nadia

Ashish

Naomi & Faith

Mhairi, Beth & Ellie

Mariam & Salama

Hamdan & Caro

Du, Kumar & Ashish

Hala & Noora

Sophie

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Yasmon, Farian, Ellie, Dena, Noora & Sophie

Krystal, Marylou, Angie & Yhen

Hashim & Abdulla

Jack & Kal

Malek, Firas & Dana

Zouheir, Dana & Zeid

The Lotus team came in second and third place

Eman, Claudia & Benaditte

Francis & Carmen

Hassan

Chelsea & Suzy

Gazelle & Evita

Fawaz

Ebrahim & Ashraf

Nizar & Sumaya

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Sebastien Vettel races to victory

Kimi Raikkonen, Red Bull team representative, Sebastian Vettel & Romain Grosjean

Kimi Raikkonen, 2nd place, Sebastian Vettel, winner & Romain Grosjean, 3rd place with HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa & officials on the podium

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Jamil Wafa

Standing Tall DAVID M. ROBERTSON Jamil Wafa is the personification of the old adage that there is no gain without pain; the success he has achieved is juxtaposed with a struggle few could ever envisage.

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The last time I interviewed Jamil Wafa, around three years ago, retirement was not an option that he had contemplated. At the beginning of this month Jamil steps down from his position at Unitag, to enjoy a life of leisure in the company of family and friends. When I inquire what has brought about his decision to step down at this time, he shrugs his shoulders. Words are not necessary; Jamil is content with his decision, reconciled with himself and eager to move on to the new chapter in his life. In his own autobiography, which he titled Struggle for Identity, Jamil reflects on a life that most of us could hardly imagine. His accomplishments as a business leader in the Kingdom are well known, as indeed are his views on the tourism sector and the travel industry in which he has spent all his working and adult life.

To discover how he has made peace with his own identity, I ask Jamil to talk about himself and the challenges he has had to face. Interestingly, he speaks about, the route he took that would eventually lead to Bahrain; he speaks little about what he has achieved in the Kingdom, as if it is no longer important. He starts his story on the fateful day back in 1948 when, together with around 200 other Palestinians, he had little more than 24 hours to find a new home in the aftermath of the ‘international’ decision to create Israel. “I left with nothing but the clothes I was wearing,” he recalls before quickly eluding to his lifelong search for his identity. “I did not even bring with me my birth certificate such was the rush to leave.” It did not take long for Jamil to discover, at the age of 17, that he was now a stateless person, and the problems this would yield. “At the border with Egypt, from where we arrived by boat after being shot at by the Israelis, my ‘passport’ was deemed invalid by the Egyptian authorities,” he says. “At the time I had travel documents for a country which, at the time, was under British mandate; as the British had now withdrawn from Palestine, my ‘passport’ was effectively worthless. Only when I started to cry did the immigration official take pity on me and allow me into Egypt.” Jamil’s quest for a sense of belonging leads him to conclude that people really “cannot appreciate the sense of deprivation that arises from being stateless. We take being a ‘citizen’ of a country for granted.” When I ask him why he has not simply applied for a new birth certificate he explains that since his father was no longer alive there was nobody to advise him, as a 17-year-old, that he could have applied for a British passport up to six months after the end of the British mandate. To the vast majority of people a birth certificate is just an official piece of paper, a route to a passport and a statement of your nationality. For Jamil, this document is more than a connection to his roots; his father’s signature tells him who he is, speaks to his heritage and from where he came. He tells of the time, later in his life, when he visited his old ‘home’, now inside Israel, only to discover that the street on which he was brought up as a child had been erased from the face of the earth. As he talks of this episode, there’s an emptiness about his expression that speaks volumes; his past has been stolen from him — that those whose lives were squashed by bulldozers were not worthy of an existence. It’s not difficult to understand why he refers to what happened to Palestine in 1948 as a conspiracy. Street-wise While plans were made for Jamil and his sisters to move to Kuwait and live with relatives, he eked out a living as a currency exchanger, using his ‘income’ to obtain an education in Egypt. By 1949, arrangements had been made and Jamil boarded a flight from Cairo to a new life in Kuwait, via Beirut. It was while he was in transit that his luck began to change, and a world of connections started to open up. “I was approached at Beirut airport by an official from Middle East Airlines to hand-carry a letter to the leading businessman in Kuwait, Yusuf Ahmad Al Ghanim, on my arrival there,” Jamil recalls. “I asked this person for a favour; to borrow 50

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The late Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa departing to London and the USA seen off by his father His Highness the Prime Minister; behind the Prime Minister, H E Shaikh Ali and the late Shaikh Isa bin Abdulla; then Director of Civil Aviation - 1973 [Jamil, far right]

Lebanese pounds and to repay this sum without interest.” With cash in hand he proceeded to buy himself some dinner and sweets in Beirut City while waiting for his flight to Kuwait. It was a welcome relief from months of anguish and an opportunity to take a time out from his predicament. In Kuwait, with the letter duly delivered, he went back to repay the loan and was offered a job with Al Ghanim Agency by John Asfour; it was the start of his lifelong association with the travel industry. Putting the typewriting and bookkeeping skills he had acquired in Egypt to good effect, he rose through the ranks to become general manager of the travel agency in 1957. Among the airlines that Al Ghanim represented were BOAC, Air India, BEA, Cyprus Airways, Swiss Air and Gulf Aviation (now known as Gulf Air). In 1960, on behalf of Al Ghanim, Jamil established the first ‘Arab’ travel office in London, on Baker Street. A year later he decided to move to London; but, before he had time to unpack his bags, BOAC asked him to go to Lebanon to become the first Arab sales manager on their behalf. It was a move that would shape the rest of his life. “From 1961 to 1971 Beirut was in its prime,” he says. “I landed up meeting practically every senior official in the Government of Lebanon including the President, Prime Minister and various government ministers, as well as the infamous spies Kim Philby and Guy Burgess at the St Georges Hotel where they spent hours ‘nesting’ before their final flight to Moscow. I even welcomed The Beatles to Beirut on their way to the Far East.” He credits the training he received from BOAC as

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instrumental to his subsequent success. “The discipline and adherence to standards I acquired has served me well; it was worth millions [of pounds],” he comments. “For a visit to Lebanon by the BOAC chairman, Sir Giles Guthrie, and his wife, I was asked to make all the arrangements for his trip as my own boss, Ray Bingham, was in hospital at the time. Sir Giles must have been impressed by my efforts as he subsequently recommended that I attend a one-year management training course in the United Kingdom, which I completed in 1967.” It was while in Beirut, in 1965, that he first met members of the ruling family from Bahrain — as there was no Bahraini embassy there at the time — helping them to clear immigration and customs formalities. In particular, he struck up a relationship with the late Sh. Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, the eldest son of His Royal Highness the Prime Minister, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. “It was quickly apparent to me that Sh. Mohammed was not well and that his visits to Lebanon were for health reasons,” Jamil says. “During this time we had talked about setting up a business in Bahrain and I was invited to Bahrain for further discussions.” As he talks, the affection he has for Sh. Mohammed is evident. “He was a very eloquent and intelligent young man with an extremely bright future ahead of him,” he says. “I remember helping him fill in his application form to attend UCLA University in the United States.” Jamil, though, was firm on one aspect of any potential business relationship. “I wanted to be a partner in the business and not just an employee with a Bahraini sponsor. At the time only Bahrainis could be shareholders in a local company.

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Jamil being received by the Emir Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa and Prince Charles in Bahrain

Securing a passport The downside to being a stateless person was brought home to him as he worked in Kuwait during the 1950s. “I would frequently be offloaded in Rome on the London to Kuwait flight, as I was travelling ‘free’,” Jamil recalls. “My lack of a ‘passport’ created a problem for me and my future.” This issue came to a head when he asked to go to New York to negotiate a general service agreement with Pan American World Airways on behalf of a leading businessman in Kuwait. Explaining the issue to the party concerned, he was subsequently issued a Kuwaiti passport. “I kissed the ground and gave thanks to Allah,” he remembers. While he was happy for his newly found status it had only been acquired for the convenience of others; it was not of his own making.

The BEATLES in transit at Beirut Airport on their way to Australia - 1964 [Jamil, next to Paul McCartney]

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In 1971, following his management training, BOAC assigned Jamil to the Middle East, based in Bahrain, as the marketing development manager for the Gulf region. His brief included the GCC, as we it today, and Iraq. While plans to establish a company with Sh. Mohammed continued, Jamil preferred that the young man complete his education before commencing a business venture. In the summer of 1974, with Sh. Mohammed close to completing his studies in Los Angeles, Jamil was asked to accompany the ‘family’ to the United States. When they arrived they found him in hospital in very poor health. The family returned to Bahrain and the Prime Minister flew to California to see his son. “The doctors treating Sh. Mohammed gave him only a few days to live and on June 14, 1974 he passed away, at the age of 22 years.” Once the funeral had taken place in Bahrain, Jamil was then commissioned to return back to Los Angeles in order to finalise the young man’s outstanding matters. “This was the worst two weeks of my life,” Jamil declares. As he speaks he sips some water to compose himself, the emotion surrounding this tragic event still fresh in his mind. His comment, though, is quite remarkable given, as he puts it himself, “At six I lost my father, at nine my mother and at 17 the British gave away my country and my home.” In dealing with his grief over the death of Sh. Mohammed it allowed Jamil to properly grieve for his own loss for the first time. In doing so he was able to end his search for an identity and to set out to find one. It is often the case that in order to move forward in life it is first necessary to allow any ‘wounds’ to heal. “In August 1974, at the request of his father and to fulfil the wishes of his late son, the company which Sh. Mohammed and I had named as United International Agencies was established,” Jamil explains. “I used my indemnity payment from BOAC to pay for my one-third share of the initial capital, with the full blessing of my wife.” In order to take up his position as a fully fledged partner, Jamil requested an audience with the late Emir Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa to obtain Bahraini nationality, which was easier to grant since he was already in possession of Kuwaiti citizenship at the time. This process, though, required Jamil to relinquish his Kuwaiti passport. “To effect this change in nationality I had to fly to Kuwait to explain the reasons for my decision to the late Sh. Saad Al Sabah,” he says. “My friends in Kuwait were very disappointed by my request although they understood the reasons why.” Jamil subsequently truncated the name of his company to UNITAG to avoid any confusion in the marketplace at the time as to the intentions and scope of the business. The travel industry is where his heart is and will always reside. A new chapter In starting out on a new chapter to his life, Jamil is no longer in need of an identity. He’s content to recognise that the time to move on has arrived and what really matters to him now are his family and his own small group of true friends. He plans to spend as much time as he can with them over the coming years; he’s happy just to be a good ‘granddad’.

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The Heart Manager simi kamboj As matters of the heart get more complicated, cardiologists such as Dr Adel Khalifa are on a constant lookout to bring the best of international procedures to the Kingdom.

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Dr Adel Khalifa holds the distinction of being the first cardiac electrophysiologist in Bahrain dealing with the diagnosis and management of irregular heartbeats. Simply put, cardiac electrophysiology is the science of studying and managing the electrical activities of the heart, including its rhythm. A highly specialised area, this is also the fastest growing of all cardiology disciplines. The doctor concedes that the mysterious functioning of the heart, the main engine of the body, has fascinated him ever since he was at high school. Along with the mystery was the challenge of dealing with the high prevalence of cardiac disorders; heart diseases are the biggest killer in Bahrain, accounting for 30 per cent of all deaths in the Kingdom. Having earned his MD in cardiology from Bahrain, he decided to specialise in interventional cardiac electrophysiology at the University of Toronto. On his return in 2008, he set up the first electrophysiology unit at the Mohamed bin Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa Cardiac Centre at Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) hospital where he has so far conducted over 500 procedures Prior to this facility, heart patients with certain types of rhythm disorders travelled to places such as Kuwait and India and sometimes even to England and Germany for treatment. A large part of Dr Adel’s work at the BDF involves installing devices such as pacemakers and cardioverter-defibrillators, in addition to which he conducts tests and studies relating to patients with rhythm disorders. Operating in a realm where innovation is almost a daily norm,

Dr Adel Khalifa

he’s happy that certain heart conditions including some varieties of palpitations that mandated the use of lifelong medication earlier can now be successfully cured through radio-frequency ablation. "Since we’re the referral centre for all cardiac cases in Bahrain, we’re always trying to incorporate new techniques in complex procedures. For example, pacemakers will be installed through minimally-invasive surgery in the near future. We hope to bring this technology to Bahrain in a couple of years,” he says. He also aims to bring in the latest procedures in treating potentially life threatening conditions such as the ventricular tachycardia, or fast heart rhythm, which originates from one the ventricles, the main pumping chambers of the heart. As an only son, Dr Adel is thankful for his family’s support in all his academic pursuits, especially during the eight years he was studying and practising medicine in Canada. In addition to manning the out-patient department at the Cardiac Centre at BDF, he also teaches medicine at his alma mater, the Arabian Gulf University. He aims to expand his unit and provide better care to keep pace with the demand. Currently, the waiting time for certain types of his procedures at the BDF are around two to three months, which he hopes to bring down to a few weeks. A strong believer in exercise regimen and discipline, Dr Adel chose to enrol for military practice at the BDF and currently holds the rank of major.

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Game Time

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Following the success and overwhelming response over the past two years, VIVA offers a once-in-alifetime opportunity to attend a week-long training camp at Manchester United Soccer School in the UK.

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Denis Law hardly needs any introduction; a member of the ‘Busby Babes’ team of the 1960s he still holds scoring records for both Manchester United (number of goals in a season) and Scotland (most goals). When we spoke to him during his stay in Bahrain, we asked what he would like to take from the modern game and have had available in his time as a professional footballer. “There are two things which would have been great to have had when I was playing,” he’s quick to reply. “Can you imagine what it would have been like for players such as Sir Bobby Charlton and George Best to have played on the pitches we see today in the English Premier League?” As one might expect from a striker, he’s thinking about the even greater number of goals he would have scored on the ‘lawns’ that grace today’s stadiums. His selection, though, is perhaps a little surprising for someone who admits he preferred Sir Matt Busby to give his team talks as close to the kick-off as possible, so as not to “forget” the instructions! “The statistics available to players today are fantastic, allowing performances to be improved and skills honed,” he says. While he admits that you cannot teach a striker the instinct required to be in the right place at the right time to hit the back of the net, you get the impression Denis would have been looking for the weaknesses in the opposition as much as his ‘fact’ sheet.

Denis Law with VIVA CEO Ulaiyan Al Wetaid

To a younger generation of aspiring football stars, his advice is to the point. “As a youngster you want to spend as much time as possible on the pitch; it’s the best place to learn your trade.” There’s an old adage, that to be ‘in business’ you need to be ‘in business’. For a professional footballer, you need to be playing football. There is a no substitute for game time. “If you are good enough you will be spotted by scouts from the elite football clubs,” Denis adds. Working your dream The third instalment of the VIVA Manchester United Soccer School (MUSS) programme, which started last month, gives 22 promising boys and girls, within the age group of 13-15 years, the chance to progress their dream of playing football for a living. To be one of the 22 winners schools will need to nominate a team of 11 players at the VIVA Manchester United Zone at Bahrain City Centre before May 11.An inter-school tournament, with Manchester United coaches, will then take place between May 16-18. The 22 finalists will win a week of expert football training sponsored by VIVA Bahrain from June 30 to July 6 at the Manchester United Soccer School grounds in United Kingdom, using state-of-the art training equipment. E Call 124 or visit www.viva.com.bh.

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MEISEI Restaurant Official Opening Under the patronage of HE Dr Hassan Fakhro, Industry and Commerce Minister, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to mark the official opening of MEISEI restaurant in Adliya. The opening was attended by HE Shigeki Sumi, Japanese Ambassador, Joonha Yu, South Korean Embassy Charge d'Affaires, Dr Fadhel Al Arrayed, chairman & CEO, Remza Investment Company, and a number of guests

HE Shigeki Sumi, Joonha Yu, HE Dr Hassan Fakhro, Maisoon, Samia & Dr Fadhel at the ribbon cutting ceremony

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Romina & Chef Sang

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DJ Kiwi & Rory Birthday Party At MEISEI Restaurant DJ Kiwi & Rory hosted a joint bithday party at the MEISEI restaurant in Adliya last month. The theme of the party 'Born To Rule People of Power Through The Ages'

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Salah, Fatima, Kristine, Sami, Moha & Fahad

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Rory, DJ Kiwi & Guillaume

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Cornelia, Mayla, Lepa & Constance

Olha, Eva & Sandra

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Dafni, Lepa & Stefanos

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businessthismonth When? May 7-9 | Event? Building and property exhibition | Venue? Bahrain International Exhibition and Conference Centre

Building the Future A trio of trade exhibitions this month will showcase the best of products and expertise available across the construction, interiors and property sectors in the region. Bahrain is hosting three important business events under one roof in May for those interested in any aspect of construction, design and real estate development markets. Hall One at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Conference Centre (BIECC) will be dedicated to GulfBID, the region’s top construction trade fair, which is back in its biggest and most comprehensive edition yet. Interest in the GulfBID is driven by the Northern Gulf’s positive long-term economic outlook, based on the expectation of sustained high oil prices and economic diversification strategies. According to recent reports, the value of completed projects in the region is expected to hit more than US$80 billion this year, with a further US$64.5 billion worth of new construction projects set to be awarded during the year. Those interested in interior design can head towards Hall Two, which will be the ultimate showcase for specialist interiors companies. Originally intended to complement and run concurrently with the well-established GulfBID exhibition, GulfInteriors has developed a unique brand identity. Visitors who have a project in mind can meet the best talent from the interiors, design and furniture markets, ranging from manufacturers, suppliers, designers, architects and contractors. Also this month

The events will host the construction, contracting and engineering communities of Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia under one roof. The organisers have bolstered marketing in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province this year, where billions of dollars of construction projects are under way. Property focus The decision to bring the Gulf Property Show into the fold this year was entirely logical for two principal reasons, explains Jubran Abdulrahman, managing director, Hilal Conferences and Exhibitions, the organisers. “First, regional economic indicators, as well as population growth forecasts, suggest the Northern Gulf property market will be a key economic driver in future. So, strategically the show aims to serve the business-to-business, and business-to-consumer needs of this sector,” says Jubran. “Secondly, we believe that what is missing in Bahrain, an important economic hub, is a dedicated showcase for the property sector. The Gulf Property Show naturally complements the GulfBID and GulfInteriors, which have clearly proven their twin strengths since 2010.” For visitors, this translates into unique access to a full supply chain of products and services in the property market. Whether you want to buy or invest in a residential or commercial property, construct or maintain buildings, decorate or make alterations to the interiors of your home or office, you’ll find it all at these three shows. E Call 17 299-123.

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When? May 2-3 Event? Summit Venue? The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa The GCC Certified Management Summit boasts local and international industry experts. E Call 36 721-968. When? May 7-9 Event? Building and property exhibition Venue? Bahrain International Exhibition and Conference Centre Learn about Bahrain’s construction, interiors and property industry services. E Call 17 299-123. When? May 7-9 Event? Seminar Venue? Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa Don’t miss the eighth Regional Forum for Administration Staff and Leaders. E Call 17 123-500. When? May 18 Event? Conference Venue? InterContinental Regency Medical experts gather to discuss HPB diseases for the first time in the Kingdom. E Call 36 658-296. When? May 27 and 28 Event? Conference Venue? Gulf Hotel Bahrain Industry issues will be highlighted at the Islamic Funds and Financial Markets Conference. E Call 43 431-200.

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Chris Strydom

Going Green with Tyres Simi Kamboj Ringco brings to the Kingdom an environmental innovation in the tyre industry that has flourished elsewhere in the world for many years.

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There may be a second life for the old and worn-out tyres in Bahrain, which inevitably end up at the junkyard in Askar. Retreading and remoulding of old commercial tyres will commence once Ringco sets up its factory in the Kingdom in the third quarter of this year. The remoulding process involves an inspection of the old tyres, removal of any remaining grooves on them and cementing a fresh ‘Ringtread’ ring onto the tyre before it is cured to bond the rubbers together. “Tyre retreading is a century-old practice which gained ground commercially at the end of World War II,” says Chris Strydom, service manager at Ringco. “Remoulded tyres have a market penetration of about 60 per cent in North America, Europe and South America; the GCC is about 10 to 15 years behind. Even so, there are 30 retreading factories in the UAE and about 17 such facilities in Saudi Arabia.” In Bahrain, there’s a resistance to retreated tyres and people would rather junk their old tyres and opt for new ones. “It’s a perception that we have to change,” adds Chris. “Bahrain throws out about 100,000 commercial vehicle tyres annually, which means that about a million discarded tyres have accumulated at Askar over the years.” The influx of cheap Chinese tyres in the market offers an easy choice to commercial operators, but premium remoulded tyres can offer up to three times the mileage of cheaper new tyres for a discounted price. In a bid to persuade the construction and logistics companies in Bahrain, Ringco is offering trial fitments for commercial vehicles. “So far, we’ve done trials with 200 Ringtread tyres and, at the end of the month, when we arrive at the cost incurred per kilometre, it turns out Ringtread tyres guarantee an impressive saving of up to 70 per cent,” Chris notes.

Ringco is the exclusive distributor of Ringtread, an Italian product that uses patented pre-cured treads for tyres produced in a full circle shape without joints, just like new tyres. Ringco’s confidence in its product is apparent from the oneyear warranty it offers on all remoulded tyres, the same as for any new premium tyre. Remoulding is internationally recognised as the best practical environmental option for tyre recycling and can reduce the number of scrap tyres by 50 per cent. Select premium tyres such as Yokohoma can be retreaded up to three times, offering much longer life. Chris has 13 years of work experience in South Africa, one of the most developed tyre markets in the world, where retread tyres have nearly 50 per cent market penetration. Now that ‘business angle’ Tenmou has invested in the company, the team at Ringco hopes to achieve 25 per cent market penetration in the next five years. “The domestic market in Bahrain is quite viable for us, but once we’re running at full capacity we will tap the export markets as well,” says Chris.

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Destination Planning Samy Boukhaled

xxxxx We’re re-launching the Arabic restaurant Pashawat under the stars with a belly dancing troupe

Simi Kamboj Enhancing the presence of this French brand in the Kingdom is a key goal for the new general manager at this luxury, resort-style hotel.

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Anyone who’s been to the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa needs no convincing to return to this haven of tranquility in the southern part of the Kingdom. Since landing in Bahrain earlier this year, Samy Boukhaled, the new general manager at the hotel, has been equally impressed by the sea-front property and open-minded people of Bahrain, as well as the Kingdom’s infrastructure, which he finds superior to that of his native Morocco. Two years into operations, the luxury resort has now found its niche with a significant recovery in business over the last year. Samy’s main brief lies in diversifying the hotel clientele and marketing the destination to everyone. "While GCC tourists remain loyal to the hotel on the weekends, there is a strong potential for the European market’s

interest in the property, given the Thalassa brand is famous across Europe. We need to promote Bahrain more across these geographies and the rest of the world,” he says. Samy is currently working at flying in major tour operators and wholesalers to give them a taste of the resort hotel and its 2,000-square-metre, seawater-based Thalassa spa, an offering unique to the region. Noting the strong presence of such destinations as Saudi Arabia and Dubai at most major travel exhibitions worldwide, Samy rues that Bahrain does not have sufficient visibility at leading travel shows, especially the International Tourism Exchange (ITB), Berlin,and the World Travel Market (WTM), London. Sofitel Bahrain will be showcasing its offerings at some of these events next year. The weddings segment has been doing well but the new general manager would like more events and entertainers from abroad to “build a destination within the destination” and raise footfall during the week. La Mer is a fabulous venue in need of more promotion, he feels, and the Friday brunch will be tweaked soon, with artists from Morocco flying in to enliven the proceedings. "We’re re-launching the Arabic restaurant Pashawat under the stars with a belly dancing troupe. For the Indian Festival in May, we’ll fly in chefs and performers and, later in the month, similar arrangements will be made for the Moroccan Week,” he says. In the later summer months, his priorities will shift to the French Week celebrations in June followed by the Holy Month of Ramadan. Samy has spent most of his career, 23 years to be exact, with the Accor chain and he observes that the Middle East is relatively new territory for the French hospitality player. "The Middle East and Eastern European markets are now a priority area for us. With our touch of the ‘magnifique’, we hope to create a unique offering melding French elegance with the best of local traditions,” he says. True to the ethos of Accor, the hotel staff are part of the brand’s strategy and are given sufficient autonomy to continually surprise guests. It’s the Accor spirit of oneness that unites more than 30 nationalities to offer guests personalised service with emotion and passion every day, he believes.

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Sharp 90 Inch LED TV Launch Rouben's Store W.L.L. held a reception to mark the launch of the Sharp 90 inch AQUOS LED TV last month. This is the world's largest LED TV and the launch was held at the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre (BIEC)

Amal Rouben & Muna Al Hashimi unveil the new AQUOS LED TV watched by Vini

Mehmood, Akil, Vini, Biju, Siju, Madhu & Teddy

Muna Al Hashimi, Amal Rouben & Vini

Teddy explains the features of the TV

Maki Dinner Party A private dinner party was held at the Maki Restaurant at the World Trade Centre last month

Rajab, Oliver & Amer

Mowfaq & Saeed

Andrea & Dinara

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Samsung Press Meet A press conference was held to announce that Samsung phones and tablets in Bahrain can now be serviced and repaired at Al Hawaj and Sons group company Techno Blue Trading. The press meet was held at Al Hawaj in Salmaniya last month

Sunita, Mustafa, Mohammed Al Hawaj & Kamalakkannan

Dilraz & Marise

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Ladies Luncheon A number of lady friends got together for a ladies luncheon at Nino's Restautant in Seef district last month Ladies at the lunch

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Zeina & Janet

Balqees & Maha

Ashalatha, Mala & Anne

Mariam, Kiki & Jeannie

Sharifa

Mala & Anne

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Batelco Made In Bahrain Week Launch Made in Bahrain Week, organised by Batelco's Youth Marketing Team, was launched at the Al Aali Mall Boulevard (Walking Area Outdoors). The event was opened by Muna Al Hashimi, Batelco general manager Consumer Division

Muna Al Hashimi cuts the ribbon watched by members of Batelco's Youth Marketing Team

Mohammed, Ebrahim, Muna, Aala & Fatima

Mariam & Fatima

Bedar & Salman

George & Renee

Hind & Noora

Samar

Dana & Shaikha

Rawan & Salma

Lian

Hassan

Sara

Shahnaz

Maybank ASEAN Cup 2013 The Malaysian Club of Bahrain (MCB) supported by the Malaysian Embassy organised the Maybank ASEAN Cup 2013, sponsored by the Maybank Group. The event held at the Al Ahli Stadium in Zinj was attended by HE HE Ahmad Shahizan Abd Samad, Malaysian Ambassador and members of the ASEAN community

HE Ahmad Shahizan Abd Samad

Agus Salim, HE Chilman Arisman, Indonesian Ambassador, Fery Iswandy & Sahlani Abdulrahman

Sukma & Ratne

Zaty & Marsya

Lia, Doris & Buddi

Shahriman & Shahafeez

Action from one of the matches

Faidzul

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Ebrahim, Samer & Sunil

Ira, Cla, Giselle & Lovely

Shoja, Shubi, Shifang & Shahin

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McDonald's Saar Re-Opening McDonald’s Bahrain, launched their 1st re-imaged restaurant at Nejib Centre, Saar in line with McDonald’s Corporation’s “Next Generation” design initiative, a global initiative to create an enhanced customer experience with a contemporary design and a premium quality environment

Adel Fakhro, Mohammed & Gernot Taufmann

Dr Essam, Abdulla & Adel Fakhro open the new outlet

Benjie, Junaid, Khurshid, Hakan & Mohammed

Dr Essam, Abdulla & Adel Fakhro with staff & guests

Mr Jaffer & Abdulla Fakhro

Richard

Rose & Jameel

Abdulla Fakhro & Hakan

Sammer, Dr Essam & Lubna Fakhro

Ahmed Fakhro

Higer Launch A.A. Bin Hindi & China’s fastest growing bus company Higer, held a press meet to launch the Higer range in Bahrain. The event attended by HE Li Chen, Chinese Ambassador, A.A. Bin Hindi & Higer officials and guests was held at the Royal Golf Club last month

Ahmed Bin Hindi, Jerry Chen & Michael Ma address the media

Ahmed bin Hindi, HE Li Chen, Jerry & Michael

Mohammed Bin Hindi & HE Li Chen

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Momen, Muneer, Jassim & Said

Michael, Ahmed Bin Hindi, HE Li Chen, Mohammed Bin Hindi, Guo & John Joseph

Muneer, Santosh & Said

Guo, Jerry, HE Li Chen, Michael & Liu

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Your Window to Property in the Gulf The event for the Real Estate Sector to meet with Investors & Buyers for the dream property of the future Tuesday 7 May 12 noon - 9pm Wednesday 8 May 9am - 9pm Thursday 9 May 9am - 9pm

Enquiries: +973 1729 9123 - info@hilalce.com - www.gulfpropertyshow.net


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Kempinski Easter Brunch The Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel, Bahrain City Centre held an Easter Brunch for a number of guests. The brunch was held at the hotel's Baharat Restaurant

Alex & Sammy

Ben & Edd

Donny, Andrea, Armie, Yaqoob, Amith & Ahmed

Brian & Debbie

Pat, Emma, Cheri & Veronica

Caroline, Megan & Charlotte

Evelyn & Howard

Tracey & Matt

Ute & Tom

Vania & Pippa

Mihail & Charlie

Emily & Ella

Mercure Grand Easter Brunch The Mercure Grand Hotel Seef held an Easter Brunch for a number of guests last month. The sparkling family brunch with entertainment also featured, a kids play zone, face painting and an Easter eggs colouring competition for the kids

Rabab & Raina

Huw & Rhys

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Yasser, Amin & Zeina

Kids at the play zone

Cristina & JT

Kids enjoying painting the eggs

Caralina & Jane

Treaz & Titi

Yara & Abdulrahman

Habiba, Zeina, Salma, Ingrid & Andrea

Geraldine & Clodagh

Alphonso

Razan & Anjeneena

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Alosra Supermarket Opens in Riffa Palms Under the patronage of HE Dr Hassan Fakhro, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Alosra Supermarket, a subsidary of BMMI officially opened its doors at Riffa Palms last month. The chain’s fourth branch opening was attended by BMMI board of directors, BMMI top management and a number of guests

HE Dr Hassan Fakhro cut the ribbon watched by BMMI board of directors and members of the management team

HE Dr Hassan Fakhro with BMMI board of directors & management

Abdulla Juma & Hameed Rahman

Rajan, Fadhel, Mohammed, Ding, Saif, Hisham & Vener

Suresh, Mike & Robert

HE Dr Hassan Fakhro & Jaffar Al Asfoor, Alosra general manager

Mike Eastwood & Brandon

Jad & Sarah

Intercol Annual Funfair Intercol held its annual family funfair at the Mina Salman Training & Recreation Center of Intercol

Amanda, Sunita & Mitch

Jayachandran, Jayasankar & Premchand

Niranjan & Mohammed

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Sasi, Nomi & Lubina

Naveen Jacqueline, Brenda, Lucy & Paul

Mahesh & Anisha

Jeanna, Lissy, Sam & Nileen

Nishad & Musthafa

Ajith, Salitha, Abhishek, Abhirami & Sundher

Nabeela

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SHOW TIMINGS Tuesday 7 May 12 noon - 9pm Wednesday 8 May 9am - 9pm Thursday 9 May 9am - 9pm

Your Guide To

Visit the World’s Leading Brands at the Annual Expo for Interiors, Design & Furniture

Bahrain International Exhibition Centre Visitors, pre-register online: www.gulfinteriorsexhibition.com Enquiries: +973 17 299 123 or info@hilalce.com Powered by

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Crowne Plaza Staff Party The Crowne Plaza Bahrain held its annual staff party at the hotel's Bahrain Conference Centre. The theme of the party was Hawaiian

Ebrahim Al Kooheji, Ebtisam, Adel Al Daylami, Pascal & Elviera Eggerstedt, Dr Amr, Ali Juma & Laxman

Blenda & Ruby

Manju, Anuradhi & Nulara

Sneha, Priya & Jaycee

Janeesa, Ashwini & Maryann

Ruby, Mary & Ruth

Bineesh & Uzzair

Bineesh, Hashim, Priya & Sneha

Jonel & Cheri

Manvi

Jayachandran

Abdul Latif

BIA-CBB Dinner The Bahrain Insurance Association (BIA) hosted a gala dinner as pasrt of the annual Bahrain Insurance Day at the Gulf Hotel's Al Dana Hall 1 & 2. The event was attended by officals from the Bahrain Insurance Association, Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) and from leading insurance companies in Bahrain

Fadi & Mustafa

Fouad, Fadi, Waleed & Younis

Masood & Sahar

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Younis & Yazid

Shaikha Naila, Fatima & Ahy

Zaid & Steve

Asma, Ali & Khaleel

Ashrafi & Odette

Hameed, Mustafa & Marwan

Nabeel & Zaid

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As You See It Paden Vaughan Now with Sony’s 4K TVs in the market, how is the television industry going to change? The past five years have seen an incredible development in media technology. The rise of the LCD screen forever changed the way we use TVs. The gaming industry has grown from bored kids at an arcade to a multi-billon dollar industry. It has only really been in the past two years that 3D TV has developed into the gigantic industry it is today. In 2013, it seems as if the television industry is once again set to change dramatically. Sony announced their range of 4K TVs, which caused huge interest at the International Consumer Electronics Show 2013. If you’re not totally sure what exactly they mean by the term ‘4K’, well, it basically describes a resolution of 3840x2160 pixels. To put it into perspective, it has twice the horizontal and vertical resolution of the 1080p HDTV format. So to say the picture on one of these 4Ks is good is an understatement! Experts are already praising the potential of these revolutionary screens. Sony has brought out a seven-foot model, with a picture of such pristine quality that few broadcasters can take advantage of the technology! The screen is so large that you could easily watch two movies at once on the screen! You don’t even need to use 3D technology to appreciate the quality. The standard picture on Also this month

one of these stunning models is 16 times sharper than that of a normal television. As you’d probably expect, these things don’t come cheap. Sony recently revealed the proposed pricing for their more inexpensive 4K range; the cheapest model (the 55-inch) costs USD4,999! It is a gargantuan amount of money to spend on a TV but it’s still significantly cheaper than Samsung’s 85-inch TV, which has a USD40,000 price tag, and Sony’s seven-foot model going for USD25,000! Harrods in London currently has a 4K on display for those who want a taste of what it really looks like. However, Sony isn’t just tapping into the television market; they’re also releasing the 4K media player, which is set to clean the wallet out, retailing at just under USD700. The gaming industry will take full advantage of these technological masterpieces as well. Sony promises that the highly anticipated PlayStation 4, set to hit the shelves this winter, will feature 4K compatibility. Many companies are joining in on the fun. BBC plans to film its next natural history programme with this technology. After watching documentaries like Frozen Planet, I would like nothing more than to watch the series in the most pristine viewing quality imaginable. So it’s safe to say that Sony’s latest release is definitely going to change the way the television industry works. People demand better visual quality more and more today. Alas, until the cheaper 4K models come out, most of us can only imagine what it’s like.

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Shout out The Phoenix Portable Bluetooth Speaker is incredibly loud and extremely small. This little gizmo from Firebox is big where it counts though; it’s easy to set up and offers excellent sound quality.

It’s a draw Griffin has announced that it is shipping the Crayola Light Marker for iPad. It looks like your typical marker, only it works in conjunction with the iPad, allowing kids to draw on the tablet screen.

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Get Sporty This month, gadgets are a guy’s best friend. We’ve rounded up a host of ‘wonders’ that will get those male hormones really buzzing.

Going for a stroll

Walking will never be the same; the Walking Style X from Omron features 3D electronic acceleration technology, as well as giving an indication of calories burnt!

Editor's pick! Picture perfect

Heralded as the world’s most versatile camera, the GoPro HERO3 Black Edition is perfect for those who wish to capture all their sporting feats, from cycling to skydiving. With a 12-megapixel lens and the ability to shoot movies in 1080p, you can do so extremely professionally!

Running wild

A must-have for night-time runners, the Armpocket Nighthawk Armband has enough room to hold an iPhone 5, as well as credit cards and cash.

Weigh up the benefits

This isn’t just any old bathroom scale. The Fitbit Aria not only gives you a reading of your weight, but also your BMI and body fat! The information then gets transferred wirelessly to your computer so you can track your progress.

Sounding healthy

Not only will they play all your favourite songs, but the Valencell V-LINC ear-buds also measure biometric and physiological data. The device can monitor heart and respiration rates, energy expended and so much more!

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Smart monitoring

The brilliant Tinke connects directly to an iPhone and measures bloodoxygen and respiratory and heart rates by simply placing your finger on the device. This then uploads the information straight to the iPhone.

Time to stay fit

The Pebble Smartwatch is configured specifically for cycling, running and emailing, as well as telling time, of course. The watch even features its own app store, so you can truly customise it to make it your own.

At the flick of a wrist

With the Mio Alpha you can easily monitor your heart rate without masses of equipment; the device straps to your wrist, making it perfect to calculate your ideal heart rate while running.

Sporting sound

The Jaybird Bluetooth ear-buds are made for athletes; they feature an eight-hour battery life, a variety of different side buds and, most importantly, are 100 per cent sweat free!

To the core

As you wear the BodyMedia Core armband, the device’s four sensors track your motion, the rate at which heat leaves your body and also skin temperature, all of which help calculate calories you have burnt throughout the day.

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Gizmo Alert!

If you’re after some new gadgets, Lulu Hypermarket is a one-stop shop that you should visit. Expect to find the most competitive offers on the latest products.

Editor's pick! Samsung Galaxy Note 2

BlackBerry Z10

The all new BlackBerry is making waves in the smartphone market. Thin, light and incredibly fast, the Z10 boasts a userfriendly interface that will keep you connected.

The top big screen smartphone offers vibrant high-definition display for the techsavvy with fast performance, dual-view multitasking options and a long battery life.

BSNL Penta Tablet Sony Xperia Z

India’s first 3G eight-inch tablet PC allows users to connect with the world through an in-built 3G SIM slot and Wi-Fi. The tablet comes pre-loaded with many popular games and applications.

This full HD smartphone showcases the world’s sharpest five-inch display screen. The camera is built with the same expertise and components as all leading Sony cameras, allowing users to capture ultra-clear photos and videos.

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Epson Ultra High Printer L200

Epson launches its first range of inkjet printers that features an integrated ultra-high-capacity ink tank system designed to offer cost-effective, reliable colour printing.

HP All-In-One Printer

This is a must have for any office. With a 60-sheet input tray and a colour print speed of up to 16 pages per minute, you can print, copy and scan using this user-friendly gadget.

Benq 37-inch LED TV

Offering a real cinema experience in the comfort of your own home, this LED screen puts forward 1920x1080 resolution, USB movie playback and three HDMI slots.

LG 42-inch Smart LED TV

Super-slim, eco-friendly and with a sharper, more detailed picture and stunning contrast ratio, this TV is a revolution in image quality and design. Its slim profile makes it perfect for wall-mounting.

Samsung 40-inch 3D Smart LED TV

This slim 3D LED will bring all of your TV and movie action to life. It fits into any home decor and comes with three HDMI and USB ports, amazing theatre sound and crystal clear image and motion rate quality.

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Blast from the Past This month’s new music review is filled with well-known names and some very familiar sounds!

Depeche Mode Delta Machine

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of the quintessential bands from the 80s. They capture everything that is essential from a pop band of the era; bluesy guitars, insanely catchy synthesiser chords and crooning vocals. Four years on fromtheir previous release the band is beginning to show its age, yet some of the old charm is still evident. For a band, though, whose sound 1980s was designed to be futuristic a generation ago they now seem unsure about what they should be doing — showing the new crop of synthpop bands how it’s done, or trying to please a loyal, but ageing, fan base.

WORTH A LISTEN?

The 13th outing from one of the most recognised bands of the 1980s is certainly very big on the instrument front. Delta Machine is, in itself, everything you’d expect from a band that’s been around for over 30 years. While the partnership of Dave Gahan and Martin Gore is still strong, and this is reflected well in the music, the album does not quite live up to expectation. It’s certainly not 13th time lucky!

Verdict: A nice return to form from the guys in the band; it’s nothing spectacular, but still a decent album nonetheless. TOP TRACKS: Heaven and Secret To The End Suede

Bloodsports Eleven years on from their last release, British alt-rockers Suede are again back together, and back in the limelight with their latest release. Bloodsports is a solid and fitting reminder of what the band can produce. Often bands fall into the trap of becoming clichéd and just plain dull, so it’s nice to see that they have kept to their roots. If this was their last album, I would not complain — it’s a bookmark from which to call it a day.

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The Strokes

Killswitch Engage

Comedown Machine

Disarm the Descent

The fifth release from The Strokes is not one their fans might be keen to listen to! The classic guitar, heavy punk and punchy sound seem to have been totally lost; instead, it’s a more piano driven, quasi 80s new wave homage sound.

The first record with original vocalist Jesse Leach since 2002, Alive and Breathin proves Killswitch still has it! With blistering breakdowns, melodic and catchy hooks, and Jesse’s ferocious vocals back on top form, Disarm the Descent is set to jog a few memories.

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From Gears to Golf Whether you’re fighting the legendary beasts of Greek mythology, or just teeing off, there’s sure to be something for everyone in this month’s hottest games!

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Spectacularly designed and thought-provoking, the latest Bioshock game is a definite winner! As you venture round the idealistic airborne city of Colombia, you pick up some nifty powers to tackle the abundant corruption.

Gears of War: Judgement (Xbox 360) RATING:

WHAT IS IT?

When it comes to action games, the charts are usually bombarded with a myriad of ‘first person shooters’, so it’s a pleasant surprise to revel in a game that is one of the franchises that made the Xbox 360 what it is today! Gears Of War: Judgement is the fourth edition in the highly successful action series, but serves as a prequel to the previous instalments. Set 14 years before the first game, you fight to save the city of Halvo Bay from a habitually dishonest new enemy.

God of War: Ascension (PS3)

Join Kratos once again in the newest God of War game and see the events that shaped him into the brutal warrior he became. The game is stunningly cinematic, and the combat is as enjoyable as it is brutal.

GRAPHICS:

In all the Gears of War (GOW) editions the developers, Epic Games, have done a sterling job, and Judgement’s graphics are definitely an improvement! Now slicing your enemies with the infamous lancer will feel even more satisfying! The colour has also been given a big lif so things aren’t as grey as they have previously been.

GAMEPLAY: It can be argued that the greatest element of all the GOW games is the spectacular multiplayer mode, and the latest version is equally brilliant! While it features all the classic modes from previous games, such as verses, horde and the like, what really boosts this game is the awesome OverRun mode. Similar to Battlefield’s Rush mode, players control both locusts and the COG tags. It’s a classic theme; if the COG tags are used to keep a generator safe, then you win.

VERDICT: This is an awesome prequel and although the plot is weaker than previous games, it makes up for it with the amazing multiplayer modes.

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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 (Xbox 360 & PS3)

The latest PGA game does have a lot of fantastic features and, of course, the overall look and feel is excellent! Aside from a few minor problems it is as enjoyable as it looks.

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Droold.com RATING:

WHAT IS IT? This cool site has just about everything we ‘drool’

over, with amusing gadgets, sumptuous food, sporty vehicles and pretty much anything else you can think of! The site’s main page is overflowing with the latest fads and quirky gimmicks. From a life-size horse lamp to a Darth Vader motorcycle helmet, it’s a showcase for the creative juices of the human mind. In no time you’ll be hooked. What’s more, you can submit your personal selection so everyone else can see what you are drooling over!

THE GOOD: The overall design of the site is wonderful, with an easy-

to-use and clear interface. You can easily find what they’re looking for with different subjects neatly categorised. The site also gives you a decent chunk of information on the featured items; if you were looking at a gadget, for example, it would tell you pricing, specification and a whole host of other details.

THE BAD:

Due to the voluminous image content, the site can often be rather slow; aside from this minor problem, there’s nothing really disappointing about the site. However, some of the information on the different items can be a sparse.

VERDICT: A chic and nifty little site; you’ll be sure to be ‘drooling’ in no time!

Whatstrending.com Whether it is music, film or even funny videos, this site will keep you right on trend the most-talked about subjects happening now. With a constantly changing front page you can easily share stories on Facebook and Twitter.

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Imremembering.com Feeling nostalgic? Then fear not, this engaging little website will let you relive the glory days. It features images and videos from the 80s and 90s for those who remember these years with fond memories.

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All Fun and Games From games to social networking, this month’s hottest apps have it all!

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Happier This cool new social networking app is a simple and beautiful way to collect and share all those happy moments; upload pictures or just write about those great moments and share them with friends and family, and you can even post to Twitter and Facebook via the app!

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WHAT IS IT?

This atmospheric new platform game for IOS is not only an absolute delight to play, but incredibly well rendered too! The game is set in a strange forest and players control one of its fuzzy little inhabitants, guiding them through a series of levels to see what’s wrong with the forest.

THE GOOD: Already bombarded with five-star reviews on the App Store, it’s not hard

to see why people love this brilliant little indie game, which features intuitive one-touch controls and 40 unique levels! There’s even an awesome multiplayer mode, which allows up to four players to participate at 12 levels, and more will follow in planned updates! Winning games usually both look good and provide great gameplay; this app has both by the bucket. It’s almost irritating how something so simple lands up being so completely addictive. Chasing fuzzy little creatures is hardly a proposition from Lichtenstein, yet the game compels you to keeping trying to triumph.

THE BAD: Admittedly, it’s very hard to find fault with the game itself; the only qualm I

have is with its current price (US$3.85). This might be a little high for what it is.

VERDICT: A refreshing new indie addition to the app world, it’s easy to see why it’s at the top of the App Store charts!

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Sketch Me! Simple and fun, Sketch Me! converts photos into sketched drawings. It’s a nice, novel idea, doing exactly what it says on the tin — sure the novelty may wear off after a while, but it’s a great way to change up a photo; and it’s free!

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Trance RATING: DIRECTED BY: Danny Boyle STARRING: James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel

THE PLOT:

Fine art auctioneer Simon (McAvoy) teams up with a criminal gang to steal a priceless Goya painting. But after he receives a blow to the head during the heist, he awakes with no recollection of where he hid the painting. His partner Franck (Cassel) insists he consults hypnotist Elizabeth (Dawson) to delve into the darkest recesses of his mind.

WORTH WATCHING? Boyle does an excellent job at

storytelling; the complexity of the movie can be likened to Inception and Fight Club, which means it’s hard to reveal a lot of the action without spoiling the movie! It’s not without errors, but it makes up for these by being full of suspense and dazzling visuals.

VERDICT: A nice twist on the tried and tested heist movie theme from a director who is very much at the top of his game.

Snitch ‘The Rock’ is back in what is claimed to be an all-out action movie; in reality it’s more of a family drama. Dwayne Johnson’s performance is suitably toned down, but the film possesses a preachy attitude that does rather dampen the experience. It’s A case of ‘soft’ rock not being the real thing.

Dark Skies You’d hope this would be like Paranormal Activity with aliens; unfortunately this isn’t really the case. Dark Skies does have a few genuinely scary moments but there’s nothing to shake you out of your skin. Failing to live up to its potential, it’s a movie that will not live long in the memory, like its title.

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MOVIES

Django Unchained In this hybrid Western from visionary director Quentin Tarantino, unlikely allies join in the battle against a tyrannical plantation owner, who grooms his slaves for gladiator-like contests. Set in the antebellum era of the Deep South and Old West, the film follows a freed slave (Foxx) who treks across the United States with a bounty hunter (Waltz) on a mission to rescue his wife (Washington) from a cruel plantation owner (DiCaprio). The picture was nominated for five Academy Awards including best picture. It also won Christoph Waltz several accolades for his performance, including a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and his second Academy Award for best supporting actor.

SERIES/SPECIALS

Touch (S2) After a successful global premiere, hit drama Touch returns for a sophomore season exclusively on OSN, starring Emmy and Golden Globe winner Kiefer Sutherland who plays Martin Bohm. The widower struggles to communicate with his emotionally challenged 12-year-old son, Jake, who does not speak. In Season 2, the action shifts to LA, where Martin and Jake find themselves at the centre of a global conspiracy involving a mother in search of her missing daughter, a mathematical genius and a religious zealot, assassinating others with abilities like Jake’s.

WHEN? OSN Box Office 1, May 5 Madagascar 3

WHEN? Every Tuesday on OSN First HD

WHEN? Every Friday on OSN First HD

WHEN? Every Monday on Food Network HD

House of Cards (S1)

Smash (S2)

Food Wars

Starring Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey and Golden Globe nominee Robin Wright, this exciting political thriller is screened exclusively on OSN. The one-hour political drama series slithers behind the curtain of power, sex, ambition, love, greed and politics in Washington DC.

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The musical drama that celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of the Broadway theatre is back with all-new episodes. There’s plenty of excitement in store this season in addition to new guest stars, including Liza Minnelli, Sean Hayes and Jennifer Hudson.

Host Camille Ford, travel enthusiast and lover of all things food, sets out to find the country’s most celebrated dishes — foods that define destinations and create local rivalries spanning generations. The actress and producer has hosted numerous network shows.

Snow Day

The third entry in the franchise finds the tight-knit group of animals joining a travelling circus in order to get back home. This time, Alex, and the gang find themselves in Euroupe. Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith reprise the voice roles.

When an entire town in upstate New York is closed down by an unexpected snowfall, a ‘snow day’ begins. A group of elementary school kids, led by Natalie Brandston, try to ensure that the schools stay closed by stopping a mechanical snow plow driver by trying to hijack his plow truck.

WHEN? OSN Movies HD, May 3

WHEN? OSN Movies Kids, May 14

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Henry's 7th Birthday Party Henry celebrated his 7th birthday with parents Bless & David, brother James and a number of his friends at Jasmi's Zinj, last month

James, David, Henry & Bless

Alfie, James, Jack, Arjun, Luke & Christina

Cathal, Kevin & Lorenso

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Luke, Arjun & James

Bless, Jennie, Myla & Jane

Bless, Madge, Elena, Joyce & Kristiana

Arnel & Juano

Jack & Christina

Kevin

Dana, Leonie & Ella B.

Riley & Noah

Cristine

Ryan

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Shirley Yateem Luncheon Shirley Yateem hosted a charity ladies luncheon at the Aisha Yateem Counselling Centre in Hamad Town last month

Layla, Salwa, Mariam & Shirley

Ebtisam & Nawal

Shahrazad & Layla

Bahiya & Hilde

Lara, Dana, Johara, Rania & Salma

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Zanab, Fouzea & Dr Ghaniya

Noor & Hala

Shahnaz, Fayka & Mala

Radha, Renuka & Liliane

Mona, Jo, Joanne & Kate

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Danish National Day Celebrations The Danish community in Bahrain celebrated Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark's birthday at the residence of the Danish Consular Agent Bjarne Bidsted last month

Peter, Bjarne, Sarah & Samina

Susanne, Leah, Mr. Bidsted & Karsten Pedersen cut the cake

Mr Salim & Family with Bjarne

Kristian, Claus, Casper & Hans

Thomas

Bjarne & Armi

Leah & Caroline

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Mary-Anne, Susanne, Daisy & Leah

Ulla, Armi & Esa

Mr. Bidsted, Vagn & Erik

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Percy & Manijeh Navroze Party Percy & Manijeh hosted a Navroze party at the Caesar's Restaurant, Adliya

Dr Joshi, Manijeh, Meher & Percy

Anirudh, Sarosh, Prakash & Mudit

Srini, Manjeh, Suhasni & Percy

Surya

Dr Sandhu & Bharti

Hurmaz, Rayo, Manijeh, Sam, Cyrus, Beulah, Cyrus & Jerustin

Urvashi & Rasila

Pallavi & Percy

Vijay

Zulfikar, Srini, Vinod, Mr Gill, Manijeh & Percy

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

Carole & Lee

Gordin, Bela & Sara

Ludmila, Veronika & Mariam

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Kathy & Mark

Helen & Andre

Kids performing a dance

Ayisha & Malana

Kathy & Sarah

Mustafa

Lorin

Keith & Gaye

Anna

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Bon Giovi At Club Buffalo Bon Giovi, an international tribute to Bon Jovi, took center stage at Club Buffalo, Ramee California Hotel in Juffair last month

Bon Giovi on stage with a fan

Majeed, Nazi & Felix

Sama & Debbie

Elma, Stella & Liny

Mohamed & Caroline

Suzy & Venie

Prasan, Shantharam Shetty & Antony

Mary & Angeli

Domoe, Miramda & Jared

Subi with Ashish Shetty

Andrey, Marina & Steve

John & Jen

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AG Give Back Zumbathon Thank You Lunch Al Ghalia & Dessange held a luncheon to say thank you to the sponsors and supporters of its AG Give Back Zumbathon. The lunch was held at Zoe's Restaurant in Adliya last month

Suzanne, Dana & Yasmeen

Vijay, Mary & Gina

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Jenny, Janeth, Suzanne & Christina

Farheen, Anne & Randa

Allan & Marlowe

Manal, Lelani, Eit & Maricris

Bahnaz & Anne

Joan & Ludy

Badia

Chrisrelle & Georgina

Murali & Riina

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Nissan Pathfinder Launch YK Almoayyed & Sons, the sole distributor of Nissan vehicles in the kingdom held a launch for the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder at the Nissan showroom in Sitra

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The all-new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder

Hussain & Ian

Ibrahim & Mehmood

Declan

Peter, Shetty, Mohanty & Prabhu

Mohammed Almoayyed & Ali

Salman, Stacey & Zaid

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Tricia

Mohammed & Rashid

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Hyundai Backhoe Loaders Launch Motorcity, the sole distributor of Hyundai Heavy Industries in Bahrain, launched two new Hyundai backhoe loaders featuring powerful and reliable Perkins engines and deluxe cabin designs. The launch was held at the Motorcity Showroom in Nuwaidrat last month

Waleed & Fawaz Kanoo

Arun Kumar

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Bisan & Lourdes

Bashar Darkazalli, Adnan, Hani & Vishal

Waleed Kanoo, Arun, Mohammed Jalal & Ibrahim

Tushar & Adrian

Manoj

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British School Musical A number of talented kids from the British School of Bahrain's (BSB’s) Academy of Performing Arts and Music and Stage for Kids (MASK) held a production of West Side Story at the school's sports hall last month

A scene from the musical

Kim, Joy & Vilma

Juju & Eman Stephanie & Marianne

Kianna, Sofia & Tamara

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Sowsan & Layla

Akansha & Nitin

Tony & Alex

Shiavax & Areej

Clare & Trudy

Caleb, Sara, Raina, Bobby & Lloyd

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Custom Designed Industrial Vehicles Launch Motorcity, the sole distributor of a wide range of international commercial vehicles in the kingdom revealed three different Custom Designed Industrial Vehicles in an exclusive event at Motorcity showroom in Nuwaidrat

Zaid, Bijan, Arun Kumar, Bashar & Brett

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Mayukh, Bisan & Victoria

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John, Bashar & Ali

Ammar

Mujahid & Agnelo

Mathew

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Hellenic Community Of Greece And Cyprus in Bahrain Registration At the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa, a very important milestone was achieved in the journey of formally establishing the Hellenic Community of Greece and Cyprus in Bahrain. A registration event was held for interested Greeks and Cypriots residing in Bahrain to become Founding Members of the planned community, which is in the process of its legal registration with the Ministry of Social Development. The registration had a wonderful turn out, yet again confirming the need and interest of Hellenes living in Bahrain to develop an active Community

Akis, Alex

Stelios & Michail

Eirini, Konstantina, Iro, Elena, Maria, Ioannis & Ron

Theoranis & Ioanna

Members of the Hellenic community of Greece & Cyprus at the event

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Maria & Kostantinos Pallikaropoulos, Greek Consul

Kathrina & Ranj

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Viditha's 1st Birthday Party Vijayendra & Veena hosted a party to celebrate the 1st bithday of their daughter Viditha at the Ramee International Hotel, Juffair

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Viditha, Vijayendra, Veena & Vishruth

Viditha at her cake cutting

Viditha, Vijayendra, Veena, Vishruth, Ashalatha, Dheeptha, Shantharam & Ashish

Viditha, Vijayendra, Devu, K.Kumar, Raj & Aryan

Veena & friends

Rehman, Vijayendra, Maqbool & Ashish

Dheeptha & Viditha

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Internations.Org Get Together InterNations - a trusted Network & Guide for Expats in Bahrain held a reception for members to mix and mingle with fellow expats and global minds last month. The event was held at BICE Restaurant, World Trade Centre Indira, Hilon, Burak & Dogon

Marta & Ewa

Josh, Fabiola, Emma & Charlie

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Hany, Laura, Gina & Ahmed

David, Lani, Michael & Josephine

Ozan, Danila, Natali & Mary

Aigerin, Esra, Vivien & Natasha

Shafiq & Kathy

Wajvi

Ramee & Viveka

Quinn & Zena

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Iris Erber Birthday Party Iris & Manfred Erber hosted a party to celebrate the birthday of Iris at their residence in Budaiya

Fabian, Iris & Laura

Manfred, Iris, George, Ingrid, Laura & Fabian

Manfred, Iris, Maike, Marco & Boris

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Andreas, Iris, Yasmine, Laura & Fabian

Doris, Lea, Nils, Marco, Andreas, Ernst & Maike

Fatima, Maria, Audrey & Andrea

George, Wendy, Anne & Jaap

Andrea, Josefine, Doris, Panos, Madelaine & Shandra

Iris, Christa & Yo

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bystanderthismonth HOCHTIEF Facility Management Bahrain Airport actively strives for the International standards in Facility Management and has recently been awarded with the three International Integrated Management System certifications: BS EN ISO 9001: 2008 Quality Management Systems; ISO 14001: 2004 Environmental Management Systems; BS OHSAS 18001: 2007 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. Seen here, Udo Soicke, CEO, with management and staff with the certificates

Batelco, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility programme, presented a cheque for BD10,000 to the Muharraq Social Welfare Centre for the Elderly. Seen here, Batelco Group CE Shaikh Mohamed bin Isa Al Khalifa (r.) presenting the cheque to Muharraq Social Welfare Centre Chairman Waleed Abdulla Al-Zamil

Bahrain will witness one of the largest football scouting programmes for young players across the kingdom as VIVA, in association with Manchester United, announced the kick-off of the highly successful VIVA Manchester United Soccer School (MUSS) programme starting in April. The announcement was made in the presence of Ulaiyan Al Wetaid, CEO of VIVA Bahrain and Manchester United ambassador and footballing legend, Denis Law who travelled to Bahrain to celebrate the launch of this community-driven initiative. Seen here, Ulaiyan Al Wetaid presents a memento to Denis Law after the announcement Haji Ali Haji Co. WLL, distributors for Smartech AC's announced their '2012 Outstanding Dealer'. The Jeep Grand Cherokee 2013 was awarded to Fadhel Al Bunni, of Al Salam Gas by Ebrahim Haji, chairman of Haji Ali Haji Co. WLL. Seen here at the presentation held at the Ahmed Zayani & Sons showroom in Zinj, authorised for Jeep, 94mm (w) xdealers 125mm (h) Chrysler, Dodge & RAM are, Santosh, Sameer, Ebrahim Mohsin, Fadhel Al Bunni & Redha Haji withHaji, 3mm bleed

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McLaren Automotive, Mumtalakat and Al Ghassan Motors officially opened the new McLaren Manama showroom at the Bahrain World Trade Center. The VIP event was hosted by McLaren Automotive chief operating officer, Mike Flewitt, and Sheikh Ghassan Al Sulaiman, Al Ghassan Motors’ president and CEO. Seen here are, McLaren Formula 1 drivers Jenson Button & Sergio Perez, Sheikh Ghassan Al Sulaiman, HE Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa, Adviser for Political and Economic Affairs, Court of the HRH the Crown Prince and representing Mumtalakat & Mike Flewitt

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SKAL Club AGM The SKAL Club its Annual General Meeting (AGM) the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa

Jano, Mohammed & Jassim

Garfield, Abdulla & Mohammed

Khamis & Abdulrahman

Abdulrahman Morshed & Aqeel

Abdulla & Hameed

Jassim & Mo

Cynthia

Yousif Hubaishi, Mohammed Nass, Jano Mouawad, Mohammed Buzizi, Hisham El Saadi, Abdul Aziz Abdul Qadir & Fuad Kazerooni

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Exhilarating Performance The remodelled Volvo V40 has just arrived in town and the sporty five-door hatchback is set to make waves in its class segment. From its striking silhouette to a range of innovative technologies, this car is anything but ordinary. The all-new model is ready to overtake the competition in the premium hatchback class with sharpened features and characteristics from the larger Volvo vehicles. Wrapped in a sleek and compact package, it is a modern, expressive car with a Scandinavian luxury look and feel. The high quality of the V40 comes with meticulous attention to detail both in its interior and exterior. On the inside The V40 boasts class-leading driving comfort thanks to focused attention to the vital areas in the car. The chassis is designed to offer an agile, connected experience that ensures true driving pleasure. In the cabin, a fully graphic instrument cluster with personalised layout and information enhances the intuitive driver experience. It features an interactive dashboard with three driving set-ups — elegance, eco and performance — to suit your driving mood. LEDs placed across the interior gently light the cabin at night and add a real sense of occasion to any journey. You can also adjust the LEDs’ brightness. “This brand-new model makes an instant impression with a Also this month

dramatic design that stands out from the crowd, with classleading safety features and characteristics; our customers will enjoy the latest edition from Volvo,” says Bashar Darkazalli, CEO of Motorcity, sole distributor of the Swedish brand in Bahrain. The engine option available in Bahrain is a 2 litre T5 petrol engine delivering 213hp of exhilarating power output. This version comes with functions like a ‘start stop’ feature and braking energy regeneration. Fitted with an automatic six-speed gearbox, seamless and refined drive handling is delivered. The optional panoramic glass roof connects the driver with the sky. It makes the spacious and airy cabin a pleasant place to be in, whether you’re sitting in the front or the rear seats. Safety wins the model points as it boasts an impressive driver-support package. This includes the Volvo Car Corporation’s groundbreaking pedestrian detection with full auto brake and several other new specifications, among which is the world’s first pedestrian airbag. A lane-keeping aid with haptic auto steering and an ingenious park assist pilot that facilitates parallel parking makes driving convenient. Furthermore, the city safety, low speed collision avoidance system has been developed and operates at speeds up to 50km/h. E Call 17 621-162 (Volvo showroom).

When? May 1 Event? Test and tune Venue? BIC Watch your favourite racers test the best set-up ahead of the big race. E Call 7 450-000 When? May 2 Event? Championship Venue? BIC The exciting 2000cc Challenge brings out the Kingdom’s top racers. E Call 17 450-000. When? May 3 Event? Auto X Championship Venue? BIC Don’t miss the action as racers fly by in a speed-based championship. E Call 17 450-000. When? May 3 Event? Race Venue? BIC The top racers go ‘motor to motor’ in the Bahrain Drag Race Championship. E Call 17 450-000. When? May 4 Event? Open track Venue? BIC Head down to the circuit and see first hand how it feels to be in the driver’s seat. E Call 17 450-000.

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Youthful Drive With the new hatchback, Mercedes-Benz has entered an entirely new segment in the Middle East’s luxury compact motoring class.

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Powerful, athletic and luxuriously designed, the A250 Sport is set to excite and enthral the region’s go-getters. The new model underlines that for Mercedes-Benz safety is not a question of price. The standard specification includes, amongst other things, the innovative radar-based collision prevention assist system. Ownership of a car sporting the unmistakable status of the sparkling three-pointed star starts at USD37,000. “Mercedes-Benz is becoming the most dynamic premium brand in the world. As part of this development, the A250 Sport represents an important milestone. It is completely new, down to the last detail,” says Graeme Newport, general manager of Al Haddad Motors. “In automotive development, it’s not often you get the chance to start with a clean sheet of paper. Our engineers have made the very most of that opportunity.” GCC options, in addition to the standard specifications, include xenon lights, active parking assist and a light sight package. Other safety options include Distronic Plus and blind spot assist. Launched with the tagline ‘Drive Yourself’ the arrival of the A250 aims to turn the luxury small car segment on its head and marks a new direction for the motoring giant. With the A Class, the German automakers are targeting a growing ambitious, affluent and young new market. They are providing an elite car that boasts good looks, performance, prestige and attitude; all at a price that makes attainability of the brand a reality.

Progressive design It communicates design and dynamism at the very first glance. Defined edges and tautly drawn surfaces mark out the exterior. The constant interplay between concave and convex surfaces creates a characteristic play of light, particularly along the sides, which contributes to its unique appearance. Typical features of the long, sporty front are its pronounced V-shape, the separate headlamps, the diamond grille with the central Mercedes star and single louvre as well as the additional air intakes on the sides. The ‘dropping line’ apparent in the side profile dissipates towards the vehicle’s front end. The style of the headlamps, together with the configuration of the light functions within them, is a key element of the overall look. The light modules and LEDs behind the headlamp cover glass have been arranged in such a way as to create the characteristic ‘flare effect’ for the daytime driving lights and indicators. E Call 17 785-454.

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AHMED ZAYANI & SONS

A Thrilling Drive The 21st century offspring of the original fastback coupé is a finely tuned and refined ride inside and out.

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Coinciding with the F1 fever, Ahmed Zayani & Sons ran an exciting promotion for the Dodge Charger and due to popular demand has been extended for the months of May and June. Displayed at the Zinj showroom, the Charger is on offer starting from BD9,999 and includes the SE, Rally Plus, RT, RT Plus and Road and Track. The new model seamlessly merges modern, aerodynamic style with nods to its storied heritage. The sculpted body flaunts scalloped doors, a dual scalloped hood and the Charger throwback styling. The signature grille features a distinct fourquadrant crosshair design with black satin inset and chrome surround. It’s the perfect balance of blackout to bright work. A laser-brased roof eliminates roof ditch mouldings for a purely premium appearance. Fuel efficiency and performance is improved with the eight-speed transmission, which features two different programmes: a standard pattern for everyday driving and a sport position for a more aggressive feel. The sport mode can be used with the available die-cast steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, providing manual control. “It is truly a masterpiece of engineering and design, which our Middle East customers have come to expect of Chrysler. With a diverse model range, there is a Charger to suit everyone’s needs. The new eight-speed transmission takes the Dodge Charger, which is already at the head of its class, and puts it in a league of its own with the ultimate combination of 292 horsepower and best-in-class 31mpg fuel efficiency,” says Godwin D’Cruz, sales and marketing manager at Ahmed Zayani & Sons.

Exceptional details Seat surfaces are covered in either premium cloth or Nappa leather trim. All pillars are wrapped in fabric, which speaks volumes in terms of craftsmanship and refinement. Armrests, door trim panels and the instrument panel feature soft-touch materials. Stunning LED lighting illuminates the door pulls, centre console and cup holders are available in the foot-wells, map pockets and overhead console. A uniquely executed aluminum bezel framework for the entire instrument panel cluster provides flawless flow-through uniformity to its design and encompasses a touch screen. While the performance is aggressive, the cabin is designed to be inviting. The premium soft-touch materials are available in distinct interior colour combinations and upscale accent finishes. Less noticeable but impressive are touches like the duallaminated windshield and front-door side glass. Body-cavity silencing foam, under-flush roll-framed doors with triple seals and noise-dampening lined wheel wells work together to keep the cabin quiet. The ride is made more enjoyable by heated front and rear seats, a standard six-way power driver’s seat and the 12-way driver and front-passenger seats. E Call 17 238-822 or 36 848-944.

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Hit the Tracks Calling all racing and speed enthusiasts! If you are looking for the thrill of your life, then you need to be behind the wheel of the all-new Toyota 86.

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A compact, front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car designed to place the driver in control, the model received its name in tribute to the hugely successful Toyota AE86 — one of the most cherished sports cars in the world. “Unbelievable ride quality” and “best valued sports car in years” are among things reviewers have dubbed the 2013 model. A powerful ride, it boasts a 2 litre boxer engine with the revolutionary D-4S technology that generates 200 horsepower. The horizontal engine empowers the car with superior handling quality and vehicle stability; its direct fuel injection system gives the vehicle its powerful head start. Agile and responsive, the 86 is filled with character and is designed to ignite a race lover’s passion. The striking, low, arrow-shape silhouette of the car is combined with high wings, sport alloy wheels, a large and low front grille, LED lights, xenon headlamps, floating rear lamps and aluminium exhaust dual pipes. To keep things interesting, it’s available in seven aggressively sporty colours! “Since May 2012, when Ebrahim K Kanoo, the sole distributor of Toyota and Lexus in the Kingdom, launched this masterpiece and delivered the very first batch, Toyota 86 cars have been roaming the streets of the island. The vehicle is a first-class sports car created to lure young, fun-loving drivers and to exceed all their expectations with its dynamic, exciting and

adventure-filled drive,” says Ayman Shehadeh, Toyota and Lexus brand manager at Ebrahim K Kanoo. A look inside The cockpit is a performance-oriented environment with everything built around the driver’s needs. The seats are designed to hold the driver firmly to the side pads to protect his or her knees. A small steering wheel of 365mm is used for better grip coupled with a control panel designed to enhance the driving pleasure, offered in a smoking hot red and black racing colour theme. In addition, this car contains the world’s first frameless rear view mirror, a futuristic addition that gives maximum visual exposure. Even with its eye-catching design, the Toyota 86 comes with the latest safety inventions such as the lightweight tough body that allows agility with safety. The low centre of gravity makes the vehicle stable while driving at high speeds. Other safety features are frontal, side, curtain and knee SRS airbags in addition to an anti-lock brake system, electronic brake distribution, vehicle stability control and brake assist. Call the Toyota Showroom for a test drive. E Call 17 730-730 (Toyota Showroom).

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EURO MOTORS

Unrivalled Character A German automobile series unveils distinctive power and charisma; its latest model sets a benchmark in the world of luxury and comfort.

The BMW 3 Series blends the famous motoring brand’s style, invention and exceptional talent and marks its signature as the world’s best-selling premium car. Not only is it arguably the best in its class today, but it is packed with rich history. During the course of more than three and a half decades, the face of the car has constantly evolved. Designers have managed to incorporate dynamics, innovation and aesthetics into a harmonious, modern and future-oriented overall concept, whilst at the same time preserving traditional values. As a result, each series has retained its unmistakable brand identity and can be identified as a BMW at the very first glance. Looking back The presentation of the first 3 Series in July 1975 marked the beginning of one of the most remarkable success stories in BMW model history. Although the two-door sedan bore a strong resemblance to the 5 Series introduced in 1972, the market witnessed the launch of an entirely new vehicle with compact dimensions and a sporting character. The predominant design feature of the front end was the brand’s characteristic symbol, which was clearly identifiable even from a distance — the BMW kidney grille. Fast forward to 2013 and the success story of the 3 Series over the past 37 years continues with the sixth generation of the world’s bestselling premium car. This model, released in 2012, is the first BMW to be available with three different line options: modern, sport and luxury — three distinctive design personalities for the exterior and interior, enabling customers to choose among a number of exclusive finishes and equipment variants to suit their taste.

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The sixth generation interprets the classic design features of the first model but with a new lease on life. The new powerful design elements include a face with flat headlights reaching along as far as the kidney grille. Drive and chassis technology have always been key areas of expertise for the brand; agility and driving dynamics remain outstanding attributes in the latest edition. A choice of three powerful engines is available: the 335i six-cylinder, the 328i and the 320i four-cylinder with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Although nearly four decades lie between the first generation of 1975 and the current BMW 3 Series, both front ends attest to an unmistakable brand identity. Both are immediately recognisable as members of the same family. Then and now, the design bestows the BMW sedan with its styling and personality, expressing contemporary and trendsetting dynamics, innovation and aesthetics. Hence, each generation of the compact sports sedan stands for the renowned German automaker’s tradition and modernity alike. Each model combines classic and innovative elements that interpret this theme in their own way. E Call 17 750-750.

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Stunning Versatility Designed to define driving in the next decade, this compact car is the smart, efficient crossover with a conscience.

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Imagine all the benefits of a traditional SUV — spacious interior, roomy boot and extra height — combined with the ease of driving and fuel efficiency of a smaller car. Well, here it is. The all new Mitsubishi ASX boasts sporty exterior lines and a curving roof line with superior aerodynamics reducing front, side and rear drag, to express a dynamic silhouette. “This model targets buyers who lead active lifestyles, are always on the go and consider comfort and utility the two key considerations when it comes to buying the car of their choice,” says Mohammed Zaki general manager of Zayani Motors, the exclusive dealers for the Japanese brand in the Kingdom. Mitsubishi’s signature jet fighter’s grille is now more pronounced and merges with a sculpted bonnet. This serves the dual purpose of contributing to better pedestrian safety and also to make the body more visible to the driver, improving manoeuvrability around town. The ASX is powered by a two-litre, four-cylinder 4B11 MIVEC engine, made of lightweight aluminium. This, coupled with other weight reduction measures, makes the city-sized SUV more fuel-efficient. The interior gets the balance between style, comfort and practicality, just right with the ergonomically designed seats

that are as comfortable as they look. This combined with the telescopic steering wheel offers the ideal driving position for every driver. Meanwhile, the instrument cluster has been designed to give the driver maximum visibility, while encased within ASX’s gently rounded shape to blend seamlessly with the dash. E Call 17 703-703.

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Y K ALMOAYYED & SONS

Combining Comfort and Technology Amazing stories are out there just waiting to be told. Before you can tell a story, you need to experience it first. A new SUV in the market will help you find and live these stories.

The all-new Nissan Pathfinder is here to define what the next generation of big cars should offer — dynamic design, class-leading comfort, thoughtful technology and a rewarding driving experience. “With a modern balance of off-road capabilities and on-road refinement, it offers unmatched technologies and features. The 2013 Pathfinder delivers the ‘innovation that excites’ to meet the needs of today’s modern families,” says Paul Baker, general manager at Nissan Bahrain. Introduced nearly three decades ago, Nissan Pathfinder set the bar high for the generations that followed. Each successive model’s design has remained true to the original premise while evolving to meet the changing needs of its owners. Starting at BD12,495 introduction of the fourth generation not only does Pathfinder provide capability with spacious seating for seven and an intuitive four-wheel drive system; it resets the standard for the segment with an unprecedented level of style, comfort, fuel economy and technology. Dynamic design Along with reduced weight, Pathfinder’s unibody platform provided designers with an opportunity to create the aerodynamic exterior without compromising on headroom or cargo capacity. Moving upscale in appearance, the exterior styling presents a smart fusion of signature Nissan styling cues and dynamic strength. The look is adventure-ready with wheeloriented muscular fenders and a strong, stable stance. The upper body features an open cabin with large windows, which

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can be supplemented with a dual panoramic moonroof to enhance the SUV’s open, airy interior. Class-leading comfort Pathfinder offers the benefits of a modern crossover with the comfort of a larger SUV thanks to its flat floor-enhancing interior packaging flexibility. Its unique versatility is exemplified in the design of the seating system. Additionally it provides exceptional third row access even with a child safety seat remaining securely in place. The quiet, comfortable interior benefits from a wide range of available features like rich leather-appointed seating surfaces; ventilated, heated and cooled front seats; sliding second row seats; and an advanced audio system. Thoughtful technology Technology is at the forefront of the car’s interior, starting with the advanced, class-exclusive ‘around view monitor’, which provides the driver with a virtual 360-degree image of the area around the vehicle. The instrument panel includes advanced drive-assist display, featuring a four-inch LCD colour display, and utilises 3D-effect graphics to relay key information. Other assets include tri-zone automatic climate control and entertainment system, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, power rear liftgate and iPod integration. E Call 17 732-732.

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Almoayyed Motors, the exclusive distributor of Ford in Bahrain, has launched a one-of-a-kind tour. Look out for a 40-foot trailer that showcases Ford’s latest innovations. It contains three simulators that provide examples of unique Ford technology, safety and innovations.

Tech enthusiasts and motor lovers should keep an eye out this month for a unique technology showcase.

A step ahead A MyFord Touch station is featured in each simulator, allowing the participants to engage with a voice-activated system that is connected to their mobile phones and MP3 players. It also provides them with the opportunity to interact with the easily accessible control buttons on the steering wheel and eight-inch touch screen. “Technological advancements are the biggest selling point in the automotive industry. As a renowned brand, we want to demonstrate Ford’s hi-tech breakthroughs and allow our consumers to experience them first-hand through our tech tour that will be hosted in various locations throughout the Kingdom,” says Sandeep Mathur, general manager at Almoayyed Motors. Furthermore, the MyFord Touch station is equipped with two USB slots, an SD card slot, an RCA jack and 2x4-inch screens on the instrument pad. Running until May 9, Ford’s Tech Trailer will appear across Bahrain and will provide everyone who is looking for genuine technological innovations with the opportunity to experience it personally.

Technology Parade

E Call 17 737-373.

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Formula Middle East Championships Six local drivers and six international drivers took part in a new single-seater support race at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) over the F1 weekend. The Formula Middle East Championships, an initiative by the BIC in partnership with Motorsport Asia to showcase new talent in the region. Former Bahrain resident Paul Stanley was one of the drivers that competed in the two races, and finished a credible 4th & 5th in his first ever single-seater race event

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Bahrain City Centre

Bargain Season! Summer is here and that means one thing — bargain shopping! The country will soon be bustling with sales and promotions.

Nothing cools down the scorching summer heat quite like a well air-conditioned mall packed with our favourite brands. From fashion, entertainment, food, electronics and so much more, our malls have it all. And we all know that as the heat goes up prices come down. Al A’ali Shopping Complex Al A’ali offers shoppers a wide range of international, regional and local designer brands. From fashion, fragrances, beauty essentials, jewellery and accessories to unique homeware and furniture, shoppers are spoilt for choice. Dining is another main highlight with outlets like Al Bindaira Café, Café Lilou, Nino, Johnny Rockets and Leila. E Call 17 581-000. Bahrain City Centre With more than 350 stores covering everything from food, fashion and games to appliances, this is Bahrain’s largest shopping centre. Entertainment venues include the cinema, Wahoo! waterpark and Magic Planet; visitors can also take

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their pick from some of the island’s best dining outlets. This summer, the mall is in a re-branding phase and it will combine retail with art in a special month-long exhibit by some of the best artists in town. E Call 17 177-771. Dana Mall For a quieter shopping experience, Dana Mall offers a familyfriendly ambience catering to a wide range of clientele. It offers a variety of exclusive retail shopping outlets with a relaxing umbrella of coffee shops all around. An entertainment theme park grants full amusement topped with an exclusive cinema complex. E Call 17 558-500. Enma Mall One of the latest additions to the shopping mall scene, this modern venue has supermarket chain Géant as it anchor tenant. Other retailers include DG Sharaf and A La mode, and additions in the coming months will include The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Tony Roma’s. E Call 39 474-577.

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reportshoppingmalls Sitra Mall A favourite amongst families, Sitra Mall is a great place for a kids’ outing. The mall boasts a hypermarket, fashion and beauty brands, an indoor recreational centre and dozens of restaurants and fast-food outlets as well as a shaded car park on the ground floor. E Call 17 457-270. The Bahrain Mall Known for their exciting seasonal festivities, The Bahrain Mall is the perfect spot for family outings. Shoppers can find the best summer bargains and sales, from a retail line-up that include fashion accessories, footwear, sports goods, fragrances, homeware, furnishings and electronics. Then, wind down with a visit to the food court. E Call 17 558-100. The Jawad Dome/The Centre Both the Jawad Dome and The Centre always have exciting summer promotions and great deals from brands such as Mango, Quiz, Bhs and Aldo. Grab a cup of coffee from Costa while you finish your shopping or get a quick bite to eat from E Call 17 691-010 (The Dome) or 17 700-123 (The Centre).

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Moda Mall The Kingdom’s ultimate source of high-end fashion and beauty brands, Moda Mall boasts the likes of De Beers, Chopard, Tiffany & Co, Valentino, Lanvin, Gucci and Dolce and Gabbana. The mall is also a great place for fine dining; dig into Italian at Bice, Japanese dishes at Maki or stop off at Abd El Wahab for some Lebanese delights and live music. New outlets include Luisa Spagnoli, the first McLaren show room in the Middle East and Asghar Ali. E Call 17 535-140.

Yateem Centre Bahrain’s oldest mall keeps making us come back for more. With an updated look, Yateem Centre boasts quality shops that have drawn in customers over the generations. Bursting with new outlets, shoppers can find a host of apparel brands, sportswear and a number of stores for the kids. These include retailers like Al Zain Jewellers, Al Mahmood Pearls, Abdulghaffar and Faqihi Bros for gents’ outfitters and Bedaya Boutique lingerie. The centre has recently opened its doors to Sharif Art Bits, an art gallery specialising in Bahrain impressions. The food offerings include Costa Coffee, Jasmi’s and a first-floor food court with Al Osra Restaurant and Saffron Souq. E Call 17 251-615.

Ramli Mall Located in A’ali, Ramli offers both locals and expatriates the complete shopping experience. Featuring a large Lulu Hypermarket branch, Ramli Mall hosts retail outlets from La Senza, Claire’s, Rasasi and The Body Shop. You can shop away while your children have fun at the mall’s dedicated kids gaming and playing sections. E Call 17 646-600. Seef Mall Whether you want to go on a shopping spree, watch the latest blockbuster movies or head out for dinner, Seef Mall has always been a long-time favourite among the residents of Bahrain. This summer, the ‘Shop & Win’ promotion will win loyal shoppers a host of prizes worth BD20,000, and a grand prize worth BD5,000 in gift cards. Every BD20 spent at any of the 115 participating stores and outlets entitles shoppers to a raffle coupon that qualifies them to enter the fortnightly draws. Among the line-up of jewellery and accessories outlets are Damas, Devji Jewellery, Swarovski and Guess Accessories. For fashion, you can rely on Mango, Zara, Forever21, H&M and so much more. E Call 17 582-888.

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When? May 1 – 18 | Event? Art workshop | Venue? Bahrain City Centre

New Identity BAHRAIN CITY CENTRE

Did you know that a little bit of retail therapy can be a great way to experience the best art and culture the island has to offer?

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This month, you can shop for your much-loved brands while watching your favourite artists at work. Some of the country’s most sought-after creative minds join together with up-and-comers to celebrate the new ‘Bahrain City Centre’ re-branding campaign. The Kingdom’s largest shopping mall invites a group of wellknown names in the local art industry, spearheaded by renowned painters and the Bahrain Art Society with artists from Bahrain, Iraq, India, France, Australia, Egypt and Yemen. Titled ‘The Art of C’, the interactive workshop aims to transform the mall’s new brand identity — the letter ‘C’ — into unique art installations before shoppers’ eyes. All participants will be assigned a blank C-shaped canvas to create their masterpieces in front of the mall visitors in The Central Galleria. Each theme is to represent Bahrain City Centre, the community and the environment as seen through the eyes of the artist. The environmental message will be shared through

the incorporation of recycled materials such as textiles, mirrors, mosaics and paint. What’s more, the initiative caters for the little ones as children from The Bahrain Talented Kids Society are partnered with an artist to lend their creativity to the project. The children will get to work side-by-side with the artists, putting their own twist and input into the creation. During three days of workshops within the mall from May 8 to 10, shoppers can watch the transformation of the ‘C’ of Bahrain City Centre. The mall aims to be a platform for the Kingdom’s young talents. It invites shoppers to encourage artists at work as a form of support to the local art community. The ten unique pieces will be on display during the month of May. E Visit Facebook.com/BahrainCityCentre or Twitter.com/BahrainCityCtr or Instagram @BahrainCityCentre.

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Double the Shopping SEEF MALL

With only two draws to go, you could be the lucky winner of grand prizes worth BD1,000, BD2,000 and a whopping BD5,000!

Are you planning a wardrobe makeover or looking for a gift for that special person in your life? Seef Mall offers its loyal customers a good excuse to go shopping this month with an ongoing campaign that could win you the spending spree of a lifetime. The family-oriented mall rewards its shoppers by bringing back the amazing ‘Shop & Win’ promotion with prizes worth a total of BD20,000 and a grand prize of BD5,000 in gift cards. With every BD20 you spend at any of the 115 participating stores and outlets, including fashion, jewellery and dining outlets, you receive a raffle coupon. This qualifies shoppers to enter fortnightly draws for a chance to win a range of exciting prizes. Additionally, customers can literally double their chances of winning by using Seef Mall gift cards or staying at Fraser Suites. That’s right, you get two raffle tickets instead of one for every BD20 spent. “By revamping our popular ‘Shop & Win’ campaign we’ve made it more exciting and rewarding for our customers,” says Robert Addison, general manager of Seef Properties. “Our customers can increase their chances of winning great prizes worth between BD100 and BD5,000 in gift cards, as well as three grand prizes worth BD1,000, BD2,000 and BD5,000.” So if you think you deserve a treat and feel the need for a shopping spree, don’t forget to redeem your receipts. You could be a lucky winner. Draws will be held every other Thursday until May 25 for the entire duration of the campaign. E Call 17 581-111 or visit www.seef.net.

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Having transformed from Bahrain’s only mall to a cosy shopping centre in the Souq, a retail hub in Manama has more to offer than ever before.

From fashion and electronics to some of the best coffee outlets the island has to offer, Yateem Centre is a serene haven for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Boasting quality shops that have drawn in customers over the generations, the shopping complex has now opened its doors to many up-and-coming retailers. A recent addition for shoppers in the Kingdom is Sharif Art Bits, an art gallery specialising in Bahrain impressions. Other popular shops include Al Zain Jewellers, Al Mahmood Pearls, Abdulghaffar and Faqihi Bros, the gents’ outfitters, and Bedaya Boutique lingerie. These stores have been joined by the likes of Mohammed Saleh for Zary, providing gorgeous jalabiyas to royal families across the region, and Olympia Sports, featuring the latest in sportswear. If you are looking for a more subdued shopping experience, budget-friendly retailers are still within reach with many shopkeepers open to bargaining. 2 Hours FREE Basement Car Park for Sho The convenience of Yateem Centre has always been one of its strengths; a distinct asset being the ability to get in and shop easily. This ease has been enhanced by some of the specialist services available such as Immediate 2 Hours FREE Basement Car Park for Shoppers Printing, Shoe Shine, Valentino Men’s Salon and My Door Dry Cleaners. The food on offer has substantially improved as well. What was originally restricted to a single Western coffee shop has now increased to Costa Coffee, Jasmi’s and a food court on the first floor, including Al Osra Restaurant and Saffron Souq Fast Food. What’s more, with the opening of basement car park 2 Hours FREE Basement Car Park for Shoppers that provides two hours of free parking, shoppers no longer have to fight to find a parking space. E Call 17 215-615.

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Growing Your Wealth Striving hard to make money in order to secure your future as well as your family’s? Remember, the key to financial independence lies in having your money work for you and not you for it!

Many people living in this part of the world are here primarily to make their fortune. But once money is earned, it needs to be converted into wealth through an intelligent combination of saving plans and exposure into the property markets, while ensuring that exposure to high-, medium- and low-risk investment opportunities are evenly balanced within the total portfolio. As a wise man once observed, the biggest difference between the wealthy and the not-as-wealthy is that the wealthy people earn interest while everyone else pays interest. In Bahrain, the financial marketplace is teeming with branded saving schemes and investment funds run by banks, finance houses and insurance companies which offer a varying degree of risk to profit opportunities. We highlight some of the more popular schemes offered by established and locally accountable institutions in the Kingdom. Take your pick depending on what suits your goals. Save and win Why park your savings in a bank that offers nothing but minimal interest? For the whole of 2013, Ahli United Bank is offering total prize money of BD5 million for the holders of MyHassad savings

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accounts. There are grand weekly cash prizes worth BD25,000 for those who have invested in this savings account. In order to be eligible for the weekly draw, all you need to do is maintain a weekly balance of BD50 for a seven day period prior to the weekly draw date. The longer you save, the greater your chances of winning a prize. Every quarter, you could win a ‘Salary for Life’ prize worth BD250,000, at the rate of BD1,000 per month for the next 250 months. A minimum balance of BD50 held for two weeks prior to the draw makes you eligible for the one draw in a quarter. BBK’s Al Hayrat offers a cash prize of a whopping US$500,000 for holders of a savings account. Whether you’re a Bahraini or non-Bahraini resident, simply investing a minimum of BD50 with Al Hayrat makes you eligible for monthly draws. Non-BBK customers can also open an Al Hayrat account, and you can make withdrawals and take loans against the value of your savings and still be eligible for draws. Ithmaar Bank is offering you a chance to win 2,200 raffle draws this year, totalling US$2,008,500 with every BD50 you deposit in the Sharia-complaint Thimaar account. The bank has additional monthly and Eid draws for Junior Thimaar account holders, that is, those for children below 18 years.

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UNITED BANK LIMITED

Investing in Growth This award-winning bank aims to further enhance its presence in the Kingdom with a range of both corporate and retail banking solutions.

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Having operated in Bahrain for over four decades, United Bank Limited (UBL) consistently invests in people, infrastructure and technology in its efforts to achieve excellence in business, service and quality. Bahraini nationals comprise around half the workforce at UBL Bahrain, and the bank offers summer internships to young Bahrainis, helping them acquire professional skills. The bank’s corporate slogan ‘Where you come first’ is the underlying principle on which it has built its internal and external service culture. In addition to branches in Manama, Seef and Muharraq, the bank has six off-site ATMs. While corporate banking remains its mainstay in Bahrain, UBL also provides a full suite of retail banking products. UBL was declared “Bank of the Year 2012 Pakistan” by the prestigious magazine, The Banker. It was also recognised as one of the pioneers in the branch-less banking sector when it won the GSMA Global Mobile Award in 2012 for its virtual services. In January 2011, so impressed was the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation by UBL’s mobile banking performance that a grant of US$6.9 million was allocated to the bank to further enhance its Omni electronic services platform. The bank was declared the Best Domestic Bank of Pakistan for 2011 by Asiamoney magazine. In 2007, UBL also received the Brand Leadership Award for Brand Excellence, presented at the 16th Asian Brand Congress. UBL has an extensive network of over 1,300 branches, subsidiaries, associate and representative companies in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Yemen, Oman, USA, UK, China, Switzerland and Pakistan. It will soon be starting operations in Tanzania. E Call 8000-0808.

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reportpersonalssavings Funds, depending on their risk appetite. The NRI service desk at the SBI offices in Bahrain assists investors, while the investor service centre of SBI Mutual Funds in Dubai coordinates activities in the region. Insuring your future Bahrain National Life Assurance Company (bnl) is Bahrain’s first life and healthcare insurance company and its insurance plans have worldwide coverage. Bnl has individual and group plans, with premiums for individuals starting as low as BD35. A minimum of 11 members are covered under the group life plan which can go up to 50 members. On the life insurance front, SBI markets a range of products from LIC International in Bahrain. LIC International has products that fetch returns of around 5 to 6 per cent on dollar investments, going by historical data.

Fixed income instruments This is probably the safest option for the risk averse investor, which offers a stable income while keeping the capital intact. State Bank of India (SBI) offers returns of up to 3.5 per cent on fixed deposits (FD) and loans are available against the deposit to ensure liquidity without having to break the deposit. For salaried individuals, SBI’s recurring deposit (RD) is a monthly savings scheme that helps you plan for an anticipated financial requirement or to build savings over a period of time. A fixed amount is credited to the RD account every month, on which a 3.5 per cent interest is paid by the bank. Loans are available against the RD deposit as well. Fixed Income securities are ideal for investors who want a regular income as well as for those looking for capital appreciation through the sale of securities before maturity, in case the price moves up. You could choose from a vast selection of Citibank’s fixed income securities with a variety of credit quality characteristics, maturities and yields to meet your individual objectives. Mutual funds Citibank customers can choose from a variety of investment options including mutual funds across diverse asset classes, such as US equities, emerging market equities, global equities, global bonds, high yield bonds, money market funds, Shariacompliant Islamic equities, real estate equities, Middle East equities and many more. You could invest in a wide range of mutual funds from investment houses such as Alliance Bernstein, Blackrock, DWS, Fidelity, Franklin Templeton, Invesco, ING, JP Morgan, MFS, Permal, Pioneer and Schroders. Investors looking at Indian markets can opt for SBI Mutual

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Secure retirement When you’ve worked hard all your life, you’ll want to make sure that you can enjoy your retirement. Standard Chartered Bank’s retirement plan can help make sure you get the most out of your work-free years. The bonuses you earn with this plan will ensure your overall returns on the savings are higher. You can add protection against total disability or death so your loved ones receive the full benefit of your savings. The flexibility offered in premium payments on this plan is ideal for budget conscious customers. Bnl’s Future Security plan provides not only a guaranteed sum assured to protect your family, but also gives you a good return on your savings over the long term. It provides coverage on your life as well as guaranteed investment returns to help finance retirement, small business projects, buying a new car and so on. The open-ended term guarantees the higher of the sum assured or the accumulated value at the time of claim. The plan comes with a critical illness benefit covering cancer, heart attack, stroke and many other listed conditions. Planning for higher education In an increasingly competitive world, every parent wants their child to have the best of higher education. But as the cost of education rises every year, you need to have a plan and to save regularly if you want to ensure that a sufficient amount of money is available when your child goes to college. Bnl’s Future Education Plan (FEP) ensures a disciplined and regular saving habit which will act as a saving vehicle so that even if you are put out of action due to disability or early demise, the saving strategy will still be achievable. The plan provides coverage on a joint life or single life basis, including guaranteed investment returns designed to finance the high cost of education fees for the future needs of your children. In case of death or permanent total disability, bnl will waive the payment of the remaining future premiums and a monthly income will be paid to the beneficiary or the legal guardian until maturity date. Islamic investment options Investors looking for Sharia-complaint investments can take their pick from a comprehensive range of products including mutual funds and capital protected notes, as well as sukuks.

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STATE BANK OF INDIA

A Widening Presence

SIMI KAMBOJ With its modern premises and an array of new services in the pipeline, India’s largest lender is revving up growth in Bahrain.

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The State Bank of India (SBI) has now moved its Manama Branch to a swank new office in the Diplomatic Area. The 12,000-square-foot Branch with a spacious car park facility provides customers a pleasant and comfortable ambience to fulfil their Banking needs. The bank opened a third Branch inside Manama Souq earlier this year, widening its footprint in the Kingdom. "We’re stepping up our pace of growth this year, with a push in retail and SME lending,” says Mohan Ganeshan, CEO for retail Branches. “We’re introducing easy loans for traders, with faster approvals and less paperwork, to facilitate the small business avail credit facilities from the organized banking sector. SBI is the only Indian bank in Bahrain to offer locker services for safekeeping of valuables. The online remittance platform offered by the Branch facilitates free transfer of funds to NRI accounts in India 24x7. The bank has the lowest processing charges and group life insurance premium for personal and automobile loans in the Kingdom. Prepayment and early closure is permitted without imposition of any penalty. In Bahrain, the one factor that has endeared SBI to its customers is the quality of service provided. “Our staff interacts with the customer to ascertain their need and match them with the range of products we have. A product is not sold in isolation to the customer, but is used to help the customer meet his genuine financial needs. We place a lot of importance on transparency and fairness in our dealings,” says Ganeshan. This has been the core value that brand SBI is known for in India. The bank’s trade finance desk has set a challenging turnaround time that has made SBI the number one choice for Bank Guarantees and Letters of Credits by corporate

customers. “Our rates are competitive, service professional and speed of delivery unmatchable. Further, with more than 2500 correspondent banks across the globe we can serve our customers anywhere in the world.” Ganeshan would like to position SBI as a Bank that provides solutions to customer’s financial needs and participate in their growth story, all the way. “With an expanding retail and SME portfolio, we aspire to be amongst the top ten banks in Bahrain within the next five years,” he says. The Non-Resident Indian (NRI) banking services of the Branch assist customers with their non-resident banking needs, including counselling and documentation for housing loans in India. The Diplomatic Area Branch is open between 8am to 1pm and from 4pm to 7pm. Call 17 548 0-33 or visit www.sbi-bh.com

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Thai Food Festival At The Mรถvenpick Hotel Oman Air & the Mรถvenpick Hotel, in association with the Thai Embassy hosted a dinner to mark the launch of the Thai Festival at the hotel. The event was attended by HE Ghanim bin Fadel Al Buanien, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, HE Vichai Virasirikul, Thai Ambassador, HE Dr Shaikh Suleiman bin Ali Al Jabri, Omani Ambassador, diplomats, Oman Air & Mรถvenpick management, and VIP guests

Heinz, HE Vichai Virasirikul, HE Ghanim bin Fadel Al Buanien, Dr Dhafer Al Umran & Khalifa Rumaihi

Jawad Y. Al Hawaj, HE Christian Testot, French Ambassador, George, Anne, HE Karim Al Shakar, Andrea, Zeina Testot, Admiral Scott & HE Ahmad Shahizan Abd Samad, Malaysian Ambassador

Sabreen Sabry & HE Dr Shaikh Suleiman bin Ali Al Jabri

Malee with HE Vichai Virasirikul

HE Li Chen, Chinese Ambassador, HE Mohan Kumar, Indian Ambassador & HE Ahmed Khattabi, Moroccan Ambassador

Saji, Candida, Charles, Maria, Saif, Sabreen, HE Dr Shaikh Suleiman bin Ali Al Jabri, HE Vichai Virasirikul, Imran, Eric & Rafy

Salman Al Mahmeed

Sumaya & Camilie

CEO Golf Tournament Dinner & Awards Cooked in Tandoori Oven & Exotic Indian Curries giving Seductive Flavor & Tantalizing Aroma

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More than 30 Bahrain businessmen took part in the first CEO Golf Tournament which was held at the Royal Golf Club and organised by Mind Storm Media. A gala dinner & awards ceremony was also held at the Gulf Hotel where HE Shaikh Salman Bin Isa Al Khalifa, Bahrain International Circuit's (BIC) chief executive officer gave out the awards

Chithra Sivaramakrishanan & Stephen Wagstaff, winner

Tareq Wafa & HE Shaikh Salman

Lakshmi, Nanda & Archana

Mr & Mrs Naser Al Zayani

Sharon, Mike & Doris

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The Future of Fine Dining Elma Bartholomew A modern Asian lounge-restaurant offers its luxurious setting, food and service to those with a discerning palate. Treat yourself to lavishness; explore the regal life. Inspired by the five elements of Japanese philosophy, the ambience of Meisei in Adliya’s 338 dining district is truly one of a kind. The element of earth is incorporated with the use of natural stone, enhanced by antique wood accessories. The waterfall that trickles down the two levels of the venue and the unique chandelier reminiscent of bubbles form the second element of water. The ambient lighting and chic seating used at every level, including the newly launched rooftop lounge, reflect various shades of fire. The fourth element, fū or wind, represents things that grow, expand and enjoy the freedom of movement. This ‘openminded’ concept is adapted in every aspect of Meisei: in the skill of the chefs, in the spacious setting, the vast open kitchens and even in the diners’ perspectives. Kū or void, also meaning sky or heaven, represents those things beyond our everyday experience, particularly those composed of pure energy. This fifth and highest element represents spirit, thought and creative energy; it is what sets this dining hotspot apart. Delve into luxury The opulence of Meisei is not limited to its ambience. The Also this month

sumptuousness of every entrée, main course and beverage will have you spellbound. Each dish and drink is as much a treat for the eyes as it is for the taste buds, in line with the Japanese saying — You eat with your eyes first. This is most prominent in their vast selection of small bites like the delicious dimsums. Chef Michael Kyu-Lee hits the spot again with an impressive menu. He offers his take on Asian cuisine in everything that leaves his kitchen. So don’t be shocked to find tacos and pizzas on the list. Sure, you have an extensive range of maki and sashimi to choose from as well. Expect to see familiar dishes like veal chops and Szechuan beef prepared in unusual ways with extraordinary sides and sauces. You’ll wonder why you haven’t had it Meisei’s way all along. Finishing your meal, or ‘the end’ as they like to call it, is something to really look forward to. If presentation of the desserts doesn’t win you over, the burst of flavours will. Meisei’s chocolate fondant with white chocolate sauce is matchless, as is their red velvet cake, which could very well be what they serve in heaven. However, these decadent treats needn’t be the end of your Meisei experience. Make the most of the pleasant weather and unwind in their rooftop lounge with your friends. Wash down your exotic meal with their signature cocktails or the selection of sake. A venue with many facades, Meisei is as much as a fine dining restaurant as it is a modish lounge. With many exciting events taking place regularly, no two visits are alike. E Call 17 007-770.

When? May 1 Event? Food festival Venue? Mezzanine Lounge, Kempinski Grand Hotel Have you had a taco challenge with your friends yet? It’s time! E Call 17 171-441. When? 7, 14, 21, 28 Event? Theme night Venue? Silk’s Restaurant, Mövenpick Hotel Tuesday nights are perfect for those who can’t have enough Asian food? E Call 17 460-000. When? May 11-17 Event? Food festival Venue? Saraya, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa Chef Bhajohari Mahto showcases a series of spectacular buffets of Indian fare. E Call 17 636-363. When? May 12 Event? Mother’s Day Venue? Sheraton Bahrain Hotel Treat your mother to a special day at any of their outlets. E Call 17 533-533.

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diningf&bhappenings On the menu Have you checked out the new business lunch set menu at Primavera at The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa? Visit any day between Sunday and Thursday for a three-course meal at BD10++. Also set up at the poolside is the business lunch at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa, which recently hired a new executive chef, Vito Fornelli. Read our review for more details. We love the new menu at Nando’s. The good news gets better with the launch of their latest branch in Andalusia Complex I in Zayed Town. Loyal customers Aroma Café has launched a new promotion for those who take advantage of their delivery service. Get the dish of the day at BD2.900. Another restaurant that takes food seriously is Skyw@lk Café at the Marriott Executive Apartments. Boasting a new calendar menu every month, they invite you to try out their burgers; get a free beverage of your choice to wash it down. The outlets at Al Bander Hotel & Resort share their love for burgers as well. Members and in-house guests should try their gourmet offerings. Head on down to Organic Foods & Café for a juice loyalty card. Start collecting stamps to redeem a free fresh juice or smoothie for every five that you buy.

Dig In! We don’t believe there is such a thing as ‘too much’ food. Satisfy your appetite at the new food festivals around town.

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Love you, Mum! Treating your mother to a special day out isn’t too hard with so many options on offer across Bahrain. La Mer, the seafood restaurant at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, invites you and your mum to a luxurious dinner inclusive of a bottle of house wine at BD35. Dine at Al Safir Restaurant at Sheraton Bahrain Hotel, and for a minimum of two paying guests, your mother will be treated to a complimentary lunch or dinner buffet, a glass of wine or selected beverages and a take-away cake for celebrations that can continue at home. Soie and Golestan at the hotel offer special set menus for lunch and dinner, a complimentary glass of wine and cake on May 12.

Kempinski Grand Hotel celebrates the onset of summer with the delicacy of the season — white asparagus. Treat yourself to a special à la carte menu of innovative dishes at Saveur from 7-10.30pm. Climb up to the Mezzanine Lounge for a taste of the food of Central America at BD6.800++ from 11am-1am. Cooking classes are in full swing at the hotel. Reserve your spot before it’s too late! Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa prove their appreciation for various cultures by hosting yet another festival. Visit Saraya Restaurant between May 11 and 17 for the best of Indian cuisine and traditions. The dining outlet has a new theme night to look forward to. We hope you like barbecue nights because that’s what Wednesdays mean for the kitchen brigade at Saraya. Speaking of theme nights, Mövenpick Hotel welcomes you to ‘discover Asia’ every Tuesday. Expect the unexpected from 7pm at BD15++ or BD19++ as they take you on a trip across Southeast Asia.

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Expanding Flavours James Claire Like the sweeping sands of the desert that are consistently changing, so is the café scene on our little island. Full of surprises, it is constantly evolving.

The arrival of new malls over the past year or so has seen a further explosion in the range and variety of café options now available to us. While the major malls in the Seef district now have established a critical mass of well-known players, the ‘new’ action is taking place elsewhere around the island. Nowhere is this more evident than at The Lagoon Park, on Amwaj Islands, and in the Riffa area, which now boasts an increasing number of modern, purpose-built malls. A booming café scene At the entry to Amwaj Islands there is the Lighthouse Amwaj Café, located just before you reach the beautiful and familyfriendly The Lagoon Park. The Tuga Bakery and Café may have been the first outlet to open there three years ago, but today it has been joined by Levante Café, the large and gorgeously outfitted Tea Club, Lion Café, Starbucks, Costa, Veranda Café, Primavera Café and Café Persia. The newest entrant, Vavin Café, seems to have stepped off the streets of Paris and landed on our shores, replete with its home-made cakes and stylish delicacies. Also found within Amwaj Islands is the The Great Deli Café, located alongside Alosra Supermarket. With another outlet in Saar, this venue serves an array of hearty, home-style breakfasts, soups, salads, baguettes, cakes and fresh beverages.

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Coming of age Like a fine vintage Riffa has sprung into life as a retail hub and now has to be taken seriously as a café destination, alongside the malls in Seef and the Adliya café block. The list of venues has grown almost overnight; we can now delight in options found at Enma Mall, the Reem Centre, The Walk, Ramli Mall and Oasis Mall. The Walk was brought to out attention by Kim Kardashian, flying in to open the Millions of Milkshakes outlet. In this architecturally distinct setting, we can also enjoy the likes of Starbucks, Café 222, Tea Club, Fauchon (to open soon) and the Italian ‘C’ House Lounge Café of Milano. The Enma, Oasis and Ramli malls deliver an enticing combination of the old and the new. Alongside another soon-toopen Le Chocolat outlet at Enma Mall is Segafredo Zanetti Espresso. A stalwart of the Riffa retail scene, the Reem Centre boasts an eclectic mix of traditional cafés and international brands. For those with a penchant for sheesha, the Art Café is the place to go. Alongside this you will find Caribou Coffee, Cine Café and Fedora Coffee. Caribou Coffee has a logo that is simply a coffee lover’s dream, ‘life is short, stay awake for it’. With its broad range of hot and cold beverages, the log cabin ambience is a great place to wind down and relax. Over at Ramli Mall there’s a branch of Gloria Jean’s Coffee;

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Taste it! You will love it!

Come and enjoy our sweet crĂŞpes specialties during the month of May

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diningcaféfeature The broader Adliya area includes other local favourites such as Café Lilou and Caruoca Café, Med Café and Da Vinci Restaurant and Café. Alongside these there’s a branch of New York Coffee and cafés within the art galleries at Albareh and Al Riwaq.

this international brand, which has outlets at Bahrain City Centre (BCC) and the airport, takes food to a new level of deliciousness. It’s little wonder this brand has plans to expand its presence around our island. Tried and tested The café block in Adliya is a proven location for those who wish to chill after a hard day at the office. Quintessentially traditional, here you’ll discover a world of Arabia with the likes of Al Bindaira Café, La Maison du Café, Arizona Café, La Dolce Vita and Extrovert Café. A short walk from this café square and you’ll bump into the equally appealing Don Vito, Maggie’s Café and Friends Café, which has passed the test of time and is firmly a tradition within the Kingdom for its food, friendliness and atmosphere.

More than a mall gathering While the Seef area boasts some of most high-profile malls in the Kingdom, these are not the only venues at which you can pop in for a spot of café culture. Avanti Restaurant & Café, adjacent to Elite Seef Residence, which itself hosts a branch of La Maison du Café, offers a touch of local hospitality to sit comfortably alongside international favourites such as Costa. This British brand with an Italian name boasts the largest number of outlets in the Kingdom; we can now find a Costa at more than 30 locations, including the one in Salmabad that now has a drive-thru option. Featuring their famed frescatos, indulgent desserts and sandwiches, Costa certainly offers a drink for every mood and a cake for every moment. One of the latest additions the café restaurant scene is The Plaza, located at the Mandarine Business Centre. This upscale venue would not be out of place in the West End of London, lined up against the likes of Harrods and Fortnum & Mason. Inside both the BCC and Seef Mall you’ll find an equally impressive café restaurant, the French-inspired Paul Bakery & Restaurant. With a range of breads and patisseries that would match anything found at a Paris street-side café, the popularity of this outlet seems to know no bounds. Another perennial favourite in the Seef area is Aroma Café & Restaurant, within Seef Mall. Renowned for both its coffees and sheeshas, Aroma is among the most chic cafés on the island; the colours, vibe and architectural details are as sumptuous as the food and beverage on offer. While the Budaiya area might have lost some of its shine in recent times, venues such as Esquires, at the Nakheel Centre in Saar, continue to draw upon a loyal customer base for support. Juffair continues to boast a predominantly international flavour, with the likes of The Dome Café and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. There’s an offering originating from Qatar, Le Bateau, as well. As the Kingdom’s retail scene continues to expand we can expect an even greater range of options, from new regional malls such as Tala Plaza in Segaya to the state-of-the-art new mall from Seef Properties that will open in Muharraq, next to Arad Fort, in the not-too-distant future. As American journalist Joe Sacco once put it, “I’d much rather hang out in a café. That’s where things are really happening.” Who are we to argue with this sentiment?

Where we meet, eat and treat Visit friends cafe for a selection of local international delights, served alongside shisha and internet access

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PAUL BAKERY & RESTAURANT

Spread it Out! Few words roll off the tongue as more French than ‘crêpe’. This May a patisserie gives the French classic a modern twist with four new delicious recipes.

The crêpe celebration at Paul Bakery & Restaurant will see these wafer-thin French pancakes stuffed with fruity fillings and topped with dollops of cream or ice cream — the perfect indulgent treat. Try the new crêpe chocolat banana drizzled with chocolate sauce or the berry-licious crêpe aux fraises. For fruity goodness, pick the crêpe aux pommes or poires, which are filled with luscious apple or pear compote respectively. Quench your thirst The patisserie adds new items to its line-up of beverages with four new mojito flavours, including the blackberry mojito made with fresh blackberries, mint leaves, soda and lime. The dragon crash mojito has a strong exotic touch with fresh red grapes, mint leaves, apple juice, strawberry purée and cinnamon syrup. The tropical passion fruit mojito combines fresh passion fruit purée, mint leaves, soda and lime, while the watermelon mojito adds the refreshing qualities of watermelon to the traditional mojito mix. They are the perfect choice for cooling off on a hot summer’s day! A heritage of quality With a history dating back to 1889, Paul started off as a bakery but has established itself over the years as a full-service restaurant. Fresh bread is baked up to four times a day to ensure constant freshness and quality. Customers can see the

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bakery from the shop floor and experience for themselves the skill and expertise of the master bakers at work. Paul’s passion for preserving and respecting French heritage is renowned and obvious in all that they do. Each dish, drink and dessert is freshly prepared on the premises and reflects the traditional home-cooked style of preparation, native to France. E Call 17 172-321 (Bahrain City Centre) or 17 580-073 (Seef Mall).

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COSTA COFFEE

An Italian Blend Few would think that a grey day in London 40 years ago is responsible for the greatest coffee Bahrain has to offer.

Italian brothers, Sergio and Bruno Costa, poured their first cup of coffee in 1971 and today Bahrain has Costa Coffee stores dotted across the island, serving great coffee every day. A home for true java lovers, the coffee house controls the whole coffee-making process from start to finish. From the sourcing, right through to storing, blending, roasting, grinding and pouring, no one else is involved. Each and every cup is made with their unique Mocha Italia blend, containing only the best beans sourced from around the globe. Its distinctive aroma and delicious taste turn every sip into an experience. The secret doesn’t lie exclusively with their special blend or the custom-made espresso machines. It has a lot to do with the expert baristas that prepare each mug of goodness. The barista maestro makes sure that you’ve got the perfect foam, ensuring every shot of espresso has the right amount of crema to maintain the balance of aroma and flavour in each mug. It’s a long journey of study and dedication that Costa Coffee’s baristas go through to make sure no one makes coffee like they do. The café offers a wide variety of delicious food as well. The menu includes pastries, croissants, salads, cookies and their newest sandwich range with improved recipes. Costa Coffee welcomes you to experience a world of perfection in all senses. E Call 17 179-792 (Bahrain City Centre) or 17 580-139 (Seef Mall).

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AVANTI CAFÉ

Chic Personified To enjoy great food, a relaxing and friendly atmosphere and the vibe of a chic eatery, there are few options in the Seef district away from malls and hotels. Here’s one that’s worth the visit.

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One venue truly is ‘the way forward’ — Avanti Restaurant and Café. Located in the Seef area, just past the Zain building and opposite Elite Seef Residence, it is much more than just a café. It is a lifestyle choice which exudes enjoyment. It is a place to dine, talk and unwind — a comfortable lounge setting. Avanti is a relaxed café with free Wi-Fi access and a menu with international cuisine that skilled chefs prepare. It is the perfect venue for business lunches and relaxed meetings. A full range of coffees, including Arabic, American and Turkish varieties, are accompanied by a selection of teas: red, green, black, Indian and Moroccan. As the sun goes down, Avanti is a place where the flat screens light up and allow small and large groups to enjoy their favourite show and a wide variety of sheesha. Steaks, salads, hot and cold mezze, pasta, seafood and sandwiches are on the menu along with a variety of beverages. With summer just around the corner, the café-restaurant offers chilled drinks like iced caramel and chocolate frappuccinos as well as an assortment of fresh juices and cocktails, milkshakes and flavoured sodas. Separate VIP areas are available for private dining and meetings. Unlike other venues of its kind, Avanti Café provides patrons at almost every table with access to their own screen. No matter where you are, you can watch any channel or event you desire.

With great food on offer for any meal of the day cooked to five-star standards, your appetite will be satiated. Dishes include sandwiches, steaks, Lebanese grills, pastas and burgers. If you’re seeking fun after a hectic day, a relaxed setting for a business lunch, a place to enjoy shisha with your near and dear or a spacious venue to hold an event, head to Avanti Restaurant and Café. It remains open from 8am until 2am. What’s more, it offers ample parking space for its guests. E Call 17 587-765.

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CARIBOU COFFEE

More than Coffee

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At a top café chain experiencing a strong presence in the Kingdom; it is not just about fine coffee. It is about the whole experience. At Caribou Coffee, its strong belief is that if passion, hard work and excellence go into an endeavour, the outcome will be a quality experience and therefore rewarding. In 1990, during an adventure through the Alaskan wilderness, the founders of Caribou Coffee journeyed to the top of Sable Mountain in the Denali National Park. After a strenuous climb, they reached the summit and were rewarded with a sensational view, boundless mountains, a clear blue sky and a herd of caribou thundering through the valley. That was the ‘aha’ moment. The breathtaking panoramic view became the entrepreneurial vision for Caribou Coffee, a company that believes excellence is a product of hard work and that life is too short for anything else. This vision serves as a guide for Caribou Coffee which strives to create a special experience for everyone who visits one of Caribou’s outlets. Caribou Coffee invites you to enjoy your own ‘aha’ moment every single day and to enjoy the highest-quality coffee, the finest foods and unparalleled service. At Caribou, you won’t see anyone talking about their vision or mission. Instead, the Caribou team talks about aspirations, experiences and values. Caribou aspires to be the meeting point that the community loves, thus offering their commitment to share an extraordinary experience that feeds souls. As the logo states: life is short, stay awake for it! E Call 36 601-215 or 36 913-286 (Reem Centre).

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THE PLAZA FOOD HALL

Food for All Many people open or build a new business; few people build instant success stories like the founders of Bahrain’s Plaza Food Hall.

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Bahrain’s Seef district has long been the business hub of the ever-expanding capital, but has long lacked the means to feed the burgeoning population of the area. On February 9, that changed with the opening of one of the most anticipated new food venues in the country ­­­— The Plaza Food Hall at The Mandarin Suites and Business Centre. Not only was it a massive investment in the future of the food industry of the Kingdom; also it was supported by a management team which sought out the best and newest products this country has seen in years. Combing the world for unique foods and products, the team brought to us a topof-the-line range of goods as well as products in every category and price range. For instance, you can buy the world’s finest homemade pasta alongside an Italian pasta brand unique to the country, at a price competitive with any supermarket in the country. Along with packaged items and retail goods, The Plaza prides itself on producing fresh foods from its basement kitchens to tempt your taste buds. In charge of the 13 food stations in The Plaza is French chef Paul Gardin. Filled with youthful exuberance, he is well travelled and has worked around the world in countries like Australia, Lebanon, the Caribbean islands and his homeland France before finding Bahrain. With a background in pastry, this young all-round-skilled executive chef has put his experience to good use at The Plaza with enticing dishes, which can be fashioned to our personal choices.

The freshest New Zealand and Australian meats are cooked to order and served to your liking. Fresh seafood can be cooked in any style you like. Grills, salads, pasta, patisseries, pizza, saj, sandwiches and Arabic sections, along with a cheese counter which specialises in cheeses from Italy and France, are some of the choices at this all-day dining venue. In addition to take-out services, it provides catering services for weddings and other parties. The Plaza will soon introduce its fine-dining French restaurant, Plaza Reflects. Paul states that the venue will serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner that will “truly encapsulate your taste buds”. The Plaza Food Hall is a place for everyone. It is the home of fine gastronomy and of unique products. It is a place where every budget is accommodated; anyone can enjoy amazing food from around the world. Whether luxury is a daily option, a lunchtime treat, an afternoon snack or a yearly taste of pure indulgence, you’ll always find something delicious at this oneof-a-kind venue. E Call 17 001-711.

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AROMA CAFÉ

Arabian Flair The decor at a leading dining outlet in Seef brings new life to the Middle Eastern café scene by creating a setting that is warm, inviting and with a brasserie feel to it.

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Dubbed Bahrain’s hippest sheesha outlet, Aroma Café at Seef Mall features bold, stylish designs in dramatic colour with backdrops of mirrored walls, reflecting plush oriental gold and crimson fittings that may well have belonged to the tales of The 1,001 Nights. For those who do not partake in sheesha, the café-restaurant has balanced the experience with a smoke-free zone. Seemingly small from the outside, Aroma Café is surprisingly luxurious, comfortably accommodating 300 guests. It includes five private dining rooms, each equipped with the latest entertainment including flat screen TVs, gaming consoles, media players, an iPod dock and USB connectors. This venue is the quintessential relaxation café. It blends the modern with a touch of the past. Sitting here for a while gives you the feeling that time has stood still — a pleasant thought in a hectic world. The chef and his team have developed a menu packed with traditional Middle Eastern food, selected Moroccan dishes and modern continental choices. Their pizzas are a welcome addition to the menu. With its irresistibly delicious menu, friendly service and a

wide range of recreational offerings, Aroma Café is the perfect choice for a casual dining experience and special occasions alike. Be it a relaxed afternoon, a business lunch or dinner with friends, this café offers everything to suit your needs. Aroma is whatever you want it to be. In addition to taking your mood and party size into consideration indoors, the launch of their catering services allows them to look after your dining requirements at any outdoor event. They have a number of flexible packages to choose from that can be customised to suit your needs. Aroma Café offers home delivery so you can enjoy the restaurant’s delicacies in the comfort of your personal surroundings. The breakfast menu is the newest add-on to the café’s services. Indulge in a traditional feast or opt for the more popular English and American spreads to start your day on a good note. Aside from the chef’s specials, Aroma Café is recognised for its 28 fresh sheesha flavours. Dine, relax and enjoy the company of your friends and family in this laid-back atmosphere. Recline on a divan; chat and contemplate. Digest the food and the mood. E Call 17 582-711.

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diningf&bhappenings CROWNE PLAZA BAHRAIN

To a Tea

Hunger pangs need never be felt again as a five-star hotel invites you for high tea this month.

Enter a world of bite-sized morsels and sumptuous delicacies from two cultures at Crowne Plaza Bahrain. Starting this month, the hotel’s lobby lounge Cappuccino Café hosts the Fusion afternoon tea every Wednesday. Indulge in an afternoon of pampering as the café revives the age-old social gathering. A highlight for ladies and businessmen, the treat includes an elaborate spread of conventional and Arabic delicacies. In the past Legend has it that in 1840 Anna Stanhope, Duchess of Bedford, began feeling hungry every afternoon between her light lunch and lighter dinner. To avoid pangs of hunger, she requested tea and assorted baked goods each day from her servants. Eventually the duchess invited friends to join her and the tradition of afternoon tea became a highly social occasion. By 1880, afternoon tea had spread to the homes of the upper classes, tea shops across the country and then to well-known hotels. Today that tradition is alive and well at the Crowne Plaza Bahrain, where you can get together, relax and unwind with your close friends and delight in your own royal tea party with scrumptious snacks for BD4.900++ if you’re on your own or for BD3.900++ if you join the party as a group. Indulge in a range of freshly prepared tea sandwiches, scones, cakes, tarts, petit fours and sweets in addition to seasonal fruits. The highlight of course is the variety of teas: black, green and white. The range includes camomile, mint, rooibos, violet, elderflower and fruit teas. E Call 17 531-122.

CUCINA ITALIANA

A Fresh Perspective

A business is dead when it fails to evolve. One restaurant chain knows better and has hired a creative mind to lead its team to more success than it already reaps.

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In the service industry for about 18 years, Peter Lyons has proved his excellence and expertise through world-renowned projects. He had played several key roles in leading restaurant chains in the UK and the Middle East before he took up the post as general manager at Bahrain Family Leisure Company (BFLC). “I think I might be an anarchist. I’m not into the total political side of restaurants. I think big chains are very set with their methods and it can be quite stifling. I believe I’m particularly creative,” Lyons explains. He used this innovative gene to good use during his tenure with brands like Chaophraya and Papa G. He moved on to consult for a number of major hotel brands and restaurant designs in the UK, until he found his true calling. “One thing I am really into is training; I love it,” he continues. The proactive and energetic leader took up his new role in the Kingdom as a challenge. Although BFLC is a smaller operation than he is used to, he sees a lot of potential in its outlets. “Cucina Italiana is a very polished operation already. The product is very good. We are lucky to have a very passionate Italian chef. The ambience and decor is great,” Lyons says. “With this restaurant I’m going to focus on the experience and the knowledge of the staff. For me it’s just as much about the experience as it is about the food. We want to give every single guest the feeling that they’re special to us.” In the future, he plans to open more branches across the GCC. For now, they have launched a loyalty programme for regular guests. E Call 17 001-317.

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SHERATON BAHRAIN HOTEL

Truly Persian

Sure, we can find grills at every corner. But how often do you find kebabs of five-star standards? It’s high time you tried some of the most authentic Iranian dishes.

Golestan at Sheraton Bahrain Hotel is not an Iranian restaurant just by name. You have to go there to experience the luxurious Arabian set-up, genuine Persian hospitality and authentic flavours of homecooked meals. It won’t take long before you realise that this venue offers the best of the Middle Eastern world. A blend of modern and traditional designs, Golestan offers luxury and comfort. It is, after all, named after the province of shahanshas or ‘king of kings’. Of course, it is only natural to be treated like royalty when seated in a palatial setting. As you walk in, you are reminded of the mirrored mosque in Shiraz. The walls act as a kaleidoscope, offering a dance of lights as you pass through the corridor. The sea of turquoise that engulfs the restaurant will have you awestruck. It is no coincidence that the blue-green gem was first found in Iranian mines. In their time-honoured architecture of the region, turquoise was used to cover the domes of palaces because its intense blue colour was a symbol of heaven on earth [DASH] much like what you imagine the restaurant to be when you’ve tried their food. A full plate Considered the queen of Middle Eastern food, Iranian cuisine retains its uniqueness with prepared meals of subtle and yet contrasting flavours, such as a combination of sweet and sour or mild and, rarely, spicy. Herbs, spices and fruits are used for seasoning and garnishing; and the flavours are quite subtle and delicate.

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The kitchen brigade at Golestan restaurant excels in this balance of tastes, offering more than the usual juicy kebabs with rice and vegetables. The menu displays a range of cold and warm appetisers that are typically prepared in the Persian kitchen, like salad olivieh and kashk badenjan. They have an impressive selection of homemade soups as well, like aash-egandom and aash-e-reshteh. The province of Golestan is located south of the Caspian Sea. It is, therefore, only natural to find a fair share of seafood items on the menu, including Iranian caviar for those who are looking for a palatial experience. Eating is associated with social events in Iran. So it is advisable to be prepared for a feast. Those with a healthy appetite can have a go at the charcoal grills and chef’s specialities. Being full is no excuse to pass up dessert, especially when they are as traditional as those offered at this restaurant. Iranian ice cream is a must-have; top that with saffron and you have a winning recipe. If there’s one thing that tops bastani, it has got to be faalodeh. This is a treat for the eyes as well; your server pours a variety of syrups on to the frozen vermicelli noodles in front of you, using authentic kitchenware of Iran. If you thought you were done with rice, think again. Feerini is a sweet dish you just can’t say no to. In fact, it’s hard to say no to anything the Golestan kitchen has to offer. E Call 17 533-533 or visit www.golestanbahrain.com.

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diningf&bhappenings THE DIPLOMAT RADISSON BLU HOTEL, RESIDENCE & SPA

Lunch Out

In business, you can never be afraid to ‘break bread’ with people — colleagues or clients. The idea of a business lunch is an effective way to make a deal; The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa agrees. Over a meal, you can relax, get to know people by moving from business to social topics, and, ultimately, build relationships and create positive experiences that can become lasting memories. And when you have a set menu like the one on offer at Kontiki restaurant, you can have the upper hand of choosing where you dine. Served every day of the week, except Fridays and Saturdays, the business lunch at this fine dining venue is available for BD8. It includes a starter, a main course, side dishes and a selection of desserts in addition to a beverage. The set menu changes every day. Indulge in roasted beef tenderloin with grilled veggies and mashed potato on Sundays, grilled hammour fillet with comfit cherry tomato on Mondays and grilled chicken breast with ratatouille on Wednesdays. If you’re not in the mood for grills, walk in on Tuesday for chicken Thai green curry or on Thursday for stir-fried noodles. The highlight of the meal is that you can finish it with three different desserts! However, there is a catch — on their end at least. If you aren’t served your whole meal within 40 minutes, you can dine for free! With a poolside setting and this pleasant weather, it’s no wonder it’s getting busier each day. You could also dine at Fiddlers Green. The Irish pub offers a variety of burgers on their business lunch menu at the same price. E Call 17 531-666.

VAPIANO

An Italian restaurant invited diners to take part in its traditional olive festival from April 21 to May 5 with titbits of olive wisdom and tasty specials.

Have an important meeting? Here is a reason to do it over lunch. Make the most of it!

Viva Oliva When? May 1-5 | Event? Olive festival | Venue? Vapiano

There was a time when olive oil was so precious it was used as currency. Today it’s impossible to imagine Mediterranean cooking without the ‘green gold’ of the south. For this very reason, Vapiano, located on the first level of Bahrain City Centre, celebrated the fine little fruit of the Mediterranean until May 5. Festivities in honour of the olive were held throughout April and May in many Mediterranean countries. They celebrated a fruitful olive blossoming and held out hope for a successful harvest in the autumn. Vapiano brought Mediterranean traditions to Bahrain by greeting diners with titbits of olive wisdom and specially created olive dishes such as ‘Pizza Pomodorina meets Viva Oliva’, ‘Insalata D’olive’ and ‘Pasta Rustica’. Other highlights awaiting diners during the festival were the Olive Sundays. On May 5, ‘Olives love Feta’ minis had accompanied any pasta from Gruppo D or any of the Viva Oliva pasta specials. The olive dignified a different component of the cuisine on each occasion. For the rest of May, Vapiano continues to offer specials aside from its bestseller pizzas, pastas and salads. For more details, like Vapiano Bahrain on Facebook, and follow @VapianoBahrain on Twitter. E Call 17 491-391 or email vapbcc@fakhro.com.

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THE K HOTEL

Culinary Adventures Would you like to know how to turn simple ingredients into tasty and healthy dishes? Here’s your chance to learn the techniques of professional chefs.

What better way to learn the art of cooking than from experts, who wish to take you on culinary adventures around the world. Be part of an exclusive training programme for food enthusiasts in the comfort of the Kenza Restaurant at The K Hotel in Juffair. Offering a range of cooking classes to suit every taste, the four-star hotel provides the chance to gain greater understanding of different cuisines, cultures and cooking styles. If you have an interest in a specific culture or cuisine, then you can ask the chefs to alter their classes to your taste or to your group’s culture. Taking every participant’s preferences into consideration, the cooking class can include Arabic, Lebanese, Japanese, Chinese or Italian cuisines. And let’s not forget the much-loved desserts. Down to the last detail Each class includes recipes and preparation methods for two main course meals and a dessert. It will be conducted by executive chef Sylvester Rozario, assisted by his kitchen brigade within the hotel’s celebrated restaurant, Kenza. “The cooking classes are a fantastic opportunity to get firsthand insight into the tricks and techniques of professional chefs. Not only do we provide you with the background and history of our cuisine, but you will learn various cooking techniques, colourful presentation and unique flavours. What makes this truly special is the fact that you can choose from a range of different classes according to your preferences and likes,” says Rozario.

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Sessions can be planned according to the group’s demands. Nevertheless, the chefs at The K Hotel have planned for weekly classes to remain as part of their schedule. Better yet, they are free of charge! Each class has a maximum of 20 participants. For those truly keen to learn the tricks of his trade, they might even get to be Rozario’s assistant throughout the session, helping him prepare the dishes. Recipe sheets are given to attendees, making it easier to follow the steps towards perfecting authentic dishes. Believe it or not, by day’s end you will have learnt to prepare a healthy meal with superior ingredients and creativity. These free classes are a gift from The K Hotel. In the Asian cuisine sessions Rozario cooks with the support of a Japanese chef, who skilfully introduces participants to his native delicacies and skills. Similarly, the executive pastry chef lends a hand when presenting irresistible desserts. With many chefs willing to impart their knowledge for free, there’s no doubt that classes will fill quickly. Call in to reserve your place in a session to avoid disappointment. This culinary adventure is perfect to share with friends, family and colleagues. With the complimentary sessions, everyone has a chance to learn varied techniques and culinary secrets straight from the experts. Here’s your opportunity to impress those at home. E Call 17 360-000 or visit www.thekhotel.com.

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diningf&bhappenings RAMADA BAHRAIN HOTEL

Summer Retreat For many of us, summer usually means taking a break from the heat. A four-star hotel in Adliya reminds both locals and visitors that Bahrain can still be the place to be.

All set for summer, Ramada Bahrain Hotel in Adliya has attractive offers for both business and leisure travellers. A reputable name in the hospitality industry, the hotel enjoys an ideal location in the heart of city. It is known for its friendly, well-trained staff as well as its unrivalled services and facilities. What’s not to love? Summer is a stressful time with the scorching heat and unbearable humidity. However, Ramada Bahrain aims to make your summer in the Kingdom relaxing and memorable. Book your stay at amazing rates with a variety of exclusive services and facilities that the entire family can enjoy. Amenities include newly installed air conditioning units, free wireless Internet connection, complimentary tea and coffee making equipment and products, state-of-the-art electronic in-room safety lockers, as well as irons and ironing boards. A fresh fruit plate set up on arrival along with a bottle of mineral water restocked daily are the finer touches that Ramada Bahrain is known for. The team at the hotel invites you to enjoy summer days instead of labouring through them. Enjoy a relaxing plunge in the Oasis swimming pool and order from the array of cocktails, mocktails and snacks while you unwind. Celebrate nights at The Exchange Restaurant and Pub, which offers discounts on selected beverages during happy hours that last from 8-10pm daily. The resident band, Mystique, livens up the evening with live music from Sundays to Fridays from 9pm onwards. E Call 17 742-000.

LANTERNS RESTAURANT

Hot and Spicy The summer heat usually drives us to dine indoors. The newest branch of a celebrated Indian restaurant in the Kingdom changes attitudes towards outdoor dining.

This summer the newest entrant to Adliya’s 338 food district, Lanterns Restaurant & Lounge, allows us to be less sceptical about outdoor dining owing to its cooling mist spray. This reduces the temperature by several degrees, allowing diners to be seated in their rooftop lounge or terrace and alters our perception of ‘dining out’ with its relaxed setting and bar bites, under one roof. You can now enjoy the balmy nights in luxury. Dig in Since its opening in February, the second outlet of the brand has proven immensely popular. The food at Lanterns is essentially Indian. It serves fusion dishes with Western touches as well, greeting diners of all cultures with a taste of modern India. A vast à la carte menu is supported by Lanterns’ well-liked buffets. The ‘Maharaja Feast’ buffet spread on Thursday and Friday nights is available at BD9.900++. It features grills, fresh breads and seafood. Business lunches, priced at BD7.900++, are served Sunday to Wednesday. On Sundays and Mondays, the restaurant offers a bottomless glass of selected beer, wine or cocktail along with a soup, salad and your choice of main course from the menu for BD20++. The lounge hosts happy hours daily from 3-7pm. Although Lanterns’ new outlet in Adliya is heating up the dining scene, it’s all about cool nights and fine entertainment. E Call 17 250-999.

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

Asian Chin Li Chop-Chop Tea House Curry Country Hot Wok House Boat Kontiki Meisei Memories Mo Kan Monsoon Nu Asia Panasia

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

Rosa Verge Skyw@lk Café World Beat Café

13 667-777 17 363-999 17 612-576

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

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

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

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

Fusion Fusions L’Ile

17 746-427 17 845-000

Nando’s Rendezvous Salad Boutique The Crepe Café Upstairs Downstairs Zoe

17 825-339 17 178-712 36 664-427 17 820-722 17 713-093 17 176-400

International (5 Star Hotel) Al Safir Al Waha Al Wasmeyyah La Med La Mosaique Olivo’s Brasserie Rimal Saraya Saveur Selections Silk’s

17 524-538 17 746-425 17 535-000 17 580-000 17 531-122 17 525-214 17 845-000 17 636-410 17 171-000 17 227-777 17 460-055

International (4 Star Hotel) Café California Café Marisol Café Sayah Chaq’s Grill Fusion Café Grand Café Il Giardino Klouds La Brasserie La Café Le Cascada Le Jardin Neyran Palm Parsia Ramee Bistro Ramee Café Red Café Savoy Café Temptations (EGH) Temptations (ESH) Tiffany’s

Papaya Peppers Rice Bowl Thai Chi Tian Wok Yum Chow!

17 697-105 17 717-808 17 179-600 17 179-747 17 717-080 17 636-415 17 744-900

Brazilian Brasa de Brasil Brazil Rodizio Grill

17 582-225 17 826-686

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

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

Café Restaurants Café T Camille’s Sidewalk Café Delifrance Esquires Le Bateau Le Chocolat Lina’s Café

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

Indian Aachi’s Chettinad Kitchen Akbar Asha’s Clay Oven Copper Chimney Curry Tree Hyderabad House It’s Mirchi Lanterns Moti Mahal Mumbai Spices Nattinpuram Nirvana Papadom Spices The Yellow Chilli

17 233-110 17 296-660 17 179-751 17 717-008 17 728-699 16 030-662 17 720-031 17 727-230 17 590-591 17 825-333 17 382-255 17 290-600 17 589-318 17 564-434 17 531-122 17 580-480

Indian/Pakistani B-B-Q Delights Chutney’s

17 564-282 17 591-259

International East West Cuisine Flair Healthy Calorie Jim’s Restaurant La Fontaine Links Little Chef/Wholesale Mei n Yu Muju

17 210-012 17 212-900 17 369-399 17 710-654 17 230-123 17 751-262 17 595-950 16 010-160 16 039-800

17 290-945 17 002-490

Lebanese Abd El Wahab Al Areesha Al Arz Al Hamra Palace Beyroute Café Blanc Carla’s Lebanese Bistro Leila L’Sultan Mashawi Lebanese Grill Qasr Al Sultan Grill Rayés Saj Express Shoo Fee Ma Fee Yamin Jana Zahle Zayt Zaytoon

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

Al Abraaj Al-Bokhari Leewan Al Khor

17 178-090 17 311-186 16 010-666

Melh Alzad Taza

17 311-170 17 784-997

17 131-111 17 725-414 17 296-660 17 224-000 17 280-111 17 100-069 17 697-687 17 711-772 17 567-222 17 506-070 17 179-500 17 312-700 17 365-055 17 311-280 16 033-800 17 746-417 17 312-222

Mexican Casa Mexicana Margarita Mexicana Senor Paco’s

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

Middle Eastern

Totally Fish Waves

17 179-757 17 531-122

Shawarma Shawarma Express Zahlawiya

17 729-922 17 710-051

Steak Houses Klouds Le Relais De Venise Legendz Plums The Butcher Shop & Grill The Meat Co

17 360-000 17 567-222 17 227-777 17 580-000 17 172-323 17 742-080

Thai Baan Saeng Thai Banana Leaf Hash House Lanna Thai Muay Thai Orchid Thai Royal Thai Shada Thai Express Thailand Wang Thai

17 715-775 17 744-171 17 715-094 17 593-940 77 040-454 17 312-006 17 746-421 17 721-155 17 506-070 17 717-040 17 710-771

Turkish Anatolia Iskenderun Grill Kosebasi

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

Italian Bice Ristorante Café Italia Caffe Spasso Carino’s Italian Grill Castello Cico’s Ciro’s Pomodoro Cucina Italiana Fiamma Gusto Italiano Justapasta La Pergola La Taverna Medzo Mia Mia Mino’s Pizzeria Mondo Nino Oliveto Pastarito Ristoranti Prego Primavera Roma Romano’s Macaroni Grill Vapiano Veneto

17 533-666 17 744-774 17 822-274 17 587-878 17 697-552 17 713-710 17 534-567 17 001-317 17 636-363 17 695-556 17 581-919 17 506-070 17 746-419 17 229-979 17 227-777 17 564-414 17 744-777 17 525-484 17 566-555 17 716-747 17 179-300 17 751-263 17 580-000 17 725-885 17 723-818 17 491-391 17 680-967

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

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Arirang Da Rae Jung

17 826-001 17 701-201 17 224-000 17 290-555 17 811-688 17 727-230 17 583-388 17 360-000 17 313-333 17 810-555 17 360-360 17 742-000 17 584-400 17 296-699 17 814-777 17 290-600 17 297-000 17 296-660 17 827-999 17 565-888 17 558-888 17 716-999

Iranian Golestan Isfahani Parsian Persian Garden Takht Jamsheed Tehran Grill

Korean

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

Moroccan Momo Le Marrakech

17 180-659 17 003-273

Pizza Domino's Little Caesars Margherita Pizza and Pasta Metro Pizza Papa John’s Pick a Pizza Pizza Express Pizza Hut Pizza Inn Pizzabella The Pizza Company

17 826-222 17 179-400 17 723-133 17 794-000 17 581-516 17 720-929 17 742-299 17 711-113 17 811-666 17 827-133 17 811-830

Polynesian Trader Vic’s

17 586-555

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

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

Quick Service Restaurants Burger King Burgerland Chickey’s DQ Grill & Chill Elevation Burger EZ Take out Burger Fatburger Hardee’s Herfy Jasmi’s Kentucky Fried Chicken Kudu New York Fries McDonald’s Pollo Campero Tasty Bite

17 506-070 17 713-778 17 257-778 17 506-070 17 587-828 17 241-111 17 131-414 17 178-084 17 243-115 17 727-887 17 711-111 17 717-542 17 178-436 17 221-722 17 161-716 17 714-972

Eating Out listings

Note: Whilst every effort is made to cover all leading restaurant outlets in Bahrain, the details listed are based upon replies to our survey. BTM cannot accept any responsibility or liability for inaccurate information: we recommend you check with the restaurant to reconfirm their listing.

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Guraz Surprise Birthday Party Burzana Wankadia threw a surprise birthday party for her husband Guraz at the Ramee International Hotel, Juffair. A number of their close friends attended the party that was held last month

Mehru & Cyrus

Farida & Perin

Guraz & Burzana

Guraz, DJ Philip & Burzana

Rushad, Cyrus, Shiavax, Nevil, Jamshed & Kayanush

Ruehingize, Dilshad, Farida, Burzana & Guraz

Farida, Guraz, Burzana & Sarosh

Burzana, Percy, Manijeh, Dr Joshi & Meher

Tehmten & Farida

Navaz & Mehru

Rony & Nargis

An Evening With Master Blender Colin Scott The Gulf Hotel hosted an exclusive dinner event for a number of guests to spend the evening with Master Blender Colin Scott. The evening began at Typhoon followed by dinner at Fusions Restaurant

Colin Scott, David & Ian

Melissa & Tamsin

Christophe & Ryan

Imbi & Riina

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Heinz & Colin

Max Warner & Colin Scott

George, Imbi, Anne & Nick

Chris, Anthony, David & Andrew

James & John

Amitabh & Steve

Nigella

Carolyn

Christophe & Colin

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afterdarkthismonth When? May 17 | Event? DJ night | Venue? Brazil Lounge

Underground Sound Elma Bartholomew Are you tired of listening to the same DJ playing the same old beats? Maybe you should visit an understated lounge in Adliya for some awesome house music. Born in Bahrain, Sami Dee realised he had music in his blood at a young age. His early influences were ‘80s breakdance beats, Michael Jackson and old Bob Marley records. After moving to the UK in 1987, Dee was introduced to hip-hop, acid house and rave music, through artists like the Wu Tang Clan, 808 State and Sasha, who were popular on the underground scene at the time. Six years later, Dee started DJing at house parties and his taste in music shifted as he began to gravitate towards US house. Mix tapes by Graeme Park, Roger Sanchez and Armand Van Helden were amongst favourites. The Hacienda in Manchester and Cream in Liverpool became frequent destinations for Dee and friends during 1995. In 1996 he listened to a DJ Sneak mix tape that introduced him to underground Chicago house. The jacking house sound of Chicago had a big impact on Dee; he began to draw inspiration from Chi-town DJ-producers such as Derrick Carter, Mark Farina and Green Velvet. Shortly after turning 19, Dee moved to London. During his four-year stay in the capital, he became recognised as a talent. Also this month

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This resulted in DJing appearances at the Ministry of Sound, the infamous Dogstar in Brixton and a feature in Djmag. Dee met and performed alongside some of the producers that have inspired him over the years, including Rob Mello, Luke Solomon, Derrick Carter and Sneak. Since 2005 Sami Dee has been based in Huddersfield, where he continues to DJ. He has also made the cross over to production. He currently has the role of director and resident at art.haus Productions that hosts exclusive events in Bahrain and the UK. Ground-breaking beats On May 17, he has set up the fourth instalment of art.haus for the year, bringing the deep sounds of Chicago veteran, Chitronix, to the Kingdom. He was part of the scene that gave birth to House music back in the early ‘80s. Drawing inspiration from family members such as seminal producer Paul Johnson, Chitronix has become an ambassador of House music and an art.haus favourite. His DJing influences include the Hot Mix 5, Frankie Knuckles, Tony Humphries, Ron Hardy and Leonard ‘Remix’ Rroy. You can catch them both live at Brazil Lounge on May 17 from 10pm onwards. It’s free entry for all. This nightlife hotspot in Adliya is a place for relaxation and good times after a hard day at work. Although it is not very big, it provides customers with an easy and comfortable atmosphere that is lacking in many lounges these days. E Call 36 161-650.

When? May 2 Event? Launch Venue? Club Area 51, Riviera Hotel Finally, the revamped venue is officially open this summer. E Call 33 334-138. When? May 2 Event? Tribute act Venue? JJ’s Irish Restaurant Tony Lewis shows off his alter ego, who happens to look like Robbie Williams. E Call 39 329-083 When? May 3 Event? Theme night Venue? Club Buffalo, Ramee California Hotel Have you heard of Cinco de Mayo? Now you can be part of it! E Call 39 688-207. When? May 7 Event? Poolside party Venue? The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Catch the last leg of the best poolside party in town. Wine and dine! E Call 17 713-000. When? May 9 Event? Live entertainment Venue? Bedrock, Ramee California Are you ready for a night of ‘Lazer Attakk’? E Call 36 452-547.

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Where’s the Party At?

When? May 10, 11 Event? Comedy night Venue? Dublin Club, Ramee Palace; The Warbler, Baisan Int’l Geoff Boyz and Luke Benson are in town. Be prepared to laugh! E Call 39 736-547 or 38 381-631. When? May 17 Event? DJ night Venue? Brazil Lounge Underground house is not so low key anymore. Listen to the best. E Call 36 161-650. When? May 23 Event? DJ night Venue? Bizarre Lounge, Kempinski Ixir Hotel The nightclub calls out to the fashionistas of Bahrain. E Call 17 171-000. When? May 29 Event? Theme night Venue? Club F1, Metropolitan Hotel It’s time for a beach party — straight from Hawaii. E Call 39 098-607.

DJ Jabu at Bizarre

Summer is here. Let the party season begin! Here’s our regular round-up of where to be seen this month. Sami Dee is back with a fourth instalment of art.haus production on May 17. Joining him is Chitronix with the best of underground house music. Catch them live at Brazil Lounge in Adliya from 10pm onwards. Do you think you could use a laugh? Then you’re in for a treat. Comedian and impressionist Geoff Boyz offers rib-cracking humour along with stand-up artist Luke Benson at The Warbler, Baisan International Hotel, on May 9. If Thursday doesn’t work

for you, hop over to Dublin Club at Ramee Palace for the second leg of their tour on the next night. This Irish-American pub has a summer theme party set for May 30. Bedrock at Ramee California Hotel invites you to a party you just shouldn’t miss. Night Vision: Lazer Attakk is a show of light that calls you to the dance floor. Save the date — May 9. Next door, nightclub venue Club Buffalo hosts a Mexican theme night on May 3 called Cinco de Mayo, named after the festival. But if you feel like you’re in the mood for some Hawaiian music, you could hit Club F1 on May 29. The Gulf Hotel’s exclusive poolside event, Gulf Night Out, is back

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Metal Meltdown At Rocky's Bud Music Live held a rock show titled Metal Meltdown at Rocky's Cafe, Ramee International Hotel in Juffair last month

Omar, Naveen & Yousaf

Reza, Candice & Danial

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One of the bands that performed

Joe, Layal & Prasad

Shimmy, Fate, Aysha & Jade

Naji, Maxi, Ahmad & Wolverine

Danielle, Danae & Niki

Jack & Violet

Nasser & Vinod

Yousif & Ali

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Marybeth and Ruben

with a splash! Don’t forget your swimwear and bring along an appetite as every restaurant in the five-star venue showcases their culinary expertise on May 7. The Hot in the City party continues at Bizarre Lounge at Kempinski Ixir Hotel. This will be held on May 23 with new resident DJ Jabu at the decks. Tribute acts It isn’t a weekend in the Kingdom if you haven’t spent time singing along at a tribute act. JJ’s Irish Restaurant kicks off the party scene with a Robbie Williams tribute gig by Tony Lewis on May 2. If you thought you knew all of Rihanna’s songs like the back of your hand, you’ll be shocked to see her tribute act at The Warbler on May 22 and at Club Buffalo at Ramee California on May 23. She is joined by a Katy Perry tribute act on the same night. Drink up and enjoy the show! What’s new The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa has a new band on board. Al Fhookers plays every Friday at the brunch. DJ Ram continues to mesmerise the crowd at three of their outlets: Mondo, Kontiki and Fiddlers Green. The Warbler introduces Fire and Rain, their new resident band. They have also launched a new theme night called Nostalgia. Visit every Monday for some great music from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Bar hopping would be a good idea on this night as it is Fosters Jam Night at Club Buffalo, where their resident band Remix shakes up the dance floor. Win free beverage vouchers and discounts. Club F1 at Metropolitan Hotel has a new band, Zynchro, on stage as well. The club has a new three-course set menu on offer at BD10. The Kempinski Grand Hotel has new talents in two of their venues. Marybeth and Ruben grace the stage at Mezzanine Lounge while Faith LH soothes the crowd at Boudoir Lounge.

Luke Benson

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Don’t Stop the Music Listen to the best of pop divas — Rihanna and Katy Perry — at two of the most packed out clubs in the city.

Rihanna Reloaded is a renowned tribute act entertainment company in the UK. No one can compare to the look, sound and stage presence of this fantastic group. Well, no one apart from Rihanna herself. No other band comes anywhere close to emulating the Barbadian beauty like they do. This is one tribute act that has to be seen and heard to be believed! And that’s exactly what you can do this month on the island. Joining the troupe is a Katy Perry tribute. This lady is all about professionalism and accuracy. From the voice to the costumes, this stunning performer will have you wondering if she really is Ms Perry herself. This tribute captures the magic and stage presence of the original pop star, bringing you a show packed with charttopping music and incredible vocals. There’s no doubt this show is going to be a definite crowdpleaser. Be part of the tour by starting your weekend early on May 22 at The Warbler in Baisan International Hotel. The English pub in Exhibition Road offers a one-of-kind setting to get moving to some of the best dance songs. If you miss the show on Wednesday, hop over to Club Buffalo in Ramee California Hotel. The happening nightclub in Juffair hosts the double whammy event on May 23. Both venues kick off the show at 10.30pm. Men need to pay BD5 for entry, while the ladies can walk in for free. Drink all you can for BD20. Those with an appetite can take advantage of the gala dinner buffet for BD10, including a free beverage. E Call 39 688-207 or 39 205-771.

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Models LUSH Night Marvel Event Management held a Models LUSH Night at Block 338 Restaurant, Lounge & Garden

Marwa, Safa, Vanessa, Miraya & Safa

Cynthia, Veronica & Alex

Melanie & Andres

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Vanessa, Shereen, Miraya & Arsalan

Anna, Stine, Sonya, Hamra, Kristen & Rose

Adam & Sophie

Ernest & Aprill

Nibz & DJ Kaz

Marianna, Vanessa & Safa

JP & Kristin

Craig & Rita

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Dublin Club welcomes summer with the ‘Shorts & Shades’ party on May 30. The clue lies in the name. Head straight from the beach to the club, shake the sand off of your flip-flops and get ready to party. Resident band, Evolver, will rock the stage all night long alongside DJ Conny behind the decks. Start your evening with a beverage from the summer cocktail menu, the perfect accompaniment to an evening of the hottest new tunes and plenty of summer classics. Get a three-course meal, including a beverage, for BD10 from 7pm.

Bring on the Heat Temperatures are rising across the island and an Irish-American pub is doing its best to keep everyone cool.

Kick off! Football fans are in for a treat this month with exciting matches virtually every week. It all kicks off with the FA Cup Final on May 11 with Manchester City looking to save their blushes against first-time finalist Wigan. On May 15, it’s the Europa League Final, a chance for Benitez to bring home some silverware for the Blues. May 19 is the final day of the Premier League season. It all comes to a close on May 25 with the Champions League Final as Europe’s finest battle it out for their place in football history and a year’s worth of bragging rights at Wembley Stadium. Catch all the action live and large on the big screen at Dublin Club. Stay tuned for details on the fifth season of Dublin’s Got Talent, promising to be bigger and better than last year’s event, uncovering new talent along the way. E Call 39 736-547 or Facebook.com/Dublin Club Bahrain.

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DJ Kool At Elite Seef American DJ & rapper was behind the decks at the pool party held at the Elite Seef Residence & Hotel. DJ Outlaw was the support DJ at the event organised by Punchline Media

DJ Outlaw & Fahad

Rupzel & Natalie

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DJ Kool

DJ Outlaw & DJ Swing

Nadia, Rupzel & Tozen

DJ Swing, Georgia & Capo

Jamie & Jessica

Gail, Talha & Joana

Roc & Natalie

Capo & DJ Swing

MJ & Marrel

Marwa, Fahad & Rami

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The latest fragrance from Ajmal Perfumes, Dahn Al Oudh Al Nuwayra, is an exceptional unisex perfume that features Indian and Cambodian blends fortified with musk. Available Ajmal Perfumes.

Men of Steel A bold dial design brings the new Pierre Cardin men’s watch to life. In addition to making a snazzy 44mm statement on the wrist during the day and night, it is a functional and fashionable chronograph. Available at A La Mode outlets.

For Your Eyes Only

Au Natural The latest anti-ageing line from the famed nature-based skin care brand, Lange, is now available in Bahrain. Their products are based on plant and seaweed extracts and essential oils. Available at Gulf Pharmacy.

Bling Bling Get hold of Sephora’s first glam mascara, offering volume and a magnificent full-lash curve. No need to pile on the layers as the Outrageous Volume Mascara does the work for you! Available at Sephora outlets.

The new eye-focused line from Make Up For Ever is just what you need for a sultry exotic look. Dress up your eyes with amazing false lashes, shape your brows with the waterproof brow corrector or use the ultra-pigmented cream as an eyeliner and shadow. Available at Make Up For Ever.

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marketplace MANGO

White Summer

The colour for the season is definitely white — such a look is a reflection of the pure elegance of a warm night. Mango’s spring/summer collection offers versatile white pieces to be worn in a casual environment during the day, or to create a stylish outfit for an evening gathering. From impeccable clothes to contemporary accessories, this brand never disappoints when you require a stylish appearance. White also appears in stripes, is paired with bold colours and stands out in a great black and white outfit. This pale shade is here to stay and has to be a stalwart of your wardrobe for the season.

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CELIO*

Living the Life

Exhibiting freshness and playing with the colours in vogue this season, a French men’s fashion brand offers a range to match every personality, style and mood.

Founded in 1985 by Marc and Laurent Grosman, celio* is a must-have international brand for men. Today the ready-towear fashion line has over 1,000 stores in 70 countries. Releasing four collections a year with over 800 designs in each, the clothing retailer has two brand names under its roof — celio* and celio*CLUB. Aiming for perfection Trend hunters, keeping an eye on the contemporary styles, visit top fashion capitals to find inspiration for the brand’s collections throughout the year. Inspired by the ‘dolce vita’ spirit, the spring/summer range this year displays a cool urban style; alternating between vivid hues and neutral shades that add life to the garments. A perfect blend of light casual garments and beachwear, the collection is composed of numerous choices for the quintessential and contemporary look for today’s men. This Italian-inspired range caters to the fashion-conscious man with clear emphasis on styles and cuts that Italian fashion is renowned for. Star elements from the collection include fine linen attire in an array of fresh hues and colours to beat the summer heat. The line comprises breezy cool shirts available in a kaleidoscope of colours coupled with the comfort of this summer-friendly fabric. E Call 17 582-785 (Seef Mall) or 17 179-684 (BCC).

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marketplace GAP

Colour Your World

The bright sun makes the colours pop this season. Get your favourite hue and style up!

Bright colours and pastel hues in a single shade or blended together makes the arrival of summer real. It is time to wrap yourself in rainbow mode! At Gap you will find a wide selection of coloured tops and bottoms to pair with the perfect hue for the season — white! You can also invest in shades of khaki for a casual-chic look. Colours have a natural power to work as a mood lifter. If you feel comfortable mixing and matching them, you will certainly achieve a cool and updated look to stand out in the crowd. Looking for trendy tones? Gap’s new collection brings options for men and women in a palette of blues, greens, yellows and more. Add some fun to your wardrobe and spice up your style! E Call 17 178-432 (Bahrain City Centre).

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Minister of Industry and Commerce, Dr Hassan Fakhro, cutting the ribbon with members of the BMMI board and Alosra management team

ALOSRA SUPERMARKET

Closer to Home

A leading supermarket chain has expanded its reach by opening its doors to the residents of Riffa, making it its fourth branch across the Kingdom.

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Alosra Supermarket, the ‘fresh and friendly’ subsidiary of BMMI, officially opened a new outlet last month and is now packed with even more premium products. “We know that a lot of our customers take the time to drive all the way from Riffa to our Saar or Amwaj branches to purchase the goods they know and love. We take this kind of customer loyalty and commitment very seriously and are now thrilled that we can make it easier for them to access their favourite brands right at their doorstep,” said Alosra general manager, Jaffar Al Asfoor. It is this commitment that inspired the creation of Alosra Premium, a section in the Riffa Palms branch, which includes speciality goods that are typically found at top-end gourmet retailers like Harrods and Selfridges. The section will include brands such as Prestat Chocolates, Rococo, Food Doctor, Jamie Oliver, Sheffield Honey, Eli & Manos, Stokes and The London Tea Company. “We want to ensure that we are constantly sourcing new, innovative products that suit a wide taste of palates in addition to offering something novel to our customers, with the extra benefit of it being all under one roof,” said Alosra marketing executive, Pavlos Manousos Babiolakis. In 2011, Alosra's 'Think Local' programme was born to promote local produce, support Bahrain's economy and its producers. From an initial concept related to sourcing fresh produce, Think Local has gained stature to become an integral part of Bahrain's social responsibility strategy. “At the end of the day, Alosra is local. We are a local organisation that is committed to the training and development of our people, providing high quality produce, supporting local producers and addressing the needs of our communities,” stated Al Asfoor. The new branch is located at Riffa Palms (Riffa Views) and will be open daily from 7am-11pm. E Call 17 750-006.

Interior of the new store

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ASIA JEWELLERS

Grace Meets Style The Portuguese collection from a Swiss watch manufacturer is a masterpiece of precision engineering.

The delight of watch-lovers around the globe for over 70 years, IWC Schaffhausen is a landmark in the history of mechanical timekeeping. The Portuguese Chronograph Classic and the Tourbillon Hand-Wound are two newcomers gracing the successful watchmaker family. Since its inception the line has combined an elegance and timelessness with uncompromising horological perfection. The tradition behind the line stretches back to the precision nautical instruments once used by navigators to discover the world. Over half a millennium later, in the late 1930s, two Portuguese businessmen working in the watch sector visited the Schaffhausen factory and commissioned wristwatches to match the accuracy of a marine chronometer. Elegance of a classic Chronograph Classic brings exceptional elegance and classically inspired design to this popular collection, though the redesigned watch has a surprisingly independent look. It preserves the identity and cultural heritage of the legendary originals of the 1930s. It comes complete with appliquĂŠd Arabic numerals, a railway track-style chapter ring and slender feuille hands. An arched-

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edge front glass makes this slim beauty’s 42-millimetre diameter seem smaller than it is. The traditional type of glass used lends a well-balanced and classical impression. Powering the watch is an IWCmanufactured 89361 calibre, developed specifically to record time spans of up to 12 hours on a sub-dial. The result is as bold and easy to read as a clock face. Queen of discipline The Portuguese collection is famed for combining the tradition of nautical instruments with contemporary design and futuristic mechanics. The Tourbillon Hand-Wound is a refined expression of this synthesis, offered in the stylistically minimalist case in 18-carat white or red gold. The new front glass with an arched edge makes the Tourbillon seem very flat, enhancing its classic, balanced lines. The choice of dial suits the case, slate-coloured for the white gold variant and silver-plated for the red gold. The intricately decorated nickel-silver three-quarter bridge can be admired through the transparent sapphire-glass back. E Call 17 535-344.

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ROCHE BOBOIS

Rustic and Urban Your interiors ideas for your condo in the country might be a long-term plan. Bring a touch of the rural side to your current living space. At Roche Bobois, the leading French furniture store, colours, materials and design are vital factors. They invent striking pieces that you desire. Each collection invites you to create an inspiring living space with avant-garde pieces of today’s design world. Designed by Philippe Bouix, the Littoral sofa is a combination of three-four seats with padded seating. It is available in various sizes, as a modular sofa and an ottoman. This young designer’s approach is beyond the concept of standard comfort. He is on a constant quest for visual comfort through harmonisation of shapes, often punctuated with wood or chrome details. His signature is the balance of creativity and functionality.

Correspondances bed

Touch wood The Correspondances bed from the Nouveaux Classiques collection of Roche Bobois is made in solid beech and veneer on slatted wood. It boasts large panels in cherry wood veneer. The water-based stain, hand-waxed shellac and antique patina with aged back trim are among many finishes that are available in the range. Another irresistible piece from the collection is the Grand Hotel sideboard. Made with ash veneer on slatted wood, this unique design boasts a solid ash base as well as silver-plated feet and doorknobs.

River Droite armchair

All of a piece It is surprising how a single armchair can add class to a living space. Make that two and you have a room to die for. The Rive Droite armchair from Roche Bobois’ Les Contemporains collection is one such beauty. Upholstered in Yutland leather, this large armchair by Christophe Delcourt is pigmented with full grain cowhide. This range emphasises the designer’s taste for natural textures, fluid design and precision. It brings about the French ‘art of living’ by drawing on its craftsmanship to create modern and sophisticated furniture. Also featured in the contemporary collection is the Iron Tree cocktail table. Made of handwoven stainless steel wire on a stainless steel structure, the one-of-a-kind piece is the perfect centrepiece for any living room. E Call 17 582-901.

Colors sideboard Iron Tree cocktail table

Littoral sofa

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Winning Decor

When you do something new, it is a challenge to make it comfortable. But in this day and age, there really is no excuse to make something uncomfortable.

The Ottawa collection of dining furniture created by legendary designer Karim Rashid was launched in March 2012 by the international furniture retailer BoConcept. Now, the range has been awarded an ‘honourable mention’ by the 37-member red dot jury for its particularly well-executed detail solution. The red dot is one of the world’s most sought-after design prizes. In an evaluation process lasting several days, each one of the 4,662 product creations submitted was tested, discussed and evaluated in detail and on site, by renowned experts. The Ottawa collection of dining furniture scored highly. A closer look The range includes a complete dining room set with a table, chairs, sideboard and cabinet. All pieces can be customised in your choice of colours and materials as is the case with most BoConcept furniture. The Ottawa dining chair is a unique piece of design. Inspired by nature with its leaf shape and a forest of legs, it brings character to any dining table while still being very comfortable. The dining table has the same soft detailing to match the chairs. It is functional yet soft; minimal and at the same time sensual and human. This was important to the designer. “Of course you concentrate on the matter of the object, but at the same time there should be a sense of humanity. Something soft that touches you and makes you feel at ease,” Karim says.

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The table is extendable and can easily be expanded by one person, making room for 14 people. The mechanics, allowing the table to expand, are hidden. It just works, but doesn’t show. A main feature of the Ottawa sideboard are the handles that curve out. They are very easy to grab and pull open; the lockers and drawers provide practical storage options. Karim Rashid and BoConcept will officially receive the award at the red dot gala on July 1 in the Aalto Theater in Essen. The Ottawa collection will then be put on display during a fourweek special exhibition in the red dot design museum. This is the 22nd time that Karim has been awarded the red dot. Shop for the Ottawa collection at the BoConcept outlet in Seef. E Call 17 564-319.

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THE CLOSETS

Where the Magic Happens Get yourself a range from a definitive German luxury kitchen company dedicated to designing and crafting the world’s most desirable kitchens.

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From the humble beginnings of a small carpenter’s workshop in 1938, Häcker has accelerated into the 21st century to become the largest independently owned kitchen manufacturer in Germany and the whole of Europe, with over 1,900 dealers worldwide. Their philosophy is simple: to provide clients kitchens that fulfil the highest claims in terms of quality, functionality and design as well as trained service, both general and after sales. From their flagship showroom in Dubai, they continue the success story of Häcker Kitchens. The brand’s kitchen studio is perfectly tailored to offer the region’s elite clientele with the most exclusive luxury kitchens and furniture. The handpicked team of designers and technicians that is perfectly trained in Germany and with international expertise ensure clients receive the pinnacle of

European design and technology. With inspirational concepts, this fantastic collection of German modern, contemporary and traditional kitchens brings together a fresh and exciting range of woods and stylish finishes to suit every taste and budget. They are extremely flexible, allowing you to create a bespoke look — industrial or sophisticated. Häcker is also ideal for add-ons to your kitchen such as a dining area. A team of internationally trained designers will show you the possibilities for your kitchen space and fill you with inspiration for choosing the right appliances and colour coding worktops. The futuristic range gives you a clutter-free, spacious living area for the luxurious life that you deserve. Shop for Häcker at The Closets in Hamala. E Call 17 612-610.

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YUSIF BIN YUSIF FAKHRO

Breaking New Ground Renowned for offering reliable kitchen, laundry and air conditioning appliances, Frigidaire celebrates 95 years of legendary innovations.

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Having developed many of the world’s firsts, the home appliance manufacturer Frigidaire is an industry pioneer. Not only was 1918 the birth of the first electric refrigerator but it was also the beginning of the company. WC Durant, the president of General Motors, purchased the manufacturing company that built the first self-contained electric refrigeration unit and coined its name. In 1929, Frigidaire invented the first commercially successful ‘room cooler’, or as we call it today, the air conditioner. This piece of technology subsequently transformed what it meant to be comfortable at home. In the same year, an ice cream cabinet was introduced that proved to have many more uses. From this innovation, the first home freezer was adopted. As early refrigerators tended to dry out fruits and vegetables, in 1930 Frigidaire developed the first Hydrator, a metal pan with a specially ventilated lid. This kept humidity at just the right level for the produce, extending its freshness. Until 1947 the average washing machine was in constant need of monitoring as each part of the washing process had to be started by hand. The Pulsator Agitator washer fully automated the washing process so you could simply press a button, walk away and return when the wash programme was complete. Frigidaire was also able to reduce the size of the average cooker by a full 10 inches in 1950, while simultaneously offering the largest household electric oven in a cooker at the

time. Today this 30-inch-wide cooker is still the standard in many countries. In 1965 the manufacturers designed the first ice maker in the refrigerator door. It froze, released and stored ice cubes automatically, making it easier to serve a cold beverage. The first laundry centre with a full-size washer on the bottom and full-size dryer above it was built in 1970. Its compact size is still popular with people who have limited space for their washer and dryer. The first built-in water and ice filtration system was introduced in 1996 through a Frigidaire side-by-side refrigerator. This feature is now so popular that you can hardly find a refrigerator without it. Going into their 96th year of business, Frigidaire will continue its history of innovation by launching a new line of highefficiency top-load laundry models with unique features. The washer features an exclusive Waterfall Wash Technology, which thoroughly soaks the entire load, while the Immersion Care Wash Action gently moves the water and detergent through clothes. Head over to Yusif Bin Yusif Fakhro to see their complete line of appliances. E Call 17 408-111.

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OXYGEN GYM

Get Healthy, Get Fit We speak to Chris Rawlinson, manager and personal trainer at Oxygen Gym, for tips on how to tackle exercising woes in the harsh weather.

BTM: What do you think people could do to get the best from their workouts? CR: Set goals that are achievable. When you reach them reward yourself with something like a heart rate monitor or new training shoes and clothes. People do not train their lower body enough and practise bad techniques whilst doing exercises. Many do not stretch enough after working out. A personal trainer can offer motivation, correct techniques, diet advice and programmes designed to help you reach your goals. BTM: How is Oxygen Gym the gateway to a beach bod? CR: Summer is the time of year when people feel the need to be in great shape as it is beach season. Oxygen Gym is a complete fitness centre with great facilities, including a range of machines, free weights and cardio classes. We also have professional personal trainers and an abdominal centre to get those six packs you’ve been dreaming about. BTM: What myths do women and men possess about exercise? CR: Women are under the assumption that they will bulk up if they do weights. This is incorrect. They will get firm and fit. However, women do not have the same hormones or muscles to ‘bulk up’. Men, on the other hand, think that cardio is only for weight loss. Resistance training is equally, if not more, important. BTM: How often do you think people should work out? CR: Your exercise segment depends on the level you are on. Beginners could start with three 30-minute sessions per week. Those in the intermediate level can have three one-hour sessions in a week. Advanced level exercisers can hit four to

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five one-hour sessions every week. Everybody should change their routines every five to six weeks so as to challenge the body with a new training programme. It’s good to shock the body’s system. BTM: What makes Oxygen Gym stand out? CR: Firstly, we are a family-friendly gym with friendly helpful staff, qualified professional trainers, a nice ambience, a wide range of different machines and cardio equipment in addition to an abdominal centre dedicated to abs only. Oxygen Gym also has a multi-purpose room with the most up-to-date advanced flooring, offering more than 70 hours of fitness classes. These include yoga, Pilates, insanity, kombat, muay thai, taekwondo and Zumba. It is well air conditioned and bright. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi, blenders for members to make their own smoothies or protein shakes, a microwave oven, a refrigerator, a prayer room, a sauna/steam room, a lounge area, OSN show-time network cable on flatscreen TVs, free newspapers/magazines and hairdryers. You can find hygiene wipes in every corner as cleanliness is a priority at this fitness centre. We also offer dietician consultation services on the premises. Oxygen Gym is dedicated to helping you get healthy, breathe better, decrease stress, increase body strength and achieve your overall fitness goals. Over 1,000 square metres in size, it is one of the largest co-ed fitness centres in Bahrain. It is open from 6am-10pm from Saturdays to Thursdays and from 8am-4pm on Fridays. E Visit www.oxygengym.net or call 17 616-165.

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Eco-Positively Cool With the clammy summer approaching, a revolutionary new technology allows us to protect ourselves from the heat while also keeping the environment in mind.

Rouben’s Stores, the sole distributor of Sharp in Bahrain, launches the electronics giant’s newest range of air conditioners. The MHM series of split ACs are at the leading edge of environment-friendly cooling solutions. Featuring the renowned brand’s patented ‘all aluminium heat exchangers’, this unit makes it possible to have a pleasant atmosphere indoors using less energy and refrigerants. It also comes packed with a self-cleaning function that makes it a user-friendly product. “Going against the conventional design of heat exchangers, Sharp has pioneered the use of aluminium in their outdoor units, which makes them extremely energy efficient,” says Sudhirr Nagaraj, senior sales manager at Sharp Middle East FZE. Due to improved heat transfer possible through aluminium, the units are able to provide cooling results with lower energy consumption than ever before. “This also helps make the operation very quiet and makes the outdoor units lighter than conventional units, thus improving the installation and serviceability of Sharp’s new series,” he explains. In addition MHM boasts the patented PlasmaCluster Ion (PCI) technology, which is a unique air-purification method that helps create forest-fresh indoors while removing harmful and unwanted invisible particles from living spaces. PCI is unique to Sharp; the inclusion of its cleaning system in the newly launched range makes it irresistible to anyone seeking newer and more eco-friendly cooling solutions this summer. E Call 17 227-770.

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Kanoo Power Solutions And Emerson Network Power Partnership Announcement Kanoo Power Solutions, part of E.K. Kanoo Group has entered into a partnership with Emerson Network Power, and will see Kanoo Power Solutions become distributors of Emerson Network Power’s comprehensive data center portfolio, offering everything from AC and DC power to Precision Cooling and Racks. The event was held at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa

Deepak & Ayad

Mohammed & Jalal

Bashar, Cevenini & Bijan

Suyog & Deepak

Kumar, Mahesh & Gurcharan Singh

Manfred

Tassos

Mahmood

Kanoo Power Solutions & Emerson Network Power officials

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Dr Yasser Al Ali

BAHRAIN SPECIALIST HOSPITAL

Pain Relief Did you know that lower back pain is the second most common reason for people to seek medical attention?

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Lower back pain (LBP) accounts for 15 per cent of all sick leave; studies show that it is the most common cause of disability for those less than 45 years of age. The pain can happen anywhere below the ribs and above the legs, where most of the body’s weight lies. Bahrain Specialist Hospital (BSH) neurosurgery specialist and spinal surgeon Dr Yasser Al Ali explains that a common cause is lifting or twisting while holding a heavy object. “Involvement in vehicle collisions and prolonged sitting like long-distance driving can lead to the condition, among many other causes,” he says. Those that suffer from LBP and are either over the age of 50 or under the age of 20 may have cause for concern of a serious underlying condition. Dr Yasser recommends individuals who have had prolonged use of steroids, history of trauma, acute onset of urinary retentions or faecal incontinence to seek medical attention. “Patients who experience pain and have a history of cancer, unexplained weight loss, intravenous drug abuse, fever or chills should visit their doctor for a thorough diagnosis,” he suggests. The expert team at BSH pays painstaking attention to detail by investigating a patient’s history, performing physical examinations and radiological tests. The surgeon explains that conditioning exercise programmes designed to strengthen the lumbar area and adjacent tissues can help to minimise risk of

injury to the lower back. “Treatments vary depending on the precise cause. This is why we put stress on why each patient must be individually evaluated and managed in the context of the underlying background health status and activity level. It can be by surgery, medication, physical therapy or psychiatric therapy,” says Dr Yasser. For most cases, the prognosis is good and improvement usually occurs with little or no medical intervention. “In 85 per cent of cases, no specific diagnosis can be made. Relief of discomfort can be best achieved with non-prescription pain medications and/or spinal manipulation,” the doctor states. While activities may need to be modified, bed rest beyond four days may be more harmful rather than helpful; patients are encouraged to return to work on their normal daily activities as soon as possible. Dr Yasser graduated in 2002 in Damascus, Syria. He has worked at King Fahad Hospital, Hofuf and in Almana General Hospital, Al Khobar, in Saudi Arabia. At BSH, he manages spinal diseases, trauma, tumour, congenital anomalies of spine, discectomy and fixation of spine with mini invasive surgery like nucleoplasty and vertebroplasty. E Call 17 812-000.

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Hussain Al Baluchi and Sourabh Pal

CITIBANK

Growing Your Wealth Whatever your risk appetite as an investor, the wealth management team at Citibank has the right expertise to manage your portfolio.

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The ultimate concern of an investor, whether a consumer or an institutional investor, is the real value of their investments in terms of purchasing power and security. The Wealth Management team at Citibank N.A. Bahrain recommends a favourable balance between risk and return and addresses the issue of what investment strategies make sense in a challenging economic environment. Whether you are new to investments or an avid investor, your dedicated Relationship Manager and Portfolio Counsellor will pro-actively construct and review your portfolio on a periodic basis and recommend solutions based on your investment objective, risk tolerance and time horizon. The primary goal for every Relationship Manager is to assist a client in reaching their financial aims and objectives with maximum return and the least amount of risk taken. Citibank has a methodical and professional approach in assisting clients towards their financial objectives. One of the key factors, as part of this process, is undertaking an Investor Risk Profiling. Before beginning any investment relationship, Relationship Managers determine the risk appetite of an investor through fulfilment of an extensive risk profiling form. The results from the profiling place the client in one of the six Investor Risk categories: Risk Averse, Defensive, Income, Income and Growth, Growth, and Aggressive Growth. Investors with different levels of risks are more satisfied by

expectations associated with investment strategies that are better aligned with their risk appetite. This is the thumb rule in constructing a client’s investment portfolio. At this point, it is important to understand the differences in risk appetites of an investor. For example, risk-averse investors may be satisfied with a lower risk portfolio despite its lower expected returns. They must save at a higher sustained rate and consume less along the way, but their financial strategy is more safety driven. Less risk-averse or growth oriented investors may be satisfied with portfolios characterised by higher risk and higher expected returns. In relative terms, they can consume more and save at a lower rate, because they are expecting and depending upon higher asset growth. When all these factors are taken into account, along with the investor’s time horizon, the Relationship Manager and Portfolio Counsellor recommend the most suited investment portfolio whilst keeping the client’s primary investment objective in mind at all times. Citibank understands the risk of placing all your eggs in one basket, which is why, diversification plays a key role in reducing the risk in a portfolio. Taking this concept a step further, it makes logical sense that smart investors should be exposed to a number of asset classes at all times. This diversified approach may smooth out the market peaks and valleys and assist in reducing the possibility of loss due to the downfall of any one asset class.

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The concept of ‘Asset Allocation’ is a step forward in this approach towards diversifying investments. Asset allocation is central to Citi’s advisory model of wealth management and this is manifested in the recommended ‘Global Model Portfolios’. It is recommended that clients remain within their recommended asset allocation for the long term as this is based on their established risk appetite and strategic investment objectives. Citi has a wide range of funds that can be made available in each of these individual asset classes. Additionally, Citi aids in tactical decision making on investment portfolios by advising clients on a periodic basis on ‘rebalancing’ or repositioning of funds within asset classes. The tactical approach allows one to be underweight in certain asset classes based on their market movement and overweight in some other opportunistic ones. This is based on detailed research which incorporates Citi’s views on the different asset

classes (bearish or bullish). The true assessment of a Portfolio Manager’s skills is to recommend strategies that would assist in maintaining a balance between the strategic and tactical approaches that works best towards fulfilling a client’s primary investment objectives and in line with one’s ability to assume risks or volatility. Keeping all this in mind, in times where you find yourselves in an environment of economic opportunities and uncertainties, it is crucial that you embrace the principles of asset allocation in your investing behaviour. Citi’s Relationship Managers are well versed with these doctrines of portfolio management. To know more about Global Model Portfolios and to evaluate your risk profile, visit your nearest Citibank branch and speak to a Relationship Professional and/or Portfolio Counsellor.

Disclaimer: "This article does not constitute any offer or solicitation to buy or sell. Investors should refer to the relevant offering document(s) for detailed information and applicable terms and conditions prior to subscription. Investment products are not bank deposits or obligations or guaranteed by Citibank N.A., Citigroup Inc. or any of its affiliates or subsidiaries unless specifically stated. Investment products are not insured by government or governmental agencies. Investment and Treasury products are subject to Investment risk, including possible loss of principal amount invested. Past performance is not indicative of future results: prices can go up or down. Investors investing in investments and/or treasury products denominated in foreign (non-local) currency should be aware of the risk of exchange rate fluctuations that may cause loss of principal when foreign currency is

converted to the investors home currency. Investment and Treasury products are not available to U.S. persons. All applications for investments and treasury products are subject to Terms and Conditions of the individual investment and Treasury products. Customer understands that it is his/her responsibility to seek legal and/or tax advice regarding the legal and tax consequences of his/her investment transactions. If customer changes residence, citizenship, nationality, or place of work, it is his/her responsibility to understand how his/her investment transactions are affected by such change and comply with all applicable laws and regulations as and when such becomes applicable. Customer understands that Citibank does not provide legal and/or tax advice and are not responsible for advising him/her on the laws pertaining to his/her transaction.

E Call 17 588-588.

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Faces This Month From rockstars to fans enjoying the Formula One, from bikers and friends to smiling faces, this month, our photographers were in the midst of it all, capturing all the action

Members of the rock band Metallica enjoyed an after-race evening at MEISEI Restaurant in Adliya, seen here with Dr Fadhel Al Arayedh

Jameel, Mohammed & Ahmed

Subhendru, Sumana & Saustav

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Yousif

Yara, Maha & Fatima

Fadhel

Salah & Hussain

Fatima, Fatima, Fay & Aysha

Ruby, Samia & Lana

Anne

Herve & Fanny

Eva & Eva

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Spring Fun in Seef Whatever you forgot to pack this spring, you will find no problem replacing it from the lobby shop of a luxury serviced apartment in Seef because, well…it’s a mall.

At Fraser Suites Seef you should find your requirements pretty well met in your own suite, from Schönwald tableware to Bose entertainment systems. The luxury apartments’ modern look and feel extends to the public areas and makes the place best for family shopping weekends or mixing business and pleasure in an oasis of space, security and impeccable services. Fraser Suites Seef in collaboration with Seef Mall offers a real treat to its guests with the Spring Shopping Package. In addition to getting a shopping voucher of BD20 if you stay three nights, every night spent at the luxury hotel-apartment gives you two entries to the ‘Shop & Win’ draw to win up to BD20,000 in gift cards, including a mega prize of BD5,000. The promotion that started in mid-March lasts until May 25. Fraser Suites Seef is reputed to be Bahrain’s premier family destination because it provides a unique location, personalised home ambience, gold-standard services and extensive lifestyle facilities. These include a temperature-controlled outdoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, spa pools, steam room, sauna, ladies’ and gents’ hairdressing salons, an exclusive Fraser kids’ club, and a free shuttle and valet service. Seef Mall offers a highly safe and secure shopping environment with convenient, flexible parking facilities designed to accommodate a heavy traffic flow. Widely known for the entertainment services it provides, particularly for children who are occupied while their families shop, Seef Mall is an ideal destination for a family outing. E Call 17 569-333.

INTERCOL

A Cut Above Think of the biggest technology firms in the industry; now picture them joining forces to create the world’s leading tablet experience.

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Featuring the best that Lenovo, Microsoft and Intel have to offer, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 is the gizmo the world has been waiting for. It redefines business, appeasing IT managers and end users alike in one productive, mobile and reliable device. Thin and light, the product is less than 10mm in thickness and weighs 565g. With long battery life, users are always connected, with mobility and efficiency taken to a new level. You can illustrate your ideas, annotate documents or take notes with the support of applications. The optional digitiser and pen inspire expression and creativity, while enhancing productivity on the go. Powered by the latest Windows 8 OS and running new visually rich and touch-optimised Windows 8 store apps in addition to familiar multifunction desktop applications, the ThinkPad’s potential is limited only by imagination. Heighten your multimedia experience with the 10.1-inch multi-touch 1366x768 HD display, stereo speakers, HD front and rear webcams and noise-cancelling microphones. For the ‘on the run’ experience, it boasts Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. It can accommodate the needs of the usual day-to-day work routines. The full-sized USB port, miniHDMI port and MicroSD card slot allow for expansion and data transfer. The tablet includes an optional Bluetooth keyboard dock and multi-monitor support for productive workstation computing. What’s more, it is the only gadget in the market today to offer a full portfolio of enterprise-level services. Better management of multiple devices, more customisation options, higher productivity and enhanced security give you the tools you need to get things done efficiently. E Call 17 812-000.

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SEVEN LEISURE

Summer Has Begun! If there’s one thing that confirms the arrival of summer, it has got to be poolside parties. The only thing topping that is a beach party. One lounge combines both!

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Situated on the clear waters of the Arabian Gulf, Coral Bay is the ultimate place for dining, relaxation and entertainment. With a host of facilities all in one place, from Lebanese dining to a day at the beach or by the pool, as well as water sports activities, there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy. Coral Bay offers the best in Lebanese dining at Rayés. Not only does it serve the best food but it also lays claim to the ultimate location, situated on the waterfront overlooking the Marina and the Muharraq skyline. Rayés is the ideal meeting place for almost any occasion, offering a business lunch daily and live Arabian music at night. To the right of the reception area you will find the beach club, where you can lounge in the sun and take a dip in the pool or swim in the crystal clear waters of the Arabian Gulf. The beachside attracts both a young cosmopolitan crowd and families that enjoy the convenience of a kids’ pool next to the sun beds. The water sports centre offers jet skiing, water skiing, wakeboarding and much more for a very reasonable price. Highly qualified PADI instructors are available for diving courses at all levels. For qualified divers, day trips are available. The water sports centre has all the equipment, expertise and facilities needed to have a safe and enjoyable experience.

For the party addicts Karma Lounge, where food and drink is available throughout the day, is located right next to the pool and beach. Resident DJ Dave Hayes plays lounge music during the afternoons, which creates a great atmosphere. By night Karma Lounge lights up. Starting this month, the venue will host theme nights on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. With great music, a fantastic location and a great atmosphere, they are definitely not to be missed. Like Coral Bay’s Facebook page to enter competitions and stay up-to-date with all that is on offer at the beach club, water sports centre, restaurant and lounge. E Visit Facebook.com/coralbayBH.

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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 17 243-511 Konkan Singers Club

Islamic Culture

Bapco Club Dilmun Club Filipino Club Marina Club Pakistan Club The British Club The Country Club The Indian Club The Sri Lanka Club The Young Goans Club

17 753-666 17 690-926 17 262-143 17 291-527 17 258-520 17 278-245 17 593-593 17 253-157 17 231-354 3 9455-207

Bhatia Mitra Mandal Kannada Sangha Karnataka Social Club Keraleeya Samajam Shree Nayrana Cultural Shri Gujarati Samaj Tamil Social Association

3 9601-789 17 271-257 17 254-257 17 251-878 17 255-517 3 9019-462 3 9603-564

Awali Caledonian Society Bahrain Irish Society Bahrain Welsh Society Royal Society of St. George

3 6366-458 3 9800-511 3 9467-310 3 9726-329

Other Indian clubs

Other Societies

Business Associations

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

Folk Poetry Society Pakistan Urdu Literary

17 761-000 17 776-629

Al Hayat Museum Al Oraifi Museum Currency Museum National Museum Oil Museum

17 290-101 17 535-112 17 547-700 17 298-777 17 753-475

Hash House Harriers Bahrain Road Runners

17 862-620 3 6992-288

Bahrain Music Institute Classic Institute of Music Manama Singers Sar Music Centre

17 721-999 17 728-791 17 642-119 17 794-898

British Club Netball Dilmun Netball Club Filipino Club Basketball Netball Club

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

Museums

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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Mind Games

Bridge Club Bahrain Scrabble League

17 713-080 17 242-641

Dessange Health Club La Fontaine

17 713-999 17 230-123

Filipino Club Tennis Group Table Tennis Club Tennis Club The Country Club

3 9527-587 17 729-756 17 729-561 17 593-593

Pilates

Racket games

Snooker

Jimmy’s Snooker/Billiards 17 71 6-147

National Associations

Amateur Athletic Association 17 684-905 American Chamber Comm. 17 580-516 Badminton & Squash Fed. 17 292-662 Australian Association 3 9206-432 Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Bar Society 17 725-665 Endurance Federation 17 836-199 Bankers’ Society of Bahrain 17 728-003 17 741-010 Basketball Association British Business Forum 3 9651-755 Bowling Association 17 822-077 Businessmen’s Association 17 229-009 Chess Federation 17 252-133 French Business Club 17 748-999 17 650-079 Cycling Association Language Courses Disabled Sports Federation 17 789-191 Alliance Française 17 683-295 Endurance Federation 17 836-199 Berlitz 17 827-847 Football Association 17 729-563 The British Council 17 261-555 Handball Association 17 720-321 Other Associations 17 253-209 Hockey Association 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 17 825-301 Snooker Association 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 17 692-378 Ez Fit SportPlex Athletics World Beat Fitness Centre 17 612-576 Road Runners 3 6992-288

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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

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

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Art of Living Foundation

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Fitness Gyms

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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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Apr 21 – May 20 A recent move will have gone a lot better than you expected but it will really only be in May that you feel completely settled and satisfied with your situation. There have been a number of hurdles to get over to achieve this but, fortunately, you have been creative and sensible in your approach, so it will have been more gain than pain! On the family front a loved one will come to you for assistance and you should ensure you put aside the time required; it wasn’t too long ago that they were there when you needed a shoulder to cry on. Card of the Month — The World For a detailed, personalised Tarotscope reading, contact Raphael by email: raphael@tarotscope.org.uk

Gemini ­May 21 – June 20 If you’ve had a major purchase on your mind then May is likely to be the month when you finally reach into your pocket and spend that cash you’ve been saving. For some this is likely to be a big investment, so make sure you put as much thought as possible into the matter. A little careful and considered research might unearth a few hidden hurdles and save you any potential disappointment. In truth, you can make this turn out as well or as badly as you like. Be sensible and you will get a lot more enjoyment out of this matter than if you’re impetuous! Card of the Month — The Four of Coins

Cancer June 21 – July 20 No matter which way you try to look at a recent domestic dispute, it remains difficult to paint a positive picture of the current situation you find yourself embroiled in. You are not a person who likes confrontation and a partner’s insistence on not letting an argument drop is going to really end up wearing you down. One solution might just be to step away from the environment for a while and try to let him or her work out their frustrations at their own space. There could be a bigger issue lurking that will only come out with a little personal reflection. Card of the Month — The Knight of Swords

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leo July 21 – August 21 A recent injury that saw you hospitalised for a short period at the tail end of last year is set to cause you further issues this month and may prevent you from making as much progress with a project as you would have liked. It might be an idea to consider getting someone else on board to assist you. Staying with business, an investment opportunity has come your way and you are likely to be able to make a significant return if you are willing to take a bit of a gamble. Sometimes you need to take a risk for the rewards. Believe me, this will be worth it! Card of the Month — Judgement

Virgo August 22 – September 22 A job opportunity will be presented to you this month and though it might draw you away from your comfort zone, you should consider taking the plunge as it will certainly provide you with a host of career options later. Things you will need to get under check are your expectations because some of you will stray from your normal logical approach and plan your life around possibilities that are simply unachievable. If you scale down your plans for the rest of 2013 then you will not only avoid disappointment, you’ll also enjoy a much more satisfying experience! Card of the Month — The Page of Wands

Libra September 23 – October 21 You’ll have a few more reasons to be positive this May as you turn a corner in what has been a difficult couple of months. For the next few weeks at least, things are going to be more relaxed and crucially less stressful. The biggest improvement is going to be around your career, when you are presented with a wonderful opportunity to throw yourself into a new challenge that will take your life in a completely new direction. Just a word of warning; get involved and commit as much as you can because anything but your complete attention will result in failure. Card of the Month — The Two of Pentacles

Scorpio October 22 – November 21 A secret you have kept hidden may suddenly come to the fore and cause a rift with a companion. The truth will be a painful lesson to deal with and you may find yourself wishing you had never made the past error that leaves you so exposed. A foolish mistake involving a vehicle could see you having to talk your way out of a tricky situation. Just be careful you don’t leave an obvious trail for others to follow. A relative you have not seen for some time, and are restricted in some way from seeing, may also occupy your thoughts. Card of the Month — The Five of Swords

Sagittarius November 22 – December 21 Matters of health weigh heavily on the mind this month and if you have been putting back a visit to the doctor then do not put it back any longer. There is the possibility of a minor operation and you will need as much notice as you can get. A friend may turn out to be spreading gossip about you behind your back and this may lead to bitter conflict due to rumours that reach the wrong ears. If you have been contemplating any type of breakaway then follow your instincts and spend some time in your own company. It could be that a little contemplation is exactly what you need. Card of the Month — The Page of Swords

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advertisersindex Capricorn ­December 22 – January 18 May will see you reflecting on the months recently passed and perhaps slipping into a more thoughtful and self-analytical phase as you reassess your working role. It could be that you are feeling unsatisfied or even unappreciated in your job and the need for a more challenging role forces you to take steps towards a change. Use the skills that are at your disposal and assess your strengths. You may be surprised to discover that you have a few more talents than you were aware of and utilising such abilities could result in significant financial rewards. The 17th sees a call from a friend seeking help. But don’t be taken in by crocodile tears or you might regret it. Card of the Month — Justice

Aquarius ­January 19 – ­February 20 For the last few weeks you may have been feeling under the weather and the strain of family matters may be wearing heavily upon you. You need to reassess your role and ignore the guilt others are trying to impress upon you. If the need arises, a breakaway from your environment — even for a few days — will do you a great deal of good. Matters financial will see you applying for a loan, perhaps to purchase a new car, but shop around because the first thing you come across will not be the one to go for. The 7th may see you paying a visit to the hospital, but not for yourself. Card of the Month — The King of Pentacles

pisces February 21 – March 20 The time for being afraid of taking a chance has to be put behind you if you are ever to make any headway in your life and attain the success you crave, both at work and in a relationship. Where career is concerned you need to learn to speak your mind and the ideal opportunity will present itself to you in the second week of May; so do not run from the chance to make your mark. Missing out will see you having to wait a long time before you do so again. On the relationship front you might need to reconsider a long-term partnership that has lost a little sparkle. Card of the Month — Temperance

Aries March 21 – April 20 After a stop-start, slightly hampered April, you’ll be pleased to know that May is going to be a much more effective month for your sign. You will be celebrating a great number of successes in the workplace as well as enjoying significant progress in the pursuit of your personal career development. The efforts from months gone by are really showing a return and that is going to keep you in good spirits for the coming weeks. The only note of concern could be over the health of a loved one, but the general omens are good for the long term so try not to worry too much. Card of the Month — The Magician

Ajmal Perfumes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11,19 Alosra Supermarket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Amwaj Marina Biathlon . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Bahrain City Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Bahrain Science Center . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Bear Hunt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Coral Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IBC Dream Body Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Gulf Interiors Exhibition . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Gulf Property Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Intercol (Lenovo) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Juffair Fitness Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Lulu Hypermarket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 National Photo Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Oxygen Gym . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Picture Arabia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Primedia International . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Public Administration Congress . . . . . . . 77 Radio Bahrain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 Roubens Store (Sharp) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Seef Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Yateem Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123

Financial Institutions Bahrain Development Bank . . . . . . . . . . 94 Citibank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 United Bank Limited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

Home & Furnishings BoConcept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Phoenicia Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Roche Bobois . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 The Closets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Hotels & Luxury Apartments Crowne Plaza Bahrain Hotel . . . . . . . . . 103 Fraser Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Golden Tulip Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Pars International Hotel . . . . . . . . .101,151 Ramada Hotel Bahrain . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Ramee International Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Ramee Palace Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel. . . . . . 97 The K Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

Jewellery & Watches Asia Jewellers (CORUM) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Sharif Group (Smalto) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Medical & Dental Services Bahrain Specialist Hospital . . . . . . . . . . 29

Motoring Ahmed Zayani & Sons (Dodge). . . . . . . . 47 Al Haddad Motors (Mercedes-Benz) . . . 41 Almoayyed Motors (Ford) . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Ebrahim K Kanoo (Toyota) . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Euro Motors (BMW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BC First Motors (Hyundai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Y. K. Almoayyed & Sons (Nissan) . . . . . . 35 Zayani Motors (Mitsubishi). . . . . . . . . . . 63

Restaurants & Cafés Aroma Café & Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Avanti Café & Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Block 338 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Caribou Coffee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Casa Mexicana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Costa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Cucina Italiana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Friends Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134 Gloria Jean’s Coffee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Lanterns Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Paul Bakery & Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . 133 Silk Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 The Plaza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131

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Dinner for One JAMES CLAIRE Schizophrenics never dine alone? Or do they? Who said that!

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I have travelled solo for many years and have no problem dining alone in a restaurant. This is much to the chagrin of many of my friends who see solo diners as a sad breed of loners and singles out to chat up or be chatted to. French philosopher Jean Baudrillard once stated, “Sadder than destitution, sadder than a beggar is the man who eats alone in public. Nothing more contradicts the laws of man or beast; for animals always do each other the honour of sharing or disputing each other's food.” I just don’t agree. The only downside to dinner for one is that it’s difficult not to look like an absolute pig! I hate eating a single appetiser; there are too many to select just one from the list. I tend to prefer the appetiser sampler, a selection of everything for a medium price.

But add an appetiser platter to the main meal, several liquid libations and dessert … well let’s just say it’s easier dining in a group situation so that the number of plates evens out across the crowd. Otherwise it tends to look like I empty the kitchen of dishes all by myself. In the ‘80s when I cooked in Europe, a solitary diner sent seismic ripples through the establishment. Was this a Michelin inspector? Could this be a Tribune, Age or any other Fleet Street food aficionado who sought fame via admonishments of our cuisine? In this part of the world, no such thing exists. Nobody dares to critique food. No one would print it even if you did. Newsprint column-inches and magazine pages are based solely on advertising revenue. Tiny island, tiny market; no one can afford to upset potential advertisers with something so ludicrous as the truth. And so the only solo sitters in most restaurants are those either awaiting their companions to arrive or those poor unfortunates who are truly single. I am neither poor nor unfortunate nor single; I’m just on a lifelong sabbatical from relationships! Plus, I enjoy dining with those I like! To dine, to eat, to reflect, to view the world without the necessity of conversation and to never have to share my meal, that’s perfection! I stopped having lunch with the three musketeers at work because, as I told our leader, Porthos, “It’s not the food, it’s the garbage spoken that gives me indigestion.” And in a restaurant I don’t need someone counting calories on my behalf, or the number of libations I have imbibed. I’m 40, not four; I don’t need to be fed any more. Well, not for a few years anyway! I’m getting too old to talk, concentrate and eat at the same time. I just want to get lost inside a large, sopping burger and fries, without the need to converse. Dining on a deck above a busy street, awaiting my meal and sitting by myself, liquid libations to one side, basket of corn chips to the other, a group of four guys and five girls felt compelled to ask solo diner — moi — to join their ranks. I declined. They insisted! I smiled, and waved them away! Why is it that groups empathise with single diners? If we look sad, leave us alone. But just because we’re alone, don’t think we are sad! How am I supposed to sit there by myself, smiling like a Cheshire cat? That would be weird! I was content with my friends, the pen and pad, mind and body — they complete me! Eventually I heard someone mumble, ‘grumpy this’, ‘miserable that’. I was going to respond. But just then my salad, fajitas, fajita pancakes, side of fries and the chocolate cake for dessert all arrived at the same time. I felt like a member of the royal elite in the days of King Louis XIV at the Palace of Versailles. It was a grand buffet for thousands and only one invited. The group sitting across from me were sharing one appetiser platter among the nine of them and then their solitary main courses arrived with no side dishes. They looked so hungry when they left, I’m sure they all went through the drive-thru on the way home. So, you see, unlike some people who feel sorry solo diners, it just goes to show eating alone can have its rewards.

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