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YOUR GUIDE TO A GREAT WAY OF LIFE

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Happenings

• Bahrain International Music Festival • Trib Fest • Kingdom’s First Jazz Fest • Melodika • IGN Convention • French Piano Wizard • Think Pink Events

All That Jazz

Manuel Rocheman in Bahrain

Interviews

• Concert: Dock in Absolute

- Richard Rooze New Director of British Council - Dr Farzana Alsayed

Consultant Neurologist on Rehabilitation Services

Germany in Bahrain Celebrating Unity Day

- Loewi Schils Boy Genius

October 2017 ~ Vol. 21 ~ Issue 10

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Issue 242

Contents October 2017 HAPPENINGS

Bahrain This Month previews events happening around town during the month of October 2017: 16

Think Pink Events

A round-up of activities in support of breast cancer awareness. 18

16

Oriental Entertainment

A performance by the South China Song and Dance Ensemble. 20 Say

Om

Strike a yoga pose under the full moon. 22 Smooth

Rhythms

Bahrain’s first international jazz festival featuring various artists. 24 A

Merry Afternoon

26 A

Tribute to Music

Attend a garden party to support a good cause. The 26th Bahrain International Music Festival returns. 28 Gaming

Gala

Get your game face on for the IGN Convention.

20

24

30 Dance

Fiesta

Salsa de Bahrain celebrates its seventh anniversary.

AFTER DARK 32 Beautiful

Sounds

Sean Kingston performs live at Coral Bay. 33 Fashion

Superheroes

Enjoy an extravagant Halloween bash at Bushido. 34 Friday

Fright Night

Sofitel Bahrain offers a spook-tacular experience.

33

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INTERVIEWS 36 Breaking the Language Barrier

Richard Rooze talks education at the British Council.

38

Offering Specialised Care

Dr Farzana Al Sayed on the need for dedicated rehabilitation services.

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58 Bystander This month’s Bystander pages captured the Change of Command ceremony hosted by the US Naval Forces Central Command, the farewell party for the outgoing French Ambassador and a reception for the new director of the British Council. Our snappers were also seen at various other functions and soirées around town.

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Boss of the Bay

New GM Mohamed Ftouni shares his plans for Coral Bay Resort.

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Boy Genius

Loewi Schils chats about his latest initiative to save marine life.

FEATURES Germany in Bahrain 45-56

A special supplement celebrating bilateral relations between Germany and Bahrain.

Fashion Feature 58-59

BTM brings the latest Autumn Winter 2017 fashion trends.

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Contents October 2017 Motoring

60-61

A Drive to Remember

Charlie Holding test drives Volvo’s premium SUV in scenic Turkey. 62-63 The

61

Custom Connection

BMW Individual makes bespoke motoring masterpieces. 64-65 Motoring

News and Launches

BTM brings you the latest news from the motoring world on the island.

Downtime

66-67 Gadgets: The newest gizmos in town 68 Music: Top Tunes

69 Computer Games: The hot games of the month 70 Websites: The coolest sites on the web 71 Apps: Essential apps 72 Movies: New releases

Italy on a Plate 74-75

A summary of the best Italian dining options on the island.

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Ready, Set, Cook!

The exciting competition for amateur chefs returns at Cucina Italiana.

Dining 77

Opa!

Behnaz Sanjana reviews the new Greek restaurant in Adliya. 78

Pink October

Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay in support of breast cancer awareness. 80

Meat Treat

Le Sauvage at The Domain promises a gastronomic voyage. 81

Best of Both Worlds

Sample North and South Indian delicacies at Delmon International Hotel.

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New Kid on the Block

Newly opened Patio offers a laid-back experience for the senses. 84

Enjoy a Jovial Feast

The Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa celebrates Indian festivities. 85

Tantalise Your Taste Buds

Enjoy your mealtimes at Kolors restaurant. 86

Fit Fare

Atiram Premier’s Wembley has a new healthy menu. 88-89

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Table Hopping

Showcase

What’s New: Must-have products 91-106 Marketplace: Latest products and services 107 Business Bites 90

Regulars

110 Tarotscope 111 AD Index 112 WIN WIN

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YOUR GUIDE TO A GREAT WAY OF LIFE

www.bahrainthismonth.com

Happenings

• Bahrain International Music Festival • Trib Fest • Kingdom’s First Jazz Fest • Melodika • IGN Convention • French Piano Wizard • Think Pink Events

All That Jazz

Manuel Rocheman in Bahrain

Interviews

• Concert: Dock in Absolute

- Richard Rooze

New Director of British Council

- Dr Farzana Alsayed

Consultant Neurologist on Rehabilitation Services

Germany in Bahrain Celebrating Unity Day

- Loewi Schils Boy Genius

October 2017 ~ Vol. 21 ~ Issue 10

Arts

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Welcome to October, the month when we celebrate all things German – Unity Day, various Oktoberfests and our special Germany in Bahrain supplement including interviews with German Ambassador, HE Alfred Simms-Protz, and businesswoman Birgit Hobaugh, who has made it her mission to help Bahrainis access German medical expertise and introduce her countrymen to the island’s charms. October is the also the month when we notice a significant change in the weather – temperatures are cooling down and the outdoor social scene is heating up with multiple festivals to look forward to. There’s the first Bahrain Jazz Fest; Melodika at Al Dar; Trib Fest at Bahrain Rugby Football Club; the return of the annual Bahrain International Music Festival with numerous global acts coming in; two jazz concerts and a tango performance organised by Alliance Française Bahrain; and a celebratory salsa carnival at Hawar. Find details of these and lots of other fun events in our extensive happenings section, which is updated throughout the month at barhainthismonth.com In our interview section we hear from: Richard Rooze, the new man in charge at the British Council; Dr Farzana Al Sayed, an internationally recognised neurologist, who is one of the driving forces behind a planned new rehabilitation facility for the island; and teen ecologist Loewi Schils, the 17-year-old activist who has launched a marine group, MOSLA (Make Our Seas Live Again), which aims to make the most of one of the island’s most precious resources. In the motoring section, our lucky motoring correspondent takes a trip to Turkey to get acquainted with the latest offering from Volvo. And, in eating out, we’ve sampled the delights of both Attic and the new carnivore menu at Le Sauvage at The Domain – check out the dining section to see what we thought. Also in dining, we take a look at the Kingdom’s Italian restaurant scene, from the established favourites to new eateries just begging to be tried, and we’ve got our regular round-up of news and offers in Table Hopping. Elsewhere you’ll find lots of motoring and business news plus our round-up of the latest Autumn-Winter fashion trends, and the best things to do, see, try and buy from the worlds of gaming, films, music and more. However you plan to enjoy the cooler weather, make sure to take Bahrain This Month along for your guide to a great way of life.

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bystander

Ambassador’s Farewell

Dalia

A farewell party was held for HE Bernard Régnauld-Fabre, outgoing French Ambassador.

Pitrat, Fabregas & Patrice

Anthony, HE Bernard Régnauld-Fabre, Vincent & Christian

Isabelle & HE Bernard Régnauld-Fabre Waleed Al Rayes & Mahar Al Musallah

Vanessa, Waleed Kanoo & David

Luncheon Meeting

Fawaz & Pauline

Kim

PP A Nabi

Hameed, Ali, Rahim & Veera

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Lacheret, HE Bernard Régnauld-Fabre & Coste

The Rotary Club of Manama held a luncheon meeting featuring guest speaker, HE Simon Martin, British Ambassador.

Bob, Waleed Al Rayes, Raj Damani, HE Simon Martin, Paula & Mazin Alumran

Weriel & Abdulla

Anne, George & Gabrielle

Kareena & Faisal

Ali, HE Simon Martin & Dawani

Ann & Khalid

Khalid, Simon & Rupert

Marwa & Fatima

Shaikh Khalid Al Khalifa

Fareed, Bob & Mazin Alumran

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Back to School Launch Al Rashid Group held a Back to School campaign launch at Centrepoint, City Centre Bahrain. Young models at the event

Hanan, Kaizad & Kunal

Christine, Sofia & Salim

Shumalan, Liz, Kaizad & Behnaz

Sunil, Shumalan & Harmeet

Jessica & Ace

Desiree, Sherifa & Kaylie

Nishtha, Rafiq & Sumesh

Zaina & Ahmed

Management and staff at the event

InterNations Event

InterNations Manama held a social gathering at Meisei restaurant.

Hanan, Leo, Karam & Gopan

Emre & Alex

Emre, Alex, Leo & Rolend

Nicole & Hanan

Stephen, Kostas, George & Vadim

Syed, Berna & Theresa

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bystander

Laine, Deborah & Majeda

Mark

Deborah, Namrata & Pooja

Juner

Abraaj Restaurants Group launched OTTO Restaurant Opening Alat Hamala Hills. Avinash, Majeda, Hamad & Deborah

Faisal, George, Hamad & Abdulla

Nidal Abou Ltaif

Adriane, Denver & Lourdes

Noura & John Kilmartin

Chef Lucca & Abdulla

Jaison, Anoop & Trinny

Avaya International & EDB Opening

ceremony for Avaya International’s new office in Bahrain, held at the Capital Club in Bahrain Financial Harbour. HE Khalid Al Rumaihi

Rashid AlMadani, Ebrahim AlMadani & Tariq Kazim

Mohamed Hassan, Salman Abdulla & Fadi Hani

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Sam Sarrat

Giridhar, Hugh & Hussaini

Wajdi Al Jallad, Tom Gilbert, Naden Almoayyed & Dr Riyad Hamza

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bystander

HE Alfonso A Ver & HE Javed Malik Khalid Almoayyed & HE Dhafer Alumran

Change of Command Ceremony

The US Naval Central Command hosted a change of command ceremony at Naval Support Activity Bahrain. Vice Adm John C Aquilino relieved Vice Adm Kevin M Donegan as commander of naval forces in the central command area of responsibility. Vice Adm Kevin M Donegan, HE William Roebuck & Vice Adm John C Aquilino

Sera, Nabeel & Suzanne

Erik

HE Agus Salim Haji Yusof & Wani

Pasquale & Richard

Keystee, Jake, Rear Adm Paul Schlise & Zoe

Vice Adm Kevin M Donegan & Sameer Nass

General Joseph L Votel

Vice Adm Kevin M Donegan & Mohamed Kooheji

HE Hatun Demirer & Ibrahim Assaf

Vice Adm John C Aquilino & Ahmed Jawahari

John, Larry, Michael, Marty & Jons

Gulf Hotel hosted the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner The dinner at Rasoi by Vineet. Charbel, Frank, Rahim, Jaifur, Hameed & Raed

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Jaifur, Marie & Ingo

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October 2017. HAPPENINGS THINK PINK EVENTS MOVE FOR PINK When? October 6 Event? All Women Aquathlon Venue? Zallaq

Held in collaboration with Think Pink, the Bahrain Triathlon Association will be organising the first ever All Women Aquathlon in the Kingdom. The event is designed for participants over 16 years of age and will take place at the Ministry of Education’s Scout Camp in Zallaq at 7am on the day. The race combines a 100m swim followed by a 3km run. The swim route will have the support of kayaks and lifeguards for safety purposes, and to guide participants along the way. Part of the proceeds will go to Think Pink, in appreciation of its efforts to raise breast cancer awareness. Call 77 713-777.

GOLF FOR PINK When? October 8 Event? 100-hole Challenge Venue? Royal Golf Club

In honour of breast cancer awareness, four golfers of the Royal Golf Club in Bahrain will be taking on the 100-hole challenge. The event tees off at 4.30am on the day and will continue till 7.30pm. Nikki Hunter, Rob Lane, Ben Stimson and Philip Waine will all complete 100 holes of golf in one day. Speculation competitions will take place during the event, which will be announced closer to the date for golfers to enter. Guests can enjoy a special Happy Hour in the members lounge after the event to announce winners and the amount raised. Call 17 750-777. 16 October 2017

PEDAL FOR PINK When? October 7 Event? Pedal 4 Pink Venue? The Westin, Bahrain City Centre

Team Bahrain Merida invites everyone, from committed bikers to recreational cyclists, to join a ride for Think Pink raising cash and awareness for breast cancer. There will be two group rides, one leaving at 7am to cover 60km and the second departing at 7.05am covering 40km. There’ll be coffee before and a full breakfast served after the ride, as well as a raffle with great prizes, including flights to Europe, a round trip flight for two to Europe in premium economy class, Westin vouchers for a stay, UFC gym membership and Bahrain Merida merchandise. Tickets start at BD5 and registration is recommended. www.cyclesafebahrain.com

RIDE FOR PINK When? October 21 and October 28 Event? Pink Pony Day and Annual Horse Parade Venue? Muharraq The Muharraq Horse Riding (MHR) School, in collaboration with Think Pink, will be hosting Pink Pony Day for children aged four to 14 at the school premises. The event will take place on October 21, from 4pm-7pm, and will cost BD3 per child. The evening activities include horse grooming, riding, games and loads of fun for little ones. There will also be a Pink Bazaar at the venue. On October 28, the Annual Horse Parade will be held at the same venue in support of breast cancer awareness. Registration for the event has already begun at the MHR School, and costs BD8 per person. The parade starts at 3pm on the day and ends at 6pm. Water will be provided to participants. Call 39 858-770 or 33 090-088. www.bahrainthismonth.com


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BOWL FOR A CAUSE When? Ongoing–October 7 Event? Late Abbas Haji Bowling Tournament Venue? Funland Centre

SPORT VIA THE LENS When? Ongoing–October 14 Event? Objectif Sport – Perspectives on Sport Venue? Gallery 21

When? Ongoing–October 7 Event? Late Abbas Haji Bowling Tournament Venue? Funland Centre E Call 17 292-313. When? Ongoing–October 14 Event? Objectif Sport - Perspectives on Sport Venue? Gallery 21 E Call 17 683-295. When? Ongoing–October 22 Event? Exhibition: The Artist Venue? Al Riwaq Art Space E Call 17 717-441.

A bowling tournament is being held for Bahrain national team bowler, Abbas Haji, who passed away a few months ago after a long-fought battle with cancer. All proceeds will be going to Abbas’s family. (He leaves behind a wife and two teenage children.) Everyone is welcome to participate, including people with no bowling experience. Prizes worth BD3,500 are to be given away. Registration charges are BD5. The competition has five rounds, with the first round costing BD5 to enter, the second BD6, and subsequent rounds are free. Call 17 292-313.

This is a photography exhibition featuring the work of over 30 non-professional photography competition participants, organised by Alliance Française, Paris. The exhibition captures facets of sport around the world – team spirit, emotional drive and cultural contrasts – which are common sentiments. The exhibition is on from midday to 8pm every day and entry is free for all. Call 17 683-295.

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When? Ongoing–October 22 Event? Exhibition: The Artist Venue? Al Riwaq Art Space

When? October 3 Event? Orange Sea Breeze: South China Song and Dance Ensemble Venue? Cultural Hall

Al Riwaq Art Space is proud to present ‘The Artist’ – an exhibition by a group of 11 emerging and established artists. It is meant to be a reflection of the unique characteristics, individualities and identities that define each artist. They will present different mediums of art including sketches, photography, installations and paintings to showcase their talents and what inspires them to create their work. The show will take the audience on a journey through the artist’s mind to explore and celebrate the creative differences found in our art community. Call 17-717-44. 18 October 2017

When? October 3 Event? Orange Sea Breeze: South China Song and Dance Ensemble Venue? Cultural Hall E Visit www.culture.gov.bh When? October 4 Event? The Enchanting Harmonica Music: Hong Kong Harmonica Association Orchestra Venue? Cultural Hall E Visit www.culture.gov.bh When? October 5 Event? Luminescent and Xin Xiang: Passoverdance Venue? Cultural Hall E Visit www.culture.gov.bh When? October 5 Event? Yoga Under the Full Moon Venue? Cultural hall E WhatsApp 35 076-789. When? October 6 Event? An Evening with David Campese Venue? Bahrain Rugby Football Club E Call 17 695-809. When? October 6 Event? Bahrain Jazz Fest Venue? Royal Golf Club E Call 17 750-777.

South China Song and Dance Ensemble was established in 1953 directly affiliated to the Department of Culture of Guangdong Province. Over 60 years since founding, they have created and performed a large number of excellent stage art works that have taken the fancy of domestic and foreign audiences. As cultural envoys of China, South China Song and Dance Ensemble have been to more than 60 countries for friendly visits and performances, and will be part of the Kingdom’s Chinese Cultural Days. The event will start at 8pm and last for 70 minutes. Admission is free. Minimum age for entry is six years. Visit www.culture.gov.bh

When? October 6 Event? Melodika Festival Venue? Al Dar Islands E Call 66 767-375. When? October 6 Event? All Women Aquathlon Venue? Zallaq E Call 77 713-777. When? October 7 Event? Pedal 4 Pink Venue? The Westin, Bahrain City Centre E Visit www.cyclesafebahrain.com

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MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA When? October 4 Event? The Enchanting Harmonica Music: Hong Kong Harmonica Association Orchestra Venue? Cultural Hall

As part of Bahrain’s Chinese Cultural Days, international award-winning musicians from the Hong Kong Harmonica Association will present a wonderful evening of enchanting harmonica music. The concert will embrace traditional Chinese music, Hong Kong Canto-Pop music and original harmonica compositions by elite Hong Kong composers. Items include the Butterfly Lovers Story, Voices of the Mountain and May Consolation. The performance will include various combinations ranging from solo to duet, ensemble and orchestra, which will give the audience a remarkable music journey. The show starts at 8pm and last for 90 minutes. Admission is free. Minimum age for entry is six years. Visit www.culture.gov.bh

CONTEMPORARY CHINESE DANCE When? October 5 Event? Luminescent and Xin Xiang: Passoverdance Venue? Cultural Hall Passoverdance is a dance organisation dedicated to fostering and developing dance in Hong Kong. The modern dance programme is a double-bill, consisting of two dance pieces: Luminescent and Xin Xiang. Luminescent is about the beauty of companionship, while the concept behind Xin Xiang is related to a traditional Chinese image. The choreography of this show is inspired by the painting of Wu Guanzhong as well as a Chinese ‘Ink Plum Blossoms’ poetry. The performance starts at 8pm and last for 70 minutes. Admission is free. Minimum age for entry is six years. Visit www.culture.gov.bh 20 October 2017

SAY OM When? October 5 Event? Yoga under the Full Moon Venue? Saar Tranquila Yoga Bahrain invites you to celebrate the full moon this month in the open air with a soft and flowing yoga sequence taught by Amelia, some salutations to the moon and a short meditation. This is followed by chilling out by the pool and swimming if you wish. It’s a great chance to meet new people, catch up with old friends, and have some complimentary snacks and drinks. The class is suitable for all levels, and costs BD5 per person. Students pay BD3, while kids participate for free. It is recommended that you bring water and a yoga mat. RSVP to Amelia for the location. Whatsapp 35 076-789.

ALL ABOUT RUGBY When? October 6 Event? An Evening with David Campese Venue? Bahrain Rugby Football Club The Australian rugby union playing legend David Campese, also known as Campo, was capped by the Wallabies 101 times and held the world record for the most tries in test matches (64) until 2006. He is said to be one of the most entertaining players ever to take to the field. As a public speaker, his appearances are always great fun and engaging and he comes to the island’s home of rugby for a special night with proceeds going to the Bill McLaren Foundation, which works to support the development of rugby and its values. Tickets are BD25 for members and BD30 for non-members, available from the club reception. Call 17 695-809. www.bahrainthismonth.com


bystander

Mariam, Azhar & Hamza

Nada & Noor

Restaurant Launch

The Cacao Lounge & Restaurant was launched at RUW Corner, Riffa. Anne, Behnaz, Abdul Wahed & George

Lillian, Jibu & Janu

Hameed, Hassan, Ali & Faisal

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Abdulla, Hala & Shreya

Farah & Reem

Khalid, Amal & Khalil

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SMOOTH RHYTHMS When? October 6 Event? Bahrain Jazz Fest Venue? Royal Golf Club This is the Kingdom’s first international jazz festival, showcasing exciting artists from around the world and Bahrain. An open air familyfriendly event, it will feature the vibrant sounds of jazz, blues, swing, gypsy jazz, ska and electro. The performers confirmed are: Electric Swing Circus (UK), The Ska Vengers (India), Swing Zazou (UK), The Speakeasies Swing Band (Greece), Dihann Moore & The SheGroovee Band (USA), and with AQ’s Jazz Experience, Mohammed Rashid Trio featuring Banah and Captain Tea (all from Bahrain). Tickets are BD20 for adults and BD10 for kids, available from virginmegastore.me Call 17 750-777.

A MELODIOUS TIME When? October 6 Event? Melodika Festival Venue? Al Dar Islands

LAUGH ALONG When? October 7 and 21 Event? The Improvables Venue? Café Amsterdam The Manama Theatre Club, a community of amateur drama enthusiasts, presents The Improvables at Café Amsterdam in Adliya. The show is based on theatre sports, a form of improvisational theatre which uses the concept of competition for dramatic effect. Opposing teams perform scenes based on audience suggestions with a panel of judges providing ratings. It was originally developed by director Keith Johnstone in Calgary, Alberta, in 1977. The TV adaptations can now be seen in popular shows, such as Who’s Line Is It Anyway? and Drew Carey’s ImprovA-Ganza. The show is free for diners of the restaurant and starts at 8pm on both days. Call 17 007-404.

HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT When? October 11–May 30, 2018 Event? The Seals: Hallmark of Dilmun and its Hidden Art Venue? Bahrain National Museum

Melodika Festival is back, with synth melodies and bright lights. From the land of the rising sun, to the island of the setting sun, headlining the event and debuting for the first time in Bahrain is the charismatic duo Drunken Kong, who will give a glimpse of Tokyo’s magical techno scene. The second headliner comes all the way from Amsterdam, The Netherlands — the highly acclaimed techno powerhouse, Steve Mulder noted by DJMag’s Top 100 Poll as “one of the most exciting new DJs and producers out of Holland”. There are also plenty of leading local artists, includig Fawazo, YoFo, Ali B, Kayan, HSE and Sandra Knight. Local designers will be showcasing their crafts and there’ll be plenty of great food and fresh fruit for a fabulous experience, from 1pm to the early hours. Early bird tickets are BD20 until October 4, or BD25 on the day. Make sure to bring identification, as required by the Coast Guard. Call 66 767-375. 22 October 2017

This exhibition draws on the permanent collection of the Bahrain National Museum in addition to highlights from the National Museum of Kuwait and illustrates an exceptional selection of seals spanning the third and second millennia BCE. The display examines the use, techniques, diversity and splendour of the Dilmun seals. Hardly bigger than a few centimetres, the seals were a main administrative tool used to organise trade. Their distinctive form, engravings and use of local material reveal valuable insight into the structure of the Dilmun society and the prevailing sociocultural conditions. Visit www.culture.gov.bh

When? October 7 and 21 Event? The Improvables Venue? Café Amsterdam E Call 17 007-404. When? October 8 Event? 100-hole challenge Venue? Royal Golf Club E Call 17 750-777. When? October 9 Event? Bahrain Writers’ Circle Monthly Meeting Venue? Umami Restaurant, Adliya Get together for a literary evening and meet like-minded people at 7.30pm. E Call 17 365-212. When? October 10 Event? Bahrain Writers’ Poetry Circle Meeting Venue? Umami Restaurant, Adliya Enjoy an evening discussing and reciting poetry with fellow enthusiasts at 7.30pm. E Call 17 365-212. When? October 11–13 Event? Museums in Arabia Conference Venue? Bahrain National Museum E Visit www.culture.gov.bh When? October 11–May 30, 2018 Event? The Seals: Hallmark of Dilmun and its Hidden Art Venue? Bahrain National Museum E Visit www.culture.gov.bh When? October 12 Event? Concerts at The Domain Venue? Le Sauvage and Le Domain [34] E Call 16 000-000. When? October 13 Event? Garden Party & Sale Venue? Dogfather’s Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre E Call 39 629-889. When? October 14 Event? Enkiru and I Venue? Bahrain National Museum Kids aged 10-14 join Enkiru for a fun time around the museum, followed by painting from 4pm–5pm. E Pre-register on www.culture. gov.bh When? October 16 Event? Jazz Trio Venue? Sheikh Ibrahim Center, Muharraq E Call 17 683-295 or email events@afbahrain.com

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PROFESSIONAL CONVENTION When? October 11–13 Event? Museums in Arabia Conference Venue? Bahrain National Museum

A MERRY AFTERNOON When? October 13 Event? Garden Party & Sale Venue? Dogfather’s Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre

When? October 16 Event? Bahrain Writers’ Creative Workshop Venue? Umami Restaurant, Adliya Hone your creative writing skills with this interesting workshop at 7.30pm. E Call 17 365-212. When? October 17 Event? Movie Night: Flamenco Flamenco Venue? La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art E Call 17 230-123, email info@ lafontaineartcentre.net or visit www.lafontaineartcentre.net

In line with its ‘Our Year of Archaeology’ cultural programming, the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities supports and hosts the third iteration of the Museums in Arabia series. It is organised by Dr Sarina Wakefield, Adjunct Faculty, College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, Zayed University, UAE, and Professor Dr Laila Prager, University of Hamburg, Germany, who is currently Senior Research Fellow at New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE. A host of museum professionals will convene in Manama to discuss emerging key issues in museum practice and to engage more specifically with how artistic and aesthetic practices and productions (in the broadest sense) are employed within museums, galleries, heritage events and urban planning in the Arabian Peninsula. Visit www.culture.gov.bh

CLASSICAL TUNES When? October 12 Event? Concerts at The Domain Venue? Le Sauvage and Le Domain [34]

The last Garden Party & Sale was so much fun and such a success that it’s back by popular demand. Get ready for live music, a BBQ, some delicious vegan food and drinks. You can also shop around for winter and the upcoming holiday season at the yard sale. The event starts at 11am and ends at 3pm. Entry is free. All proceeds go directly towards the running of the centre. Please share and RSVP on the Facebook page by clicking ‘Going’ so that adequate arrangements for food and drinks can be made for everyone. Call 39 629-889.

JAZZ IT UP When? October 16 Event? Jazz Trio Venue? Sheikh Ibrahim Center, Muharraq

When? October 17 Event? Le Café des Images (Movie Evening) Venue? Alliance Française Bahrain, Isa Town Enjoy Bahraini film Zainab and French movie L’EffetAquatique (The Together Project), free of cost for members, starting 7pm. Non-members pay BD2. E Call 17 683-295 or emailevents@afbahrain.com When? October 17–May 2018, Every Tuesday Event? Parent and Toddler Days Venue? Al Azizia Birds Kingdom, Amwaj Islands E Call 16 030-597. When? October 19 Event? Art Exhibition: The Breath of Poetry Venue? La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art E Call 17 230-123, email info@ lafontaineartcentre.net or visit www.lafontaineartcentre.net When? October 19 Event? Night of Arabic Classic Films Venue? Bahrain Fort Museum E Visit www.culture.gov.bh When? October 19-28 Event? Bahrain International Music Festival Venue? Various Locations E Visit www.culture.gov.bh

In this third edition of the concerts, you’ll be transported to a world steeped in classical British history amidst a sky of glittering stars with operatic singer Erika Nottingham Rawles and concert pianist Michelle Miles. The show is followed by a three-course dinner at Le Sauvage. Tickets including dinner and welcome drink are BD30++. Call 16 000-000. 24 October 2017

French piano wizard Manuel Rocheman has been playing his beautiful and timeless music all around the world. He is a regular performer at famous Parisian jazz clubs: Duc des Lombards and Le Baiser Salé. He has been invited to the island by Alliance Française Bahrain, and will be mainly performing his latest album misTeRIO, which was released in 2016. Entry is free for all. The performance starts at 8pm. Call 17 683-295 or email events@afbahrain.com

When? October 20 Event? Trib Fest Venue? Bahrain Rugby Football Club E Call 17 695-809. When? October 20 Event? IGN Convention Venue? Bahrain International Circuit E Visitwww.ignconvention.com

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RHYTHM AND MELODY When? October 17 Event? Movie Night Venue? La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art Take a look at the history and traditions of Spanish folk music and dance with the screening of Flamenco Flamenco. The film depicts an evolutionary musical journey through the light, song and dance of a dynamic and alive art form. It is directed by legendary Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura and beautifully photographed by famous Academy Award-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. Showcasing a powerful new Flamenco through dazzling musical and dance performances by emerging talents and the greatest living Flamenco masters, this unique musical odyssey reaches beyond the borders of Spanish culture towards a universal artistic expression. The screening starts at 7pm. Priced at BD10+, the ticket’s value can be used as credit at the restaurant (which starts serving from 6pm) on the same evening. Call 17 230-123, email info@lafontaineartcentre.net or visit www.lafontaineartcentre.net

LET’S GO BIRD WATCHING When? October 17–May 2018, Every Tuesday Event? Parent and Toddler Days Venue? Al Azizia Birds Kingdom, Amwaj Islands

BRINGING VERSES TO LIFE When? October 19 Event? Art Exhibition: The Breath of Poetry Venue? La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art Taking inspiration from Eastern and Western poets, writers and philosophers, and her own writing, Pakistan-born artist Simeen Farhat will be showcasing her artwork through an exhibition titled The Breath of Poetry. Her late father, who was quite well versed in Urdu, Farsi and English, and with a fanatic love for Ghalib’s poetry, played a tremendous role in shaping Simeen’s current body of work. Some of her major solo shows have been in New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, London, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Bahrain, Kuwait and Karachi. She has also participated in important group shows in Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Turkey and Lebanon, as well as in many important art fairs. All art pieces are up for sale and 20 per cent of the proceeds will go to Think Foundation (www.thinkinc. me, www.thinkincfoundation.org). The opening will be held from 6pm, followed by dinner and a jazz performance by three musicians, Franky Flowerz (saxophone), Ronald (keyboard) and Jason (guitar), from 8pm. Tickets are priced at BD30+, with a 10 per cent discount if purchased before October 10. Call 17 230-123, email info@lafontaineartcentre.net or visit www.lafontaineartcentre.net

When? October 20 Event? Tango Music Venue? Cultural Hall E Call 17 683-295 or email events@afbahrain.com When? October 24 Event? Lecture on James Belgrave Venue? Bahrain Fort Museum Amal Al Marzouq, author of the book James Belgrave: Narrative of the first Briton born in Bahrain, will deliver a lecture on the subject at 7pm in Arabic. E Visit www.culture.gov.bh When? October 26 Event? Salsa de Bahrain Seventh Anniversary Venue? Hawar Islands E Call 39 755-503. When? October 28 Event? Goûter des images (Movie screening for kids) Venue? Alliance Française Bahrain, Isa Town Watch family friendly movie Ma Vie de Courgette (My Life as a Zucchini) by Claude Barrasin, French with English subtitles. The show starts at 2.30pm and costs BD2 for all. E Call 17 683-295 or email events@afbahrain.com When? October 31 Event? Dock in Absolute Jazz Concert Venue? Coda Jazz Lounge, Juffair E Call 17 683-295 or email events@afbahrain.com

A TRIBUTE TO MUSIC

When? October 19-28 Event? Bahrain International Music Festival Venue? Various Locations

Relax, unwind and observe birds in their natural environment as Al Azizia Birds Kingdom organises ‘Parent and Toddler Days’ on all Tuesdays of the month, for families to take a walk around the huge aviary located in Amwaj Islands. The venue is home to an extensive collection of endangered bird species from Africa, America, the Far East and more. Timings are 9.30am-1pm and tickets cost BD4 per child aged one to five years. The price includes a kids’ lunch box. Older children and accompanying adults pay 500 fils only. Those who book in advance will be offered a loyalty card. There will be a table top/boot sale market on October 21, selling second-hand and nearly new items. Call 16 030-597. 26 October 2017

The Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities celebrates the 26th edition of the annual Bahrain International Music Festival held under the Our Year of Archaeology programme. The Kingdom has managed to become a focal point of social and cultural movement, where the shows and events keep on gaining both regional and worldwide acknowledgment. This renowned festival is a veritable artistic platform which brings together innovators from all corners of the globe. The acclaimed musical acts headlining this year’s festival represent diverse cultures and genres from the Arab world and beyond. Details were not confirmed when BTM went to press. Stay tuned for more information. Visit www.culture.gov.bh www.bahrainthismonth.com


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MOVIE NIGHT When? October 19 Event? Night of Arabic Classic Films Venue? Bahrain Fort Museum Egyptian film Diary of a Country Prosecutor (1969) was directed by Tawfiq Saleh, one of the pioneers of realism of Egyptian cinema, based on a novel of the same name by Tawfiq al-Hakim (1937). The film tackles the sociopolitical situation in Egypt through the tale of the prosecutor in the countryside where a murder occurred while the village was busy with the parliamentary elections. The film stars Ahmed Abdel Halim and Tawfeeq Aldeqn. Visit www.culture.gov.bh

A FAMILY FEST When? October 20 Event? Trib Fest Venue? Bahrain Rugby Football Club

GAMING GALA When? October 20 Event? IGN Convention Venue? Bahrain International Circuit The island’s biggest video games and comic con event returns for two days of role play, cos play, gaming tournaments as well as showcases and stage activities. There’ll also be loads to do, see, try and buy, with artists on hand to help visitors perfect their costumes and make-up. Tickets cost BD8 for one day and BD12 for both days. Event timings are Friday 1pm to 10pm and Saturday noon to 10pm. www.ignconvention.com

FOUR TO TANGO When? October 20 Event? Tango Music Venue? Cultural Hall Two women, two men, four instruments, four blue working suits and the universe of Tango – this is what Tangomotán is all about. The band loves to improvise and never tires of reinterpreting, working and evolving, freeing themselves to better rediscover this musical form that they make palpable, carnal and visual. The show, organised by Alliance Française Bahrain, begins at 7.30pm. Entry is free for all. Call 17 683-295 or email events@afbahrain.com

YIN AND YANG When? October 20 Event? Yang Flow and Yin Restore Venue? La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art

The return of one of the island’s biggest live music festivals sees a whole raft of tribute acts flying in from the UK to perform alongside local bands and individual musicians for a whole day of entertainment. The lineup confirmed so far includes sound-alikes of various bands and artists including Coldplay (headlining), Oasis, Pink, Queen and Freddie Mercury, The Stereophonics, Bryan Adams, Amy Whinehouse and more, as well as Bahrain rockers MUST. There’ll be plenty of food and kids’ entertainment for a great family day out that carries on long into the evening for you to make the most of the cooler weather. Tickets are BD16 for adults and BD8 for kids, available from the club reception. Call 17 695-809. 28 October 2017

Enjoy an urban yoga retreat with Ditta and Trine based on the principle of Yin and Yang, aiming to cultivate balance, harmony and freedom in your body and mind. Two yoga teachers with their unique and complementary styles will help you explore the interplay between Yin and Yang and how it applies to daily life. Join Ditta’s dynamic and adventurous flow with a touch of Balinese spiritual culture, allowing for deep and reflective practice. Trine draws knowledge from both Western and Eastern perspectives of wellbeing, and hopes to inspire you to switch on your greater potentials of energy, insight and understanding. The event is for ladies only. Full day is from 10am-5pm, priced at BD55 with vegetarian lunch, and half day is from 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm, for BD25. There’s a 10 per cent discount if booking is secured with payment by October10. Call 17 230-123, email info@lafontaineartcentre.net or visit www. lafontaineartcentre.net www.bahrainthismonth.com


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British Council Reception

The British Council Bahrain held a reception to welcome the new director, Richard Rooze, and to announce its 2017/18 programmes. Richard & Mockbul Ali

Graham, Richard & Emilia

Dr Riad

Sajeda, Bella, Luise & Ayesha

Mohanad

Melika, Dr Roy & Anne

Alan

Gema, Richard & Mockbul Ali

Noor

Luise, Bella & Fabregas

Bayan

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!

INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT When? October 31 Event? Dock in Absolute Jazz Concert Venue? Coda Jazz Lounge, Juffair

When? October 21 Event? New York Film Institute Auditions Venue? Online New York Film Academy, the college of visual and performing arts, is conducting auditions, portfolio reviews, one-on-one meetings and an information session in Manama, Bahrain. Acting audition requirements are two contemporary, contrasting 60to 90-second monologues from a published contemporary English language play or screenplay. For the musical theatre audition, two contrasting musical theatre songs with musical accompaniment on a device and one 60- to 90-second monologue from a published contemporary English language play or screenplay is required. Examples of work for portfolio reviews for degree programmes can include drawings, conceptual illustrations, short films, poetry, short stories, storyboards, designs, photographs, three-dimensional models, or digitally generated images. Students may choose to submit a typed screenplay or short story (10-page maximum). Visit www.nyfa.edu

SPORTS IN FOCUS When? October 25–November 29 Event? Hassan Hajjaj Solo Show Venue? Al Riwaq Art Space Al Riwaq Art Space will be exhibiting the works of the Moroccan-British contemporary artist Hassan Hajjaj, featuring a curated selection of his series La Salle de Gym es Femmes Arabes. The show represents Hassan Hajjaj’s depiction of Arab women at the gym. It was presented at The Third Line Gallery as Hassan Hajjaj’s third solo show in Dubai. Selected artwork from this series will be exhibited for the first time in Bahrain. The women presented in this photographic series are acquaintances of Hajjaj’s, meant to represent characters of his imagination. They are dressed in athletic gear from popular brand names with traditional textiles which the artist put together himself. Call 17-717-441.

Alliance Française Bahrain invites Dock in Absolute, the Jazz trio from Luxembourg, to celebrate live jazz music in the Kingdom. Doors open at 8pm, while the concert starts at 9.30pm. If guests wish to have a seated dinner and drinks at the venue, they are invited to arrive at 8.30pm. Tickets cost BD7 for members and BD10 for non-members. They must be bought in advance at Alliance Française Bahrain. The price includes entry to the jazz concert and access to the club only. Call 17 683-295 or email events@afbahrain.com

DOWN MEMORY LANE When? November 4 Event? Book Launch: Memories of Bahrain Venue? Hamad Town The late Aisha Yateem was a foreigneducated Bahraini lady who started the first club for women in Bahrain and the Gulf in 1955. She wrote personal journals in her time, which were eventually collated to publish the book Bahrain Memories in English. This was more than a decade ago, when the book proved to be so popular that all copies of the edition were sold out. It has now been translated into Arabic by the efforts of her family, and will be launched at the Aisha Yateem Family Counselling Centre in Hamad Town on November 4, at 10.30am. The event will take place under the patronage of Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa, president of Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities. The book is said to give readers a true glimpse of old Bahrain. The book will be available for sale at the centre as well as the Bahrain Young Ladies Association in Manama. Call 17 430-488.

DANCE FIESTA When? October 26 Event? Salsa de Bahrain Seventh Anniversary Venue? Hawar Islands This is one event not to be missed. Enjoy 36 hours of an island getaway to mark the seventh anniversary of Salsa de Bahrain at the beautiful island of Hawar. The fun will go on in two party halls at the venue, with super salsa moves, and sensual dances Bachata and Kizomba. Water activities include 30 October 2017

snorkelling and kayaking. Tickets are priced at BD80 per person for two nights, including dance workshops, parties, accommodation, three meals a day for two days and transportation by boat. The package is non-refundable due to hotel policies. Call 39 755-503. www.bahrainthismonth.com


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ART Rotana, Amwaj Islands ART

Rotana held a Friday Brunch with a special Indoor Garden theme at Choices Terrace. Ledy, Ali & Fatima

Soneando Band

Hamad & Hend

Met Ebrahim & Mohamed

Dan & Cat

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Fatima, Enrico, Theodore & Fatima

Mazen & Roger

Sara & Jasmine

Noor

Betty, Philippe & Max

Melia & Ella

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BEAUTIFUL SOUNDS When? October 5 Event? Sean Kingston Live Venue? Coral Bay The Jamaican-American singer, songwriter and rapper hit the international scene 10 years ago with his eponymous first album. He went on to international success with the incredibly catchy tune Beautiful Girls which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the US as well as going to number one in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Spain, Ireland and the UK. He’s toured with the likes of Gwen Stefani, Beyoncé and Kelly Clarkson. This performance promises a night of fun beats and great dance sounds in a fab beachside setting. Tickets on presale, gents BD10, ladies BD5. On the door gents BD15, ladies BD8. Call 17 312-700.

A GIRLY AFFAIR When? October 5 Event? Pink Party Venue? The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Kicking off the new season of the venue’s renowned beach parties, Ritz-Carlton has teamed up with American Express to host a party for a cause in support of Think Pink. The night’s guaranteed to be a great success with female international DJs Alina and Kathryn, who will be supported by the legendary Chris Sharp flying in from UK, playing his LED Sax. The event will be held on the stunning beach by the marina. Ticket prices include a full open buffet and beverages from 8pm until 11pm. The dress code is pink smart-casual. Advanced purchase BD25 for members, BD30 for American Express Card members, BD35 for non-members. Pricing on the day BD50 per person after 7pm. Call 17 586-612 or 17586-499.

SING YOUR HEART OUT When? October 5 Event? Wembley Wow Factor Venue? Wembley, Atiram Premier Hotel Head to one of the island’s favourite bars for the launch of a new karaoke competition. If you’re an amateur performer, get ready to sing your heart out over several weeks for a chance at the USD1,000 first prize. Not so musically inclined? Prepare to make some noise for your favourite to help them through to the next round. BTM will be supplying a judge, so come along and see if you agree with us. For your chance to compete, pop into Wembley and pick up an entry form. T&Cs apply. Contact Stevie 36 558-384. 32 October 2017

CELEBRITY STATUS When? October 6 Event? Junior J Live Venue? Liv Bahrain, Al Murooj Hotel Junior J has raked up a popular reputation with residencies in the UK and Dubai. In addition to his exceptional talents as a DJ, Junior also happens to be a highly apt business man and accomplished event organiser, with his shows taking place at venues across the world - and each of them host to artist performances by the likes of Ludacris, Trey Songz, Joe Budden, Jagged Edge, Montell Jordan, Timbaland, Sean Paul and more. Tickets are priced at BD5 for men and ladies enter free. Call 66 600-025.

PARTY THRILLS When? October 12 Event? Bottles and Models Venue? Ibrida, Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa This is a new social concept organised by Four Aces in conjunction with BNG and Vape in Bahrain, introducing a platform for models, elite partygoers and nightlife lovers to mingle under one roof. Free entry for all till 10pm, BD10 for men and BD5 for women thereafter. Contact 33 590-045.

INTERNATIONAL VIBES When? October 12 Event? DJ Paul Mendez Live Venue? Downtown, InterContinental Regency Night Pro presents Paul Mendez Live. Enjoy cool tunes, chilled drinks and amazing music throughout the night starting at 8pm with DJs Cossta and Ramy on the decks. Then it’s followed by Paul Mendez,who, in a career spanning more than 20 years, has established residencies and explosive guest spots in hundreds of cities in 60-plus countries on five continents at the most iconic top 100 voted clubs, brands and festivals, including Ministry of Sound, Privilige, Bora Bora, Cherrymoon, RA, Creamfields, Homelands and more. He’s also supported huge names such as Tiesto, 50 Cent, Armin Van Buuren to name just a few. Tickets are BD10 for men, ladies and air crew get in free. Call 39 712-012 or 39 664-522. www.bahrainthismonth.com


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SUN AND SAND When? October 13 Event? Beat Beach Closing Party Venue? Coral Bay Beat Beach Music Festival returns with another event to remember. The longestrunning music festival on the island is about to kick off with international stars from Europe, with 12 hours of non-stop beats and two dance floors playing different genres, from hip-hop, RnB and reggae to house, EDM, techno and more. It will be accompanied by fire dancers, LED performers and a massive light show. Tickets are priced at BD12 pre-sale, available at Coral Bay reception and BD15 at the door. Call 66 331-366 or 66 302-112.

FASHION SUPERHEROES When? October 26 Event? The Greatest Superheroes Party Venue? Bushido

MAGICAL HALLOWEEN When? October 26 Event? End of the World Party Venue? Muju Hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, nuclear threats, asteroids hitting Earth… the whole world’s going to hell, so the question is, do you want to party? Muju is promising one of the island’s best Halloween experiences with the venue turning into a haunted house for the occasion. You can expect dancing, eating, swimming, music and magic all in one night with celebrity death matches in a ring (six celebs wrestling each other!), a Halloween-themed spook show, magic room, fortune teller and music from Mysterioo Arif. Entry is BD15 including welcome drink and buffet. Call 33 994-560.

FATAL FUN When? October 31-November 3 Event? Dia de los Muertos Venue? Meisei

Here’s an extravagant Halloween bash in collaboration with Fashion TV Paris, presenting the FTV Supermodels, international DJ Pantelis from Greece, playing EDM and tribal house, and Aniaj, the FTV and D&G singer. Don your best superhero costume for a great fun Halloween bash with a fashion connection which promises to be one of the region’s most glamorous entertainment events. Resident DJ Albert Mauri will open the night and DJ Pantelis and Aniaj will be performing from 11pm until the early hours. There’ll also be a costume room where you can get a free Halloween make-up session and mask as well as Fashion TV goodies. Entry is free for ladies from 9.30pm to 10pm, BD5 thereafter. Gents pay BD10 in advance, BD15 on the door. Call 17 583-555. www.bahrainthismonth.com

Halloween has never been more spooktactular! Enjoy four nights of festive fun starting on Tuesday, October 31, All Hallows’ Eve, with DJ Detour. Shake your bones to visiting artist Sarit as he electrifies the rooftop with his golden trumpet for all the ghosts and ghouls for a special scary salsa on Wednesday, November 1. The ‘Dia de los Muertos’ finale parties will be on Thursday and Friday, November 2 and 3, featuring DJ Salime along with live entertainment from Sarit! Dress to impress as the best outfits get the chance to win a meal for two at Meisei. Call 17 007-770.

When? October 1 Event? Rehab Venue? Bossa Nova, Adliya E Call 36 441-553. When? October 5 Event? Sean Kingston Live Venue? Coral Bay E Call 34223-992. When? October 5 Event? Pink Party Venue? The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain E call 17 586-612 or 17586-499. When? October 5 Event? Wembley Wow Factor Venue? Wembley, Atiram Premier Hotel E Call Stevie on 36 558-384. When? October 12 Event? Bottles and Models Venue? Ibrida, Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa E Call 33 590-045. When? October 12 Event? DJ Paul Mendez Live Venue? Downtown, InterContinental Regency Bahrain E Call 39712-012 or 39664-522. When? October 26 Event? The Greatest Superheroes Party Venue? Bushido E Call 17 583-555. When? October 26 Event? End of the World Party Venue? Muju E Call 33 994-560. When? October 27 Event? Halloween Beach Party Venue? Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa E Call 17636-363. When? October 31-November 3 Event? Dia de los Muertos Venue? Meisei, Adliya E Call 17007-770. When? October 27 Event? Day of the dead Venue? Asia De Cuba, Adliya Enjoy a ghoulish fiesta with surprise entertainment and live DJ sets from 10.30pm. Tickets cost BD10 (ladies) and BD15 (gents). E Call 17 711-600. When? October 27 Event? Think Pink party at Azure Venue? Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Tickets are priced at BD50 inclusive of two beverages. E Call 17 115-000. October 2017 33


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FRIDAY FRIGHT NIGHT SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA

Prepare for a hair-raising experience at this resort’s haunted shindig.

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The month of October brings with it cooler climes as well as the annual tradition of Halloween, which is a much looked forward to event, the world over. With this in mind, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa has geared up to throw the most terrific Halloween beach party – replete with chills and thrills. Channel your favourite horror movie character and have a gala time full of terror and fear on October 27 from 6pm onwards at Sofitel’s private beach. The hotel has pulled out all stops to ensure that guests can revel in a night full of fun in the classiest way possible. You can expect an evening of bewitching entertainment, top tunes and a grand food buffet along with some delectable beverages. Buy your early bird tickets online from eventsbh.com before October 15 for BD30 to take advantage of a 20 per cent discount. Also, don’t forget to check out the special Halloween Beach Rooms Promo for only BD129 inclusive of taxes and service charges, for a Luxury room with sea view. The deal includes a lavish buffet breakfast for two and two complimentary Halloween Beach Party tickets. After October 15, this promotion is priced at BD149 inclusive of taxes and service charges. The offer is valid for stays between October 25–27 only. Dance along with Cuban band Timeless as they hypnotise you with their melodies before surrendering to the mystery guest DJ’s tunes, guaranteed to keep you grooving to the beat for a night of exciting memories and some eerie surprises! The dinner buffet will present an array of dishes with mysterious Halloween twists, prepared by the property’s awardwinning team of zombie chefs. The party is priced at BD38 per person, inclusive of unlimited drinks (from 6pm-9pm) and the open food buffet. If you don’t have the heart to leave behind the fun

and go home, the musical merrymaking continues at the hotel’s Tapas restaurant for the epic after party from midnight until 2am, while you enjoy a spectacular moonlit view of the ocean. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa is a piece of heaven in the desert that allows its islanders to escape to a utopia of relaxation. Located on the pristine beach of Zallaq, it houses the only Thalassa Sea & Spa in the Middle East, offering unique treatments using natural ointments and seawater for wholesome, beautifying results. The hospitality brand takes pride in its state-of-the-art facilities along with a host of familyfriendly activities and acclaimed restaurants that ensure patrons have an unforgettable time. This majestically furnished establishment has 21 Prestige suites, six captivating rooftop Opera suites and one breathtakingly unique Royal suite built to make its guests feel like monarchy. The Prestige suite tastefully combines Bahraini and French interior design, while each of the iconic Opera suites take you on a trip to exotic destinations, from Morocco to Turkey and India, and feature infinity pools overlooking the Arabian Sea. Call 17 636-363. www.bahrainthismonth.com


INTERVIEWS

BREAKING THE LANGUAGE BARRIER

ALSO THIS MONTH: 38 OFFERING SPECIALISED CARE 42 BOY GENIUS

APPLE SHARMA Recently appointed director of the British Council, Richard Rooze talks about how the organisation is continuing its storied tradition of cultural and educational relations with Bahrain.

Richard Rooze

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ince its humble beginnings in 1948, the British Council in Bahrain has built a remarkable reputation for connecting generations of people with learning opportunities and creative ideas from the UK, as well as helping to foster cultural relations between the two countries. Through programmes and events in the areas of education, English, arts and society, it has changed the lives of thousands of students, helping them to learn English, study in the UK, showcase their talents and improve their skills. “The single-sentence summary of our organisation is that we’re here to build friendly knowledge and understanding,” says Richard. “Our main focus where we do that here in Bahrain is in the education sector, whether it’s working with the Ministry of Education on teacher development or helping to facilitate mutually beneficial partnerships between UK and Bahraini higher education institutions.” New at the helm in Bahrain, Richard was previously director of the British Council in Barcelona for three and a half years. Having also lived and worked in Riyadh, he had a good 36 October 2017

sense of what to expect before arriving. “I’ve always had a very positive impression of Bahrain and it’s one of my favourite countries to visit in the Gulf region,” he says. As a world leader in teaching English, the British Council works directly with the public, offering English courses at its teaching centres, as well as online. “We have a very successful English language teaching operation here, particularly for young learners,” Richard says. With a broad and diverse staff of 75, 39 of whom are Bahraini, the British Council takes an in-house approach to language teaching. “When we talk to parents and students and ask them why they come here, what everybody really wants is to be able to use the language. Sometimes in schools it can be taught as a slightly more academic subject with lots of meaty grammar,” explains Richard. “We try to avoid that. Our focus is much more on can you actually use this grammar?” The British Council also strives to contribute to the development of Bahraini society. With the Kingdom identifying in its Vision 2030 that it aims to move towards being a Knowledge

Economy, the British Council has been working with schools to develop the skills of young people in subjects such as science, technology and engineering through various workshops run by British experts. Richard hails the success of such efforts that have given young learners the chance to connect and access a wider global world. “This is the kind of story that we want, where we can open a sort of cultural window and inspire people in directions that will ultimately benefit the country.” Its work in society also extends to empowering those who are often marginalised, such as its residency art programme ‘ArtAbled’ for young people with disabilities. Now in its fourth year, the project has been a huge success. “It’s a really positive story because it’s a great opportunity for individual development for those children with disabilities. Our programme helps them explore their talents by providing art therapy training.” When speaking about his ambitions for his tenure, Richard says he would like to see the British Council teach more young children. “I think parents are sometimes reluctant to send their kids to do extra English, thinking they’ll be exhausted,” he says. “But one of the things that I’m most proud of is that we’re able to strike that balance between something that’s fun and motivating for the children, but which is also genuinely useful in improving their language skills.” Being a teacher himself, Richard is clearly passionate about his profession and the value of teachers as role models. And although slightly beyond what he admits he’s able to achieve, he adds, “If I was able to wave a magic wand and change things, one of the things I would ask for is that being a teacher is universally seen as being an inspiring, positive leader for the next generation of young people and the kind of job that everyone should want to have.” Watch out for exhibitions, public events and competitions coming up on www.britishcouncil. bh/en. www.bahrainthismonth.com


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Maria & Sharon

he Filipino Institute Training Community hosted its fourth graduation ceremony at Graduation Ceremony TAtiram Premier Hotel. Fecho, Tito, Norman, HE Alfonso A Ver, Armie & Rose

Hazel Grace & Renalyn

Miteline, Armie, HE Alfonso A Ver & Gecil

Mary Jane, Lulu, Liezel & Ma Bina

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interview Please tell us about your background and areas of speciality. I am an American-board-certified in neurology, clinical neurophysiology and movement disorders. I did eight years training in this speciality in the US. What made you decide to pursue neurology – I understand you were among the first (if not the first) female neurologists in the Kingdom – it must have been quite a challenge to enter such a male-dominated field? I pursued neurology because I developed an interest in this field since I was a medical student. I found the science of brain fascinating and challenging, and saw that we have a great shortage of neurologists in Bahrain and in the area in general. Since neurological disorders are complex and require patience and focus, it was dominated by male physicians. I felt that I should take the challenge and be the first female neurologist in Bahrain. I found all the support from my family; however my colleagues felt that it might be a difficult and challenging field for a female. In the years since you returned to Bahrain after your training, are you finding patients and families are accepting of a woman in this position, and are more female students choosing to follow this speciality? Since my return from the US, I started teaching medical students at both medical universities in the Kingdom – Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) and Arabian Gulf University (AGU). I would like to emphasise the role of a teaching doctor to influence students. Through proper training and teaching and making neurology exciting and challenging for the students, I would say the idea has completely changed, and I have a lot of my students pursuing the field of neurology – females and males. I’m excited that a number of my students are already completing their training in neurology in different countries and will be back soon to serve our beloved country. You are now involved with the recently announced Delmon Rehab centre and have said there is a great need for this type of facility in the Kingdom. Why do you feel it is so important? As part of my speciality in neurology, I deal with a lot of neurological conditions requiring rehabilitation afterwards, such as strokes, multiple sclerosis and patients after traumatic brain injury. I found this field to be lacking, unfortunately, in our country and even in the 38 October 2017

Dr Farzana Alsayed

OFFERING SPECIALISED CARE Consultant neurologist, Dr Farzana Alsayed of the recently announced Delmon Rehab centre, tells Liz O’Reilly about the need for dedicated rehabilitation services in Bahrain. Gulf area. We are in desperate need for a specialised rehabilitation centre, where the patients are attended after their discharge from hospital. This is a vital step for recovery and it’s financially costly to our country to have such a prolonged stay for patients in the hospital, where you require beds for patients with more urgent causes. What will your role be and what categories of injuries/conditions do you expect to be treating? I will be helping with my professional colleagues in running this state-of-the-art centre and making sure the best care is provided to our patients until they are discharged back to their homes as a functional part of the society. Is this the first facility of its kind and, if yes, what research has been carried out to assess

the need? We have gone through a feasibility study addressing the need of such services in Bahrain and in the region, and had excessive meetings with pioneers in the field of health and business, which all proved that such a service is a definite requirement. Do you expect it to become a regional centre or will it be purely for Bahrain residents? I expect this to be state-of-the-art centre providing comprehensive rehabilitation services that I dreamt about in our region. Anything else you would like to add? I have to say, I’m very excited to pursue this vital project with all my highly professional colleagues, and have great hopes that it will attract patients who are in need for such services from Bahrain and the Gulf region. www.bahrainthismonth.com


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Mohamed Ftouni

BOSS OF THE BAY BEHNAZ SANJANA Seasoned hotelier Mohamed Ftouni has taken over the reins of one of the island’s favourite beach resorts. He chats about his future plans for the property under his able leadership.

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ebanese by descent, Mohamed has been a top player in Bahrain’s vibrant hospitality industry for the past 17 years. As the new general manager, he aims to bring Coral Bay Resort to even greater glory, with his solid expertise. He says: “It’s been just three months here as part of Remya and Expertise Management, which manages and runs most aspects of the property owned by Seven Leisure Restaurant Management WLL. I usually work 13-hour days, but I’m enjoying every bit of it. It helps that my place of work is so scenic!” Mohamed admits that change is never easy, and there are a few hurdles that need to be overcome, but he is happy to see that he is part of a unified team that works as one to achieve a positive result. “That is the beauty of change,” he says. He is upbeat about the amenities that the establishment offers and has made certain changes in their operations to better suit guests. “Coral Bay is an all-in-one stop for people in Bahrain,” he says. “We are the best 40 October 2017

option for those who want to party, unwind, undertake water sports, be entertained and are seeking an unparalleled gourmet experience in a beautiful ambience. “Our poolside is quite popular with residents and tourists alike, so we have decided to extend the timings from 9am all the way to 9pm, so guests can make the most of their relaxation here. Fish Mania offers the ocean’s best, along with a spectacular view of the waters. I guarantee that even people who are not fans of seafood will enjoy their experience here. We also organise theme nights to serve as a local getaway in the heart of Manama. Our business buffet is priced very reasonably, as we want to make it accessible for the majority in Bahrain.” Rayes, the Lebanese restaurant, is close to Mohamed’s heart. The outlet sees a crowd of 200-250 guests even over weekdays, something that he attributes to the restaurant’s authentic cuisine and affordable prices – a fact that he wishes more people would know. Talking about the C Hotel, Bahrain’s only floating boutique property, Mohamed says: “We

really pamper guests who stay here. The exclusive rooms are always in demand and our clients really appreciate the special facilities like free access to the infinity pool and bar, the gym and a 15 per cent discount on all treatments at the luxurious Coral Spa.” Mohamed is excited about the plans in the pipeline, and is steadily working to see them to fruition, saying: “We have already started collaborating with more international performers to bring world-class entertainment to Bahrain every weekend, not just once every few months. We cater to 1,000 guests over holidays, and they eagerly inquire about the events for the coming weeks. Sean Kingston will be performing here on October 5, and that is a much-anticipated event.” Mohamed remains honoured that, with the support of his organisation and its efficient staff, he has been able to take steps to achieve his objectives and attract more loyal customers. “I hope that by the grace of Almighty God we can create unforgettable memories in the minds of our valued guests who patronise Coral Bay Resort,” he adds. www.bahrainthismonth.com


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BOY GENIUS PUJA TIWARI An inventive young man is setting a fine example by launching an initiative to repopulate Bahrain’s seas.

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ake Our Seas Live Again (MOSLA) is an awareness campaign to combat the declining fish population and coral growth, created by 17-year-old Bahrain School student Loewi Schils. The teen prodigy started the project to inform people about the dangers faced by the sea such as dredging, land reclamation, over fishing and pollution, and subsequently aiming to garner support through its Facebook page. “Our first initiative is the deployment of an artificial reef in Durrat Al Bahrain,” he says. “People can sponsor reef balls, which are basically fish houses. We chose Durrat because it is a protected area and the artificial reef would not fall under the usual fishing pressure as in open waters.” Loewi is inviting sponsors to make donations, who will have their names engraved on a stainless steel plaque on the reef ball. “This will be accompanied by a certificate of sponsorship and updated videos of how the reef balls are doing,” he adds. “For those who want to sponsor an entire reef ball, the price is BD100. Other categories consist of BD50 for half of the plaque, BD25 for a fourth and BD15 for an eighth of it.” Those who wish to donate an amount of BD1 or more will get a chance to get their names on a reef ball through a raffle. The dynamic youngster’s second objective is to protect natural reef Bul Thama. “Bul Thama is one of the few remaining natural reefs around Bahrain,” he explains. “We aim to educate about the damage done to 42 October 2017

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it by fishing and bring about the enforcement of the current commercial fishing ban which is in place. “As a cultural heritage sight, it is protected from commercial fishing; however, it still happens. We also encourage people to use the mooring buoys which have been set there in order to prevent damaging corals by anchoring.” Loewi is an avid fan of marine life, and started MOSLA as part of a graduating community service project to tackle key issues. “The problem is that there is no system in place to impose environmental compensation for all the negative externalities which marine life has been subjected to,” he elaborates. “Fishing practices have become so effective that the sea does not have a chance to cope. On the other hand, there are also issues such as oil spills, invasive species, and a general rise

in sea temperature, which also pose a threat to the integrity of the marine environment. “It’s really a matter of cause and effect. If we examine these issues more closely, we find that they are due to the same central causes, as those listed earlier, this time on a larger scale.” Loewi has a few activities planned in the pipeline in conjunction with his scheme. “I am currently planning an environmental day at the Bahrain Yacht Club on November 3,” he says. “Reef Arabia will bring their barge with the reef balls, which people have sponsored, and we will organise a beach clean-up. I would like to thank the Bahrain Yacht Club, Reef Arabia and Durrat Al Bahrain for making this possible.” Call 32 224-924, follow MOSLA on Facebook, or email loewi@mosla.net www.bahrainthismonth.com


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46 Celebrating Stability HE Alfred Simms-Protz, German Ambassador, hopes the new government in his home country will make for increased interest in the region.

48 Feel Intelligent Drive Al Haddad launches the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

50 Fast and Faster Porsche introduces third generation of SUV models.

54 In-Sparational Travel Discover the country’s top pampering destinations.

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HE Alfred Simms-Protz

Celebrating Stability LIZ O’REILLY As he heads into his third year in post, German Ambassador HE Alfred Simms-Protz is hopeful the new government in his home country will make for increased interest in the region. Having arrived in July 2015, His Excellency says his aims were that of any ambassador – to build on relations and help increase investment between the two countries. But, pragmatically, he concedes: “That was my intent but I have to be honest and say I think I have just maintained the stable, friendly level but there has not been a dramatic increase in visits or investment. The chances for an ambassador to make a difference are limited; it depends on reciprocal visits. There are a number of factors that have limited that in the case of Bahrain. Particularly in the last six months our [German] politicians have been preoccupied with the elections that took place on September 24 and our foreign policy focus has been very much on Europe – areas such as the EU after Brexit and the issue of refugees as well as the Trans-Atlantic relationship. “Other than our Defence Minister, who came for the Manama Dialogue, there has not been a high-level visit for a while. I have been trying to get the Foreign Minister to come and I am hopeful that will happen in the not too distant future. 46 October 2017

However, recent news of a large-scale investment in the Kingdom by German company Armacell – which in May broke ground for a factory at Bahrain International Investment Park that, when completed in 2018, will produce a range of products, including high-density materials and elastomeric insulation for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems – is expected to excite increased investment interest. The project will create around 100 jobs with some workers coming from Germany, adding to the 500-strong local German community, and others being hired locally. His Excellency says: “I think German companies can find excellent opportunities here, because of the location as a gateway to Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region and we have been in discussions [with potential investors] in areas such as manufacturing, logistics, environmental technology, solar energy et cetera – the country is definitely an attractive investment proposition, on top of being the world’s number one destination for expats, as an international survey confirmed recently. “As in the case of Armacell, the location is important, particularly now with increased ease of border processing. Also, lower costs in comparison to the UAE, excellent infrastructure and the easy, liberal lifestyle give Bahrain the edge for both companies and their employees.”

The bilateral volume of trade stood at EUR359 million (BD158 million) last year, with Bahrain exporting EUR18.6 million (BD8.2 million) and importing EUR340.2 million (BD150 million) in items such as cars, machinery and pharmaceutical products. For the future, His Excellency is confident this can be increased as investment opportunities continue to grow. Moving forward, plans for the coming year include a major cultural event which is still in the pipeline but expected to be during the winter months. The embassy will also be celebrating German Unity Day on October 3 and the new – or old – Defence Minister, once named, is expected to travel to the island for the Manama Dialogue in December, which His Excellency says is always a useful event, providing an excellent opportunity for bilateral meetings on the margins, including with the host country Bahrain. In conclusion, His Excellency says Bahrain will continue to hold a special attraction for him even after his term as ambassador comes to an end, explaining: “I enjoy interacting with the people of Bahrain. They are very open, welcoming and friendly – that has been my experience from day one, and I truly appreciate that. Newcomers instantly feel at home in Bahrain, it’s so easy to live and work here. I also have to say I love the weather – even in July and August! Some people complain about the heat but I find it makes me feel alive!” www.bahrainthismonth.com


The Travel Connection very flexible with our offers. We see our company as a travel expert and consultant, and our customers receive a lot of information, recommendations and support when booking their leisure or business travel. We talk to our clients, who are mostly from Bahrain but also some from across the region, to find out their needs and to make their travel an unforgettable experience. Germany has a lot of different landscapes and there is a perfect destination for everyone. Our goal is it to share our experience and organise the perfect trip. Do you see the number of German visitors to Bahrain rising, falling or staying the same, and what do you feel could be done to bring in more tourists? I am a licensed tourist guide in Bahrain, and I welcome 1,000 German speaking tourists every year. Many are coming for just half a day by cruise ship in the winter season. The number of tourists staying in Bahrain for a few days is increasing, because those who are interested in the Arabic and GCC countries want to discover Bahrain as well. We are promoting the rich history, the traditions and culture as well as Bahrain’s citizens, who are so welcoming to their guests.

Birgit Hobaugh

Birgit Hobaugh tells Liz O’Reilly about her experience of setting up a one-of-a-kind business assisting Bahrainis to find medical treatment in Germany. You operate Bahraini German International Services, along with your partner Mohammed – what made you want to set up an operation in Bahrain? Mohammed Al Sharqi gave me the opportunity to become a businesswoman in a field where I could help patients needing to receive treatment abroad. Being a German national, I felt confident to offer the best quality services to our customers, since German healthcare is among the best in the world. Mohammed had offered services for Arabic patients, who received spa and rehabilitation treatment in the Czech Republic and it was a perfect idea to extend this to all medical fields in Germany. www.bahrainthismonth.com

When we applied for the CR [Company Registration] in 2003, the field of Health Tourism services was not available on the list of business opportunities and we became the first company with such a CR. Bahrainis had been travelling to Germany for medical treatment for a long time, but they always visited the same cities and doctors. My goal was and is to search for the specialist in the individual patient’s disease who can offer the correct diagnosis and offer treatment. Most patients have contacted many doctors before they talk to me and have been unable to find assistance. We have helped many patients in the almost 14 years since we opened. You expanded into the general tourism area, introducing Arabs to Germany and Germans to Bahrain – has this proved successful? Expanding your business field is very important in Bahrain and as a service company we are

How has your business coped and competed with the massive explosion in online travel booking? We are available for those who need support and information. And our service includes a lot more than booking engines can do. We are focusing on worldwide travel for groups, for example. Our Motorcycle Travel Group MTG is already working on the schedule for 2018, offering motorcycle trips. In the past four years we have organised 15 group tours, all starting from Munich, Germany. This region is a paradise for bike riders. Other than your business, what role do you play within the island’s German community – are there groups and activities? I like to bring our community together for different activities and by sending information through my database. With some other people, I am also welcoming new Germans moving to Bahrain, answering their first questions and introducing them to the community. October 2017 47


germanyinbahrain AL HADDAD MOTORS

Feel Intelligent Drive

This leading car dealership on the island launches its brand-new luxury sedan and announces a strategic partnership with another industry giant. Al Haddad Motors, the official distributor of Mercedes-Benz in the Kingdom, has unveiled the latest addition to the Mercedes-Benz family – the all new S-Class. During the launch, the company also made an exciting announcement about their newly joined partnership with Majestic Cars. This is the first-ever agreement where the authorised distributor has signed a corporate deal with Majestic Cars to carry a fleet of 20 S-Class, 8 E-Class and 1 GLS. Catering to the high-end customers in Bahrain, Majestic will be the only company to have the latest S-Class in its fleet. The S-Class comes with many new inventions and has been proven to be the most desired luxury vehicle in the world. Among the features of the S 450 are: • Intelligent Drive takes the vehicle to a new level of autonomous driving with driver assistance systems and substantially expanded functionality. • The latest ENERGIZING comfort control gives the driver total control over climate, lighting 48 October 2017

and musical atmosphere, and enables a specific wellness set-up tailored to the mood and need of each customer. • The high-quality interior is created with meticulous attention to detail and craftsmanship, featuring a new widescreen cockpit, and woodleather steering wheel as standard. • The model’s exterior is complemented with crystal-look tail lamps, a new radiator grille, MULTIBEAM LED headlights and three distinctive torches of light as an exclusive design element. • It comes with a V6 engine with a displacement of 2.996 and a rated torque of 270/367 (kW/hp). The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class retains its title as the undisputed leader of intelligence, power, performance and luxury. The top-of-therange model takes another big step towards autonomous driving and elevates Intelligent Drive to the next level. The new S-Class adds an additional layer of excellence by incorporating and enhancing a host of innovative driving assistance systems initially introduced in the previous model. These include the Active Steer Assist, which has been noticeably improved across its entire performance range, resulting in markedly enhanced customer benefits. The Active

Breaking Assist, which detects end-of-tailback situations without space for evasive action, triggers a warning as well as automatic emergency stopping when required. The Evasive Steering Assist supports the driver in taking evasive action when pedestrians are detected in the danger zone in front of the vehicle. With PRE-SAFE Sound, a short interference signal is triggered ahead of any collisions expected to produce a loud crash, in order to protect the eardrum and inner ear from high acoustic pressures. The new S-Class’ suspension control is further improved, as the stereo camera of the system now scans the road even more thoroughly, even in dusk and at speeds up to 180km/h. Another comfort enhancement is CURVE, the curve-tilting function available in the S-Class sedan for the first time. The body tilts to the inside of the turn by up to 2.65 degrees, thereby reducing the centrifugal forces perceived by the passengers. Seven new light-alloy wheels with diameters between 17 and 20 inches have been introduced on the new model. The front bumper with pronounced air intakes and sporty looks is also new. Mobile phones can be charged wirelessly and without a telephone holder. The Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound system with an output of 1,520 watts has been expanded with a speaker in the overhead control panel and two speakers in the sides. With 64 colours, the ambient lighting offers a wealth of individual settings that add a welcoming effect upon entering the cabin. Because the cockpit is fully digital, the driver can choose from three different display styles (Classic, Sporty and Progressive) and also configure the information and views relevant to them. The new S-Class will be available in six model variants in the GCC markets: Mercedes-Benz S 450, Mercedes-Benz S 560, Mercedes-Benz S 560 4MATIC, Mercedes-AMG S 63 4MATIC+, Mercedes-AMG S 65 and Mercedes-Maybach S 650. The Mercedes-Benz S 560 e, an upgraded plug-in hybrid variant, will be available later in the year. Call Al Haddad Motors on 17 785-454. www.bahrainthismonth.com


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Fast and Faster This marque’s new introduction is brimming with potential, featuring newly developed engines, chassis, control concept and more connectivity. Porsche is introducing the third generation of the brand’s successful SUV. A completely new development from the Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer, the Cayenne combines typical Porsche performance with excellent everyday practicality. Powerful turbo engines, a new eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox and new chassis systems, alongside an innovative display and control concept with increased connectivity take both sportiness and comfort to the next level. There are two newly developed six-cylinder engines to choose from. The Cayenne’s 340hp (250kW), three-litre turbo engine delivers 40hp (29kW) more than the previous model. The 2.9litre V6 biturbo engine in the Cayenne S, which reaches speeds of up to 265km/h, brings it up to 440hp (324kW) – an increase of 20hp (15kW). Equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package, the new Cayenne S accelerates from zero to 100km/h in less than five seconds. Based on the iconic 911 sports car, the brand’s SUV has been enhanced visually and features mixed tyres as well as rear-axle steering for the first time. On-road capabilities of the model are also further improved thanks to active all-wheel drive as standard, Porsche 50 October 2017

4D Chassis Control, three-chamber air suspension and the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) electronic roll stabilisation system. Despite its significantly extended range of standard equipment, the Cayenne S weighs up to 65kg less than its predecessor and remains perfectly suited to off-road use. The appearance of the Cayenne has been further enhanced in line with the Porsche Design DNA. The enlarged air intakes at the front are clear indicators of the increased performance. Meanwhile, the new horizontal light edges result in the SUV appearing wider and more athletic, even when stationary. The luggage compartment volume has been increased by 100 litres and now offers 770-litre capacity. The wheels are one inch larger in diameter, with wider tyres on the rear axle for the first time, emphasising the improved driving dynamics. The iconic Porsche lettering spans across the redesigned rear lights, which feature a three-dimensional design and end-to-end narrow strip of LEDs. The SUV’s default setting is the Onroad programme; however, four other modes activate the conditioning for mild off-road terrain: Mud, Gravel, Sand or Rocks. The drive, chassis and differential locks can be selected to adapt to the relevant scenario. The new Cayenne combines three chassis concepts in one new design: sports car, offroader and touring car. Mixed tyres which are now on wheels of at least 19 inches are a

characteristic sports car feature applied to the new models – improving stability and driving dynamics on bends. For the first time, the Cayenne is available with electric rear-axle steering – a system tried and tested both in the 911 and the Panamera – improving agility on bends and stability when changing lanes at high speeds. The reduced turning circle also makes everyday handling of the SUV easier. With its innovative Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB), the manufacturer is once again assuming a pioneering role in the development of high-performance brakes. This world first is available as an option for all Cayenne models and consists of a cast-iron disc with a tungstencarbide coating. Exclusive to Porsche, the brakes are also visually impressive, with callipers painted in white, while the surface of the discs develops a unique gloss level after bedding-in. Similarly to the 911 and the Panamera, the new body of the Cayenne also uses an intelligent combination of alloy and steel. One particular technical highlight is the innovative lithium-ion polymer starter battery, which alone accounts for a weight saving of 10kg over the predecessor model. The third generation of Porsche’s SUV models are available to order now, with first deliveries arriving in January 2018. Call Porsche Centre Bahrain on 17 459-911. www.bahrainthismonth.com


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HE Alfred Simms-Protz handing out the certificates to the advanced class students with their teacher

HE Alfred Simms-Protz with another class and their teachers

Speaking a new language can be fun and exciting and, if taught properly, can broaden your horizons, introducing you to a new world of opportunities.

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One of the main benefits of mastering a foreign lingo is that it opens up your world to new adventures and prospects. German is one such language. Why? It’s a no brainer, really. Amongst other compelling reasons, it is the most widely spoken native language in Europe – in Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein as well as Germany itself. It’s also the lingo of a significant portion of the population in northern Italy, eastern

Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, eastern France, parts of Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia and Romania. It can give you a chance to access free education in Germany and it has a lot of similarities to English, so is easy to learn. The Language Course Programme of the German Embassy in Bahrain, located in Salmaniya, offers firstclass German lessons corresponding to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, running courses for children and adults. The courses were initiated in 2009, as the brainchild of Dr Hubert Lang, who was the ambassador at that time. There has been an impressive growth since then through the dedication and commitment of all those involved, particularly Stefanie Russell, the former course coordinator. Due to the growing interest in Bahrain to learn German, there are now 15 courses offered at any time, from beginner to advanced levels. Children’s lessons start from the age of 11. Having a reasonable knowledge of German can open new vistas for further education or business opportunities. Germany offers international students a diverse range of academic opportunities within top class accredited universities, teaching courses for state examinations and bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. A German university degree is recognised and respected by organisations around the world. More and more educational programmes are being offered in English, especially at the master’s level, which will suit you just fine if you have a working knowledge of the native tongue. This is especially a win-win situation, thanks to the very low tuition fees and affordable living expenses in Germany in relation to the EU average. All these reasons make it prudent for those contemplating speaking a vernacular lingo to seriously consider learning German. Apart from various courses for all ages, special packages can be arranged for school or university students. The teachers conducting the lessons for the embassy’s language courses are highly qualified holders of various teaching degrees and native German speakers. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, participants are issued a certificate at a gala ceremony held at the embassy. Students who have reached a certain level of proficiency in the dialect are able to take certified language examinations, held on the island, such as the internationally recognised Goethe Certificate. Call 17 745-277, visit www.manama.diplo.de or email gerembcourses@gmail.com www.bahrainthismonth.com


   



 







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In-Sparational Travel Germany is a country known across the world for its spas. Don’t book your next trip without our guide to our top five pampering destinations. Baden-Baden Located in the state of Baden-Württemberg in southwestern Germany, BadenBaden lies at the northwestern border of the Black Forest mountain range on the river Oos. The town’s springs were known to the Romans as aquae and the name Baden actually means bath or bathing. You can look forward to an exceptional thermal bath in springs of water sourced deep in the earth, while surrounded by the hills of the Black Forest. The city offers many options for sports enthusiasts; golf and tennis are both popular in the area and horse races take place each May, August and October at nearby Iffezheim. The countryside is ideal for hiking and mountain climbing and in the winter Baden-Baden is also a skiing destination.

Bad Kissingen This is a spa town in the Bavarian region of Lower Franconia and seat of the district Bad Kissingen. Situated to the south of the Rhön Mountains on the Franconian Saale River, it is one of the health resorts which became famous as a ‘Weltbad’ in the 19th century. The KissSalis Therme bathing centre is a highlight of the town. It was completed in 2004 and includes 10,000sq/ft of water surface which derives from the Schönborn springs. There are several music and entertainment festivals throughout the year, including the Kabarettherbst and the Kissinger Piano Olympics, both of which take place during the winter. And the town and surrounding area offer a wide range of sports from football to shooting.

Bad Homburg Part of the Frankfurt Rhein-Main urban area, this town is best known for its medically useful waters and spa and for its casino. The spa industry began with the discovery of the Elisabethenbrunnen (brunnen is German for well) in 1834. The first spa building and the first casino in Homburg were built in 1841-1842 by the brothers François and Louis Blanc, who later took over the Casino in Monte Carlo. As well as the world-renowned spa, the town boasts a triathlon week, cycle racing, a beautiful Christmas market and a range of events from poetry to castle concerts throughout the year.

Wiesbaden Wiesbaden is one of the oldest spa towns in Europe. Its name translates to “meadow baths”, making reference to the hot springs. It is internationally famous for its architecture, climate (also called the “Nice of the North”), and its hot springs. At one time the town boasted 26 hot springs; 14 of these are still flowing today. 54 October 2017

Bad Greisbach Located about 20 miles from Passau, the town is famous for its stunning views over the countryside of Bavaria. There are numerous hotels offering professional wellness teams. The thermal water of Bad Griesbach comes from a depth of more than 1,500 metres and is recognised as one of Europe’s most fluoride-rich sources of sodium hydrogen carbonate. Naturally heated, it is used to treat rheumatic and digestive disorders, among others. Bad Greisbach is also extremely popular with golfers, boasting no fewer than six 18-hole courses as well as a number of shorter learners’ courses.

Situated in central western Germany on the north bank of the Rhine, there is evidence of settlement at Wiesbaden going back to the Neolithic era. Each May, the town hosts an international arts festival, featuring music, dance, lectures, cabaret and more and, from the end of November until December 23, it is home to the Shooting Star Market with its massive decorations and 28-metre Christmas tree. www.bahrainthismonth.com


SUNCITY VENTURES: VAPIANO

Celebrations Galore

Marking a milestone, this German-based company has lots to commemorate and double reasons to rejoice. This is a very special month for Vapiano, as it celebrates two different occasions. One, it’s the German national day and secondly, it’s the 15th anniversary of the opening of its very first restaurant in Germany. Exactly 15 years ago, Vapiano opened on October 22, 2002, in Hohe Bleichen, Germany, and took its initial steps towards success. Since then, it has expanded to 191 outlets in 32 countries on five continents, and has inspired thousands of guests with its authentic Italian cuisine. Vapiano has a unique concept where pastas, pizzas, antipasti and salads can be ordered directly from the chefs at the individual stations in the middle of the restaurant. The chefs prepare all the dishes to order in front of your eyes. Everyone can have their meals prepared to

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their own personal preference. Favourite dishes can be created, and then individually refined. The herb garden and the fresh herbs on the tables are not just for decoration, but to offer the special taste that every dish deserves. Diners can see how the pasta and sweets are freshly made each day in the glassed-in kitchen in the centre of the eatery. The pizza dough, sauces, dressings and pesto are all prepared in-house and guaranteed to be made of the finest ingredients. Vapiano combines the pleasure of enjoying good food and having it served the way you like it. It is located in City Centre Bahrain, and everyone is welcome to dine in. It launches a new special menu every two months, as it’s always keen to satisfy all tastes. Join the special celebrations as Vapiano wishes everyone a Happy National Day! Call 17 491-391.

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germanyinbahrain GERMAN ROUND-UP

In Business Together Bahrain and Germany have enjoyed many years of cordial relations and from culture to commerce there is no doubting the European nation’s influence on the island.

BTEA at Seatrade Europe

The German presence is nowhere more obvious than in the motoring sector with manufacturers such as BMW, Mercedes and Porsche having long-standing dealerships in the Kingdom through Euro Motors, Al Haddad Motors and Behbehani Brothers respectively. And though, as we have seen from Birgit’s testimony, many Bahrainis are happy to travel to partake of German medical expertise, there are also plenty of options to access this in Bahrain, such as the German Skin Care Centre, the German Orthopaedic Hospital and the German Medical Centre. German-headquartered international consultancy, Roland Berger, has a regional operation in the Kingdom and, as of 12 months ago, there were around 50 German companies which either have local offices or are engaged in projects here. Some of them may be surprising, such as popular restaurant chain Vapiano, which serves a much-loved Italian menu but is, in fact, German based. Others are more easily recognisable names including BASF, RMA, DHL, SMS Meer, Allianz Global Investors and Agility alongside the new arrival Armacell.

With an eye to increasing trade, a high-level delegation, led by HE Kamal bin Ahmed Mohamed, Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, and HE Khalid Al Rumaihi, chief executive of the Economic Development Board, visited the Transport Logistics exhibition held in Munich earlier this year. Their mission was to showcase the investment opportunities Bahrain offers in this important sector which accounts for seven per cent of GDP and provides 19,000 local jobs. Also this year, a delegation representing the island’s tourism sector attended ITB Berlin, the world’s biggest travel trade show, marketing the destination as a hub for meetings, conferences and events. In September, a delegation from the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority took part in the Seatrade Europe exhibition, held in Germany, to highlight cruise and yachting facilities in the Kingdom. And this month will see a German pavilion at the Bahrain International Defence Exhibition and Conference. For those engaged in bilateral relations, the Language Course Programme of the German Embassy promotes improved communications and there are various other options offered at specialist centres, including Berlitz, across the island. 56 October 2017

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Ministry of Sound The InterContinental Regency Bahrain hosted a Ministry of Sound event at Downtown.

Rajith & Ahmed

DJ John

Buji & Adnan

DJ Dale Castell

Jenny, Mary & May

Kelly & Barry

Hanan & Tina

Jilian & Gelyn

Fathi & Adnan

Buji, Gen, Nancy & Regie

John, Marxie & Jane

1st Birthday Celebration Zachary Advincula Aubin turned one and celebrated a special birthday with family and friends.

Thomas, Zachary & Mikaela

Tony, Monick, Ryan, Thomas, Zachary, Mikaela, Marian, Badet, Trisha & Zelina

Mikaela, Thomas, Zachary, Patricio, John & Patrick

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Ryan & Marian

Eric, Cate, Jayden, Yanni & Mason

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AUTUMN-WINTER 2017 TRENDS

With cooler weather just around the corner, it’s time to dust off those boots (or better still invest in new ones) and upgrade your wardrobe to get fashion ready for the coming months. Get your style inspirations here, as BTM brings you the top trends of the season.

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Gingham and houndstooth re-emerge as season favourites, being a keynote fabric for many couture designers. Go for contemporary silhouettes like tailored jackets and midlength dresses or get quirky by pairing checks with florals for a seriously cool vibe. Coloured checks are a breath of fresh air.

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Paul Smith

How to style: Pair chequered accessories with solid colour outfits for a statement look.

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Ami de Coeur

Longchamp

Paule Ka

Lanvin

Red Hot

Paule Ka

Carolina Herrera

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Paule Ka

How to style: Choose red shoes, bags and accessories for an all-round look, or sizzle up a mundane outfit with scarlet bright accessories.

Carolina Herrera

Head-to-toe scarlet, burgundy and cerise looks are all the rage on the runway, defining it as one of the biggest trends for Autumn-Winter 17. Carolina Herrera and Paule Ka both had the catwalks ablaze with this fiery colour.

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Tailor-Made

Power suits have made a major comeback. Sleek, tailored looks with leather trimmings, tassles or chiselled buttons guarantee head turns. Look uber feminine with floral prints in luxe fabrics like raw silk. Opt for ankle-length booties or knee-length boots for the cooler months.

Ingie Paris

Tory Burch

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How to style: Wear a double-breasted suit jacket over a plain white collared shirt and accessorise with a leather bag and boots.

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Paule Ka

Purificacion Garcia

acion Purific Alice + Olivia

Several designers took inspiration from peppy colours and artful motifs, combining chic with whimsy. The dreamy, nostalgic looks are a fun take on the symbolism associated with Matryoshka dolls.

Garcia

Doll Up

Rene Caovilla

CHMules

Tory Burch

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Tory Burch

How to style? Pick artsy dresses and suits with matching accessories, often printed with flowers, lace, and rainbow-hued embroidery.

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MOTORING

A DRIVE TO REMEMBER CHARLIE HOLDING With its long, winding roads and majestic mountains, Turkey proved the ideal place to put this new model through its paces.

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hen I test drive cars in Bahrain it’s fun but it gets a little formulaic. I acquaint myself with the controls, cruise from one familiar place to another, navigate pretty much the same streets and, finally, I try to find a new place to take some pictures – which is challenging on a small island. So, it was a literal breath of fresh air when I was invited to Turkey to drive the new Volvo XC60. After a few hours on a plane, a couple more in an airport lounge, and another brief flight, I had arrived. The weather was absolutely beautiful. It was warm but not humid and there was a gentle breeze that lingered all day long – perfect for a test drive. The other motoring journalists and I were picked up by an entourage of sleek new XC60s and driven to brunch at Yuvarlakcay. It’s a beautiful river located in the Topgozu Canyon – between the provinces of Koycegiz and Ortaca – that feeds off the snowy waters of the mountain range. 60 October 2017

After sampling some local dishes, I couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel of this premium SUV. The time had come. To say that Volvo has come a long way over the past decade is an understatement. Long gone are the days when the marque was regarded as a nothing more than a safe choice. Don’t get me wrong, these cars are still incredibly safe (more on that later) but they have been revamped, redesigned and are honestly some of the best-looking models on the market right now. The XC60’s exterior has an athletic sculpture with a subtle, timeless quality. The interior is a masterful composition of well-resolved architecture, quality materials and the very latest technology – all beautifully blended together. It was an hour and a half drive to the Golden Key Bördübet hotel and, despite being worn out from travelling, I was eager to hit the road. I did have a slight issue connecting my iPod via Bluetooth, but that might have been because the language was set to Turkish! After a relatively simple swap over, this stunning SUV

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was telling me where to go – very politely I might add. The sound system is worth bragging about too. All drivers know how important the right soundtrack is to a roadtrip, so decent speakers are an absolute must. The XC60’s sound was crystal clear, very loud and had plenty of base – just the way I like it. The route took us along the highway, through some country lanes and, eventually, up a series of cliffs. Some of the roads on the way to the top had no barriers and looming edges that, although beautiful, evoked great caution. After a good night’s sleep, I was up early and excited to get back behind the wheel for the next leg of the roadtrip. When you’re facing a 200km drive, comfort is essential. Luckily for me the seats in the XC60 were great and provided my poor old back with plenty of support and with room to stretch out. For anyone not lucky enough to have visited Turkey, I highly recommend it. The roads are fantastic for driving thanks to the seemingly endless stretches. It also proved a perfect www.bahrainthismonth.com


location to test the way this model handles. Some of the turns on route along the coastline were precarious at best and the blind corners and hairpins are almost as abundant as the stunning scenery. My XC60 never faltered, not once – I wish I could say the same for myself. While the locals appeared to take corners with Lewis Hamilton-esque speed, I was quite happy to take my time. This model definitely has the power to surprise. With four variants available, you can pick an option that suits you best and, believe me, whichever you choose, you’ll love it. I spent the majority of my time in the AWD T6, which boasts a powerful 320bhp engine. The torque, throttle response and steering left nothing to be desired, and, trust me, when you put your foot down you hurtle along with gusto. We made our way to Akyaka, an unspoilt village regarded as one of the must-visit destinations in the coastal province. Slightly off the beaten track, it proved a good opportunity to take in some scenery before stopping for lunch. After a driver swap, we were off again on the next leg of the journey for a coffee break at Sakar Hill, a historic location prominent during the Ottoman Empire reign in the 1520s, which was used by the army led by Kanuni Sultan Suleyman on their route to their Rhodes conquest. Getting there requires effort – that’s putting it mildly. Uphill and off-road, I got the chance to really push the all-wheel drive capabilities of this SUV and it lived up to my expectations. Gravelly paths, moderately steep climbs and equivalent descents were no problem for the XC60 – save for getting a little dirty. www.bahrainthismonth.com

When we reached the top, the view was breathtaking. A vast expanse surrounds the lapping waters below and it proved to be a tranquil experience. As we got back into the cars to make our way back to the hotel, I had a chance to play around with the on-board tech, which was great fun. The Sensus infotainment system in this vehicle is state-of-the-art to say the least. Intuitive and simple to use, it’s among the finest I’ve ever experienced, and the fact that the nine-inch screen is laid out vertically rather than horizontally definitely adds to the appeal. Although the XC60 I drove was packed with a plethora of lifesaving technology, it was fortuitous I didn’t have to use it. There is far too much to mention, but one of the highlights is a

new safety system called Oncoming Lane Mitigation, which uses Steer Assist to help avoid head-on collisions. The Blind Spot Indication System also utilises Steer Assist to reduce the risk of lane-changing collisions. Add to this an abundance of airbags and meticulous attention to structural integrity and it’s clear that Volvo is on track for its plan to have zero fatalities in its cars by 2020. The last leg of the journey took us back up the twisting mountains to the hotel. When we arrived the sun had sadly set – figuratively and literally – on my time with the beautiful XC60. What an experience! Motorcity is the Kingdom’s Volvo dealer. Call 17 736-222 to book a test drive.

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EURO MOTORS

The Custom Connection This world-renowned marque has been creating individual motoring masterpieces for a quarter of a century. Offering sheer driving pleasure at its most exclusive, BMW Individual produces unique cars that are designed in accordance with its customers’ wishes and expectations. Since its establishment in 1992, BMW Individual has enjoyed very close connections with its customers. The possibilities are almost infinite – the personalisation itself is very simple. The portfolio of BMW Individual has just the right range for every customer looking for that something special. The collection encapsulates perfectly coordinated features, which are aligned with the character of the respective BMW series: from special paintwork, leathers and interior trims, to selected alloy wheels or coolers. The customer is the designer of their car. Whether interior or exterior, golden door handles or the family crest on the headrest – almost every wish can come true. The only prerequisite being that the customised manufacture must not contradict safety requirements, qualities typical of the brand or legal requirements. And BMW Individual consistently demonstrates its capability with extra ­special models that are a result of collaboration with hand­picked partners. Limited editions, often manufactured as unique pieces, get to the heart of the potential and passion of the BMW 62 October 2017

Individual employees. On the 25th anniversary, the BMW Individual M760Li, inspired by Nautor’s Swan, makes its debut. Another milestone in the history of the factory based in Garching, just outside Munich. The history of BMW Individual goes back 25 years. In 1992, it was none other than designer Karl Lagerfeld who sketched the first drafts of a personalised BMW. He also received delivery of the first custom­-made BMW, a 750iL in two­ tone paint, black at the bottom and silver on top, with a fine green line separating the two colours. The interior coverings were made out of the fabric from Karl Lagerfeld’s briefcase at that time. From the front passenger seat, which was Lagerfeld’s favourite place to sit, he had access to a fax machine among other things. This was the green light for BMW Individual –

and accordingly for the first manufacture of personalised cars in the entire industry. From the outset, BMW Individual championed the highest quality and the fulfilment of any customer’s wishes. On the one hand, the launch of BMW Individual was a response to the continuing trend of making an individual statement in all spheres of life, and on the other hand it was an expression of the BMW brand’s commitment to and passion for that something special. BMW Individual soon became part of BMW M GmbH, which specialised in everyday high­performance vehicles, and still trades under this umbrella. In 1996, four years after the debut of the first BMW Individual car, the range was refined further. The cross ­series BMW Individual www.bahrainthismonth.com


collection in the form of paintwork, leathers and interior trims was unveiled. Added to this was sophisticated technology; with the rear seat entertainment, including TV/DVD, BMW Individual was a front­runner in the industry, and, with the integration of an Internet connection in the car, was among the pioneers of vehicle digitalisation. In addition, BMW Individual has offered customers holistic vehicle design since 2001. Depending on the series, it arranges carefully matched individual compositions, thereby enabling particularly convenient personalisation, which is now available for almost every BMW model. With the offering from the BMW Individual Manufaktur, each customer can still design their very own BMW. The possibilities are almost without limit. In previous decades, numerous royal families and celebrities have made use of the service and discretion of the BMW Individual Manufaktur – and so have aficionados of the BMW brand and people who want to add a personal touch to sheer driving pleasure and enjoy it to the full. In 2015, BMW Individual introduced the BMW Individual 7 Series Augmented Reality app. Its purpose was not only to provide information, but primarily to help customers give their BMW that personal, unique touch. The same year, the app received the Red Dot Award: Communication Design. For many customers, the BMW Individual experience begins with the selection of their own personalisation options. The BMW Individual app offers valuable assistance during this process. It is available for iOS and Android and allows the user to discover all the options within the BMW Individual Collection, experience materials interactively, and display a realistic impression of the countless combinations available on a tablet or smartphone. Featuring an innovative design, it also offers an insight into the options available from the BMW Individual Manufaktur. This way, you can experience something that does not yet actually exist. Added to this are the particularly elaborate special models and unique specimens with which BMW Individual consistently demonstrates its full potential. These projects arise in cooperation with other companies, for example with the grand piano makers Steinway & Sons, the silverware specialists Robbe & Berking or the renowned watch manufacturer Girard Perregaux. The most recent example is the BMW Individual M760Li inspired by Nautor’s Swan. Over the past 50 years, the renown of Nautor’s www.bahrainthismonth.com

Swan has spread beyond the world of sailing and is understood to be synonymous with luxurious, high­performance yachts. BMW and the Finnish yacht designer and manufacturer share a partnership of many years’ standing. The two brands appear together at prestigious regattas such as ‘Les Voiles de Saint­Tropez’. This cooperation has produced a one­-off model to celebrate the 25th anniversary of BMW Individual, combining the best of both worlds. The result: the BMW top model M760Li xDrive V12 Excellence, inspired by a glamorous sailing yacht. A brief glance is enough to reveal the yachting inspiration behind the model, with some elements being produced by hand at the yacht maker’s workshop in western Finland. These include teak panels with joints filled precisely with a fine layer of rubber. This carbon­-bonded wooden component graces the boot floor in the BMW Individual M760Li inspired by Nautor’s Swan. The boot is also intricately fitted out in Alcantara Smoke White. The interior trims, entry sills and floor mats are also made with teak and have been produced by Nautor’s Swan. You can feel and see the yachting flair in every inch. This is enhanced by the presence of the Finnish brand’s insignia. The Nautor’s Swan signet is stitched into the headrests and cushions. It also adorns the sun visors and interior trims made of European oak on the driver’s side and the central console. The cooperation between the two brands is also apparent on the exterior. The brake calipers on the BMW Individual M760Li, which are exclusively finished in the same colour as the car, each bear a sublime relief Swan logo and the boot lid bears the company’s arrow motif. Based on the BMW M760Li xDrive luxury limousine, the starting point for such a special car was the already impressive BMW M760Li xDrive V12 Excellence. It has an exterior finished in the special BMW Individual colour damask red and a two-­tone fine­-grain Merino leather

interior in smoke white and Criollo brown. The same is true of other features finished in leather, such as the footrests in the back of the car. BMW Individual takes the full leather interior to the next level, integrating top­-quality BMW leather varieties into the trims for the A and B pillars, seat trims, door sills and the side covers for the instrument panel. The vehicle manual is also produced inside the Manufaktur and bound in Criollo brown Merino leather. The BMW Individual M760Li inspired by Nautor’s Swan special model is just as impressive on the road. An M Performance TwinPower Turbo 12-cylinder petrol engine provides plenty of drive. A cubic capacity of 6.6 litres allows the engine to perform at 448kW/610hp and provides maximum torque of 800Nm. The high­-performance engine lets the car accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds. In conjunction with the modern eight-gear Steptronic Sport transmission, the matchless characteristics of the V12 engine provide plenty of sporty yet controlled thrust. The innovative Executive Drive Pro chassis system also combines remarkable driving dynamism with maximum driving comfort. As you would expect from such a high­quality car, the on­board technology is also state­-of­-the­-art. Semi­ automated driving, touch display and BMW Gesture Control are just three of the technical highlights of this unique part of BMW’s history. The BMW Individual M760Li inspired by Nautor’s Swan debuted at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September. October 2017 63


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Brand Ranking Rise

MINI is a statement of personal style and inspires customers all over the world with constant reinvention through attractive products, innovation, authenticity and distinctive brand communications. This enthusiasm is reflected in the latest Best Global Brands ranking compiled by the global consultancy Interbrand. The value of the MINI brand rose once again this year to more than USD5 billion. The innovative premium manufacturer climbed to number 87 in the ranking – a major jump considering that in 2014 it had yet to break into the top 100. The strong growth in brand value stems from systematic implementation of the brand realignment announced in 2015. Design, authenticity and intrinsic value define the new brand identity, which is also reflected in the visual appearance and new tonality of communications.

An All-New Experience A brand-new fleet of 2017 Land Rover vehicles has landed at the Kingdom’s Land Rover Experience (LRE) centre with the All-New Discovery joining the line-up for the first time. Euro Motors, the exclusive Jaguar Land Rover dealer in the Kingdom, announced the renewal of the fleet located at the LRE at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC). The new line-up will offer drivers the opportunity of experiencing the aweinspiring capabilities of the latest iterations of “the best SUVs in the world”. The fleet includes one Range Rover Sport, one Range Rover Evoque, one Land Rover Discovery Sport and four All-New Discovery vehicles, each with its own strengths and unique characteristics. Euro Motors GM, Stephen Lay, says: “With the renewal of the fleet, LRE customers can now enjoy the immense power and capability of our 2017 models. Furthermore, with the pioneering inclusion of the All-New Discovery in our latest fleet, LRE customers are now given the unique opportunity to get their hands on the most versatile SUV ever built and experience it in all its glory.”

An Environmental Pathway Car maker Hyundai is taking a leading role in the transition towards a more environmentally sustainable motor industry, by creating a practical path forward in moving from fossil fuels to electric vehicles that will suit a wide range of worldwide markets. While there is now a consensus in the motor industry that electric vehicles will dominate the future, Hyundai’s head of operations for Africa and the Middle East, Mike Song, says there is a tendency for companies to focus too heavily on a limited choice of technologies. As a result, the products in development may not be suitable for all markets, or all uses. Hyundai is taking a different approach. Instead of committing to one form of technology, the Korean company is now manufacturing models using four different approaches to electric power: fully electric, hybrid, plug-in and hydrogen fuel cell. The company has been testing various electrified drivetrains for more than 25 years, has been offering hybrids as part of its international product line-up since 2009, and was the first company to offer a production fuel-cell model when it released the Tucson FCEV in 2014. Last year it launched its first dedicated eco-car platform, the IONIQ. In another world first, the IONIQ is the only production car engineered for 64 October 2017

a selection of hybrid, plug-in or fully electric drivetrains. “Of the current technologies, hydrogen is the only one that matches the convenience of petrol or diesel for quick refuelling, but it requires a big investment in infrastructure, and is more expensive,” says Mike Song. “Fully electric vehicles need long periods of downtime to recharge their batteries, while hybrids offer reduced emissions vehicles rather than no emissions. “What we need to drive the transition is a diverse range of technologies to meet a diverse range of uses and budgets.” www.bahrainthismonth.com


A Classic Updated Bentley Motors has announced full details of its new Continental GT, the definitive Grand Tourer. Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Britain, the new third-generation Bentley Continental GT combines spirited, focused performance with handcrafted luxury and cutting-edge technology, to create the finest Grand Tourer ever produced. Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, says: “Bentley has been at the forefront of luxury Grand Touring for nearly 100 years. The new, thirdgeneration Continental GT is the pinnacle of our design and engineering achievements and marks the next step in Bentley’s journey. “We are the world leader in luxury mobility

and our products and services define new luxury in the automotive world. The new Continental GT encapsulates our desire to innovate as well as celebrate our heritage and take the Bentley ownership experience to the next, unparalleled level.” The new model includes a revolutionary Bentley rotating display and digital instrument

Raising the Electric Bar Nissan has introduced the next evolution of its zero-emission electric vehicle, the LEAF. The vehicle has been completely reinvented, combining greater range with a dynamic new design and advanced technologies, which represent Nissan’s technological leadership. “The new Nissan LEAF drives Nissan Intelligent Mobility, which is the core brand strategy for Nissan’s future,” says Hiroto Saikawa, president and chief executive officer of Nissan. “The new Nissan LEAF, with its improved autonomy range, combined with the evolution of autonomous drive technology, such as ProPILOT Park, and the simple operation of the e-Pedal, strengthens Nissan’s EV leadership, as well as the expansion of EVs globally. It also has core strengths that will be embodied by future models.” The car offers a range of 400km, allowing drivers to enjoy a safer and longer journey. The new e-powertrain gives the new Nissan LEAF 110kW of power output and 320Nm of torque, improving acceleration and driver enjoyment. The new model adapts ProPILOT autonomous drive technology, used during single-lane driving on the highway.

panel; the enhanced version of the renowned 6.0-litre W12 TSI engine delivers 635 PS (626bhp) and 900Nm (664 lb.ft.) going from 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds (0-60mph in 3.6 seconds); a top speed of 333km/h (207mph) and dual-clutch, eight-speed transmission for faster, more efficient performance.

It also offers ProPILOT Park which can take control of steering, acceleration, braking, shift changing and the parking brake to automatically guide it into a parking spot. The revolutionary e-Pedal technology lets drivers start, accelerate, decelerate and stop by increasing or decreasing the pressure applied to the accelerator. When the accelerator is fully released, regenerative and friction brakes are applied automatically, bringing the car to a complete stop. The car holds its position, even on steep uphill slopes, until the accelerator is pressed again. And on the outside the new LEAF boasts a sleek silhouette and “cool tech attitude”.

Chance of a Lifetime Infiniti is giving a young Middle East engineer a life-changing career opportunity with the Renault Sport Formula One Team. Jordanian Yazan Alhindawi is an engineering student who is studying and living in the UAE. He is the Middle East winner of the INFINITI Engineering Academy 2017. Having been selected from thousands of entries and beating nine other finalists from around the region, 24-year-old Yazan will move to the UK this month for a unique career opportunity, complete with travel, accommodation, access to an Infiniti www.bahrainthismonth.com

company car, a salary and the possibility to work alongside world-leading engineers at the cutting edge of the automotive and motorsport industries. Yazan, who is a mechanical engineering graduate and currently enrolled in a Masters in health, safety and environment at the Petroleum Institute, will spend six months working at the Renault Formula One Team’s Technical Centre in the UK at Enstone and six months working at Infiniti’s European Technical Centre at Cranfield. October 2017 65


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

Mini Jellyfish Tank Standing at approximately 22cm tall and 7cm wide, this tank can fit easily on your office desk. The triple LEDs light up the tank in three different colours and the motorised jellyfish float realistically. Available at www. thegadgetflow.com

Samsung Galaxy Note8 Samsung Gulf Electronics has introduced the much anticipated Galaxy Note8 in Bahrain. Amongst its key features are a bigger Infinity Display that fits comfortably in one hand, an S Pen to communicate in more personal ways, and Samsung’s best-ever smartphone camera to capture stunning photos. The Galaxy Note8 costs BD355 and comes in three distinct colours: midnight black, orchid grey and maple gold. Available at leading retailers.

Blackboard Brew Coated with a chalkboard surface and supplied with chalk, you can write messages to your co-workers or even how you take your tea. It’s easy to wipe clean so you can write a new message as often as you like. Available at www.red5.co.uk

Wall-Climbing Car This gadget is the perfect electronic gift and will provide hours of fun. You are able to drive on the floor/wall/ceiling and have the ability to steer right, left, forwards and backwards. Use the headlights to see where you’re going and to light up your path, too. Available at www.red5.co.uk

Tony Hawk Circuit Boards RC Skateboard Deck Kids of all ages can unleash their skateboarding potential by choosing between two different types of play: traditional fingerboard style or switching on the power axle and taking off with the infrared two channel remote control. Available at www.amazon.co.uk

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Millennium Falcon Multi-Tool This mini model boasts features such as a screwdriver, bottle opener, ruler and even a wire stripper. Made from sturdy stainless steel, this cool-looking Star Wars Multi-Tool is lightweight and slim in design so that it can fit into your wallet or pocket with ease. Available at www.thegadgetflow.com

RC Motorbike Speed Devil This high-speed bike can race around at speeds of 10kmph without tipping over like most RC bikes do thanks to its mechanical stabilisation system. It works on a 2.4GHz frequency featuring adjustable speed levels, LED head and tail lights, full front and rear suspension as well as a rollover bar. It runs on four AA batteries and can be charged by USB. Available at www.thinkgeek.com

EasyLock

iMagic A great starter kit for the budding magician, iMagic brings magic into the 21st century with its cool smartphone app to help you with your illusions and magic tricks. Interactive card tricks with morphing cards allow you to seemingly pull things out of your phone screen and wow your friends. Available at www.amazon.co.uk

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The EasyLock can travel with you anywhere – it’s a temporary, lightweight, stainless steel door lock that can be carried around in your pocket or bag. You can utilise this gadget wherever you need some security or privacy and the door opens inwards. It also has the ability to partially open the door to see who is outside whilst retaining the security of the lock. Available at www. amazon.co.uk

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music

Neil Young – Hitchhiker What’s the story?

Recorded over the course of one lazy, hazy day in Malibu in 1976, Hitchhiker was never bootlegged, or even spoken about. Neil Young first let its existence be known in 2014, when he mentioned a 1976 solo acoustic session recorded with long-time producer David Briggs that was “a complete piece”. Most of the songs from that complete piece drifted out in different versions over the years, but now the full session sees the light of day in 2017.

Worth a listen?

Although Young is correct when he claims Hitchhiker is a “complete piece” – it sustains a dusky sweetness from beginning to an end — it is certainly not a polished album. Often, it feels as if Young is singing with no intention of his music being heard by a wider audience, but the presence of Briggs at the board means this doesn’t sound like a ragged demo. Instead, Hitchhiker holds together as a mood piece, an album where Young slowly reckons with a new dawn after surviving a hectic mid-’70s. It is the epilogue to his Ditch Trilogy, the descent into darkness that began with 1973’s Time Fades Away and ended with 1975’s Tonight’s the Night, an album where the melancholy undercurrent never overwhelms the suggestion of cautious optimism. This delicate tone is what separates Hitchhiker from those works, with Young still not certain if he’s exorcised those demons, and that unease gives just enough complexity to the album’s soothing ebb and flow.

Verdict: A superb comeback shines bright.

Shorts

The National – Sleep Well Beast

Tori Amos – Native Invader

The National never seem in a hurry to reach their destination, but there’s a sense of quiet urgency on Sleep Well Beast, their seventh album. Sleep Well Beast draws attention to itself through the occasional squall of noise (The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness) and rushed tempo (Turtleneck), but also through an expanded sonic palette. Electronics are used for texture and shade, vocal harmonies glide through the mix, pianos anchor a couple of tunes – all subtle gradients within The National’s recognisable formula, but they’re enough to give Sleep Well Beast a distinct character. While Sleep Well Beast offers more than its fair share of hushed moments – The National design their music to be lean-in listening.

A decade after the release of her most politically outspoken album, a reinvigorated Tori Amos once again takes aim at the state of the world on her 15th album, Native Invader. One of Amos’ tightest and most digestible efforts, it’s a standout in her late-era catalogue, featuring instant classics like the epic Reindeer King and the surprising thrill of Up the Creek. Native Invader was influenced by political turmoil on American soil – this time following the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Romantic heartbreak aside, the most devastating personal moment arrives on Mary’s Eyes, about Amos’ mother, who was left unable to communicate after a stroke.

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Jack Johnson – All the Light Above It Too Like the son of a surfer he is, Jack Johnson never makes any of his music sound hard, yet All the Light Above It Too, his seventh studio set, almost seems like it will drift away on the slightest breeze. Blame its lightness on Johnson’s determination to make this album a series of 10 barely dressed demos. Sometimes, this sparseness accentuates Johnson’s knack for tunes that sound like charming singalong ditties, and this deliberate skeletal crew also means that when a song gets a fuller arrangement, it grabs your attention.

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games

Games Review Game: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Rating:

What is it?

Led by fan-favourite character, Chloe Frazer, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is a standalone chapter covering unseen aspects of the Uncharted saga. In order to recover a fabled ancient Indian artefact and keep it out of the hands of a ruthless war profiteer, Chloe must enlist the aid of renowned mercenary Nadine Ross. Together, they’ll venture deep into the mountains of India in search of the legendary Verdict: An action-packed thrilling ride. artefact. Along the way, they’ll learn to work together to unearth the mystery of the artefact, fight their way through fierce opposition, and prevent the region from announcing the location of unseen enemies, or using weapons to falling into chaos. attack enemies.

Gameplay:

The game is played in the series’ signature third-person style, using the wide array of firearms, melee combat and stealth in Chloe’s arsenal to defend against hostile enemies. Chloe is physically adept and is able to jump, sprint, climb, swim, swing and perform other acrobatic actions to traverse the wide selection of environments. Players’ companions are also controlled by the artificial intelligence, and can assist in combat by throwing objects at threats to stun them,

F1 2017

Win the 2017 World Championship, break every record in the fastest ever F1 cars, and race some of the most iconic F1 cars of the last 30 years. The game sports an even deeper 10-year ‘career’, more varied gameplay in the new ‘Championships’ mode, and a host of other new features, both online and offline. There’s also an expanded team management mode, which offers players more control over research and development of car parts. Engine components and gearboxes are subject to wear and will ultimately fail, with players receiving grid penalties for exceeding their quota of components. www.bahrainthismonth.com

Graphics:

Visually, The Lost Legacy’s depiction of India is as stunning as expected, with amazing jungle vistas and bustling urban environments. In fact, puzzle solutions often require careful observation of the world around you for environmental clues, such as the way specific light sources cast shadows. The game knows how to draw your eye towards the smallest detail, which is a testament to the art, lighting and camera work in cinematics.

Knack II

The little guy with surprising moves and the ability to transform from big to small and back again is back. Experience new moves, couch co-op multiplayer, vibrant environments, and fun-filled combat in this classic-style action platformer. With more than 20 moves, including flying kicks, boomerang attacks, powerful body slams, a barrage of multipunches, and parrying enemy attacks, Knack will continue to expand his skillset as players progress throughout the game.

Life is Strange: Before the Storm

Life is Strange: Before the Storm is a threepart, standalone adventure set three years before the first game in the award-winning franchise. You play as sixteen-year old Chloe Price who forms an unlikely friendship with Rachel Amber, a beautiful and popular girl destined for success. When Rachel learns a secret about her family that threatens to destroy her world, it is her newfound friendship with Chloe that gives her the strength to carry on. No longer alone, the girls must confront each other’s demons and together find a way to overcome them. October 2017 69


websites VERDICT: A different take on your Internet news feed.

Karin & Hanan

InterNations Event

InterNations Manama held a DJ night at Thai Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain. DJ Alina

Christiaan & Jean Paul

Site: www.sploid.gizmodo.com Rating: What is it?

Sploid is a bizarre news and lifestyle interest blog that features astonishing science and nature. Watch video footage of surreal weather anomalies, gravity-defying human achievements, incredible gadgets and scientific wonders.

The Good: Olga & Surangi

Waldo & Soufiane

Sploid is absolutely a mesmerising visual experience. Whether it’s the cool videos showcasing a variety of stunts and otherworldly science mysteries, or daft images to make you laugh, this is definitely a more exciting way to spend your Internet browsing time. You’ll lose endless lunch breaks to this fascinating site.

The Bad:

While there’s a steady stream of new content, the archiving system needs some work. It’s very difficult to find a previous article you’ve read, without scrolling back through numerous pages. The search function is also ropey, with it not recognising key words that you’d expect it to.

Leo & Thys

Sarfraz, Shafeeka, Tibetan & Rizwan

Ahmed & Farny

www.thechive.com

The Chive is a photo and video blog of the wacky, insane, and the curious. From absurd photobombs to thoughtinspiring landscapes, The Chive delivers on addictive appeal. While much of the content caters to postadolescents and college-aged youths, there is a definite broader appeal for anyone who likes curious news.

www.attackofthecute.com Attack of the Cute is a crowd-pleaser! This is a photo blog, where readers everywhere contribute pictures of their cute pet cats, dogs, ferrets, rabbits, or of animals they discovered at the zoo. The images are all family-friendly and you’ll spend many hours getting that furry, fuzzy feeling.

Mahmood, Nicole, Armin & Jan

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apps

Apps Review BTM brings you the low-down on the latest and greatest apps on the market.

What is it?

Sky Guide shows you the locations of stars, planets and constellations through an AR-like interface. Simply point the phone in any direction, and your display will show you the names of the stars and planets that you can see.

The Good:

This app is indispensable for astronomers and those interested in Space. It eliminates the need to pore over charts or look up constellations on Google. It’s fun, interactive, and intuitive to use. The amount of information and the overall look and feel within the app are unmatched.

App: RescueTime Rating: Verdict: The perfect app for astronomers. App: 1Password

Remembering a unique password for every app and service you use is a nearly impossible task, and you should be using unique passwords. 1Password’s new mobile version syncs with the desktop app to help keep your accounts safe by creating and storing a different secure password for all the services you use – all you have to remember is one password. 71 October 2017

The Bad:

There should be an option to add some transparency to the sky overlay, taking advantage of the camera to augment reality and help line up viewable objects. There are also some extra features locked behind a paywall.

App: Unclouded

Unclouded allows you to view and manage the files in all your cloud storage services, such as Dropbox or OneDrive. Having all your cloud accounts in one place is very useful, especially when you can navigate between them as easily as this. www.bahrainthismonth.com


movies

Divya & Cristina

Black Light Night

VERDICT: A creepy, frightening experience.

GroundRULEZ held a Black Light Night party at Ibrida. DJ Swif & DJ Hitch

Film: IT Rating: Natalia & Emily

Directed by: Andy Muschietti Starring: Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard

The Plot:

In the Town of Derry, Maine, the local kids are disappearing one by one, leaving behind bloody remains. In a place known as ‘The Barrens’, a group of seven kids are united by their horrifying and strange encounters with an evil clown and their determination to kill It. James, Rohan, Muralu & Divya

Michael, Sooz, Sarah & Ahmed

Ahmed & Omar

Worth Watching?

If you are expecting to watch IT and have the living daylights frightened out of you, then it succeeds on every level. Bill Skarsgård totally nails his performance as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, with his line delivery down pat, the combination of cajoling and creepy enhanced with large, glowing eyes boring into your soul. Director Muschietti has cast a wonderful group of teens to play the pubescent warriors who face off against Pennywise, with their loudmouthed wisecracks giving way to wide-eyed terror as they each face off against their deepest fears. IT is beautifully shot, with a mixture of practical and digital effects that will have you running for the exit.

Rose

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Gustavo, Nailya, Simba, Aspen & Nadeem

Saleh, Omi & Meme

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Malik

Charlie & Tony

Six young ninjas, Lloyd, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Nya, are tasked with defending their island home, called Ninjago. By night, they’re gifted warriors, using their skills and awesome fleet of vehicles to fight villains and monsters. By day, they’re ordinary teens struggling against their greatest enemy – high school.

Jigsaw

The latest instalment in the Saw franchise sees bodies turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one man: John Kramer. But how can this be? The man known as Jigsaw has been dead for over a decade. www.bahrainthismonth.com


italiandining

Eat Your Way to Italy The island is awash with fantastic Italian eateries. BTM brings you a comprehensive round-up of where to get your pasta and pizza fix.

Bahrain is known for its thriving, ever-expanding dining scene. A plethora of restaurants, serving almost every cuisine imaginable, are dotted all around town. The simplicity of the flavours combined with the versatility of the ingredients lend Italian food a special charm, making it a favourite amongst diners. Several preparation styles and a clever use of produce can make this cuisine evolve into something distinct. There are many establishments on the island that proudly serve gastronomic delights from various regions of Italy. Whether you fancy devouring a doughy pizza festooned with delectable toppings, a satiating bowl of carb-rich pasta, or a cheesy treat of sorts, there

are plenty of places you can head to, based on your preferred neighbourhood. For a quick in-and-out experience, head to American Alley in Juffair. It has Romano’s Macaroni Grill and Red Sauce, among others. A couple of streets away is the upmarket Cucina Italiana at Al Safir Hotel, known for its scintillating dÊcor and dishes. The restaurant will be holding its popular Italian MasterChef competition for amateur cooks to showcase their culinary skills, in the first quarter of 2018. With a unique concept and a plethora of flavours, Pizza by Mr Slice at the Juffair Grand Hotel is a firm favourite of food lovers from all walks of life. The all-day diner Level 5 at the Atiram Premier Hotel offers authentic favourites, such as Penne Arrabbiata, Fettucini

La Pergola

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Mondo

Alfredo and Risotto Primavera. Bahrain’s first ever Italian restaurant, La Taverna, which boasts deliciously authentic dishes on its menu, has been relocated to the beautiful Coral Bay Resort. Tucked away in the residential area of Umm Al Hassam, Roma’s sophisticated interior is matched by exceptional cuisine. Casa Di Bibo combines Mexican zest with Italian cookery for a delightful result. The fine dining apex of the Kingdom nestles in Block 338, Adliya, also home to some elegant Italian eateries. On the other side of the block lies a small locality with a surprising number of fashionable restaurants. One of them is Café Italia, which continues to please palates with a fresh take on traditional eats coupled with a chic atmosphere. A few steps away stands Oliveto, a strikingly lustrous venue with a hefty menu selection with both classic and modern dishes. Tucked away from all the bustle lies Mino’s, in a corner, which has some great offers on its eats, throughout the week. A short drive from there takes you to Cico’s, an eatery operating for over 35 years, which still garners a huge fan following. La Pergola at The Gulf Hotel promises an upscale experience with an alluring variety of beautifully presented fare. Masso, the brainchild of chef Susy Massetti, is a venue at the Palace Boutique Hotel that guarantees quality, as most of their produce is grown in-house. Another hub for leisure and dining is the Amwaj Lagoon. Relish in exquisite culinary indulgence at Al Forno, or head to Casareccio for the same. Rustic eatery, Rosso, at the ART Rotana in Amwaj Islands is best known for its hand-stretched pizza, and antipasti. For appetising steaks and homemade pasta, head to Medzo at the InterContinental Regency Bahrain. For a truly authentic, yet fine dining experience, Primavera at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain, is your top choice for a sofisticated evening out. A short distance away is City Centre Bahrain, which also houses a great selection of eateries. Check out www.bahrainthismonth.com

Otto

La Taverna

Pastarito to refuel between shopping sprees, or another popular favourite, Vapiano. Its unique concept allows diners to order pastas, pizzas, antipasti and salads directly from the chefs, cooked in front of them, and to their own personal preference. Johnny Carino’s outside Seef Mall offers some yummy delights for all palates, no matter what your penchant. Baci at the World Trade Centre takes the cake for excellently prepared dishes, a dazzling décor, great views and a professional service. Savour creative food with a plush interior at Mondo Bar, Lounge & Restaurant at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa. Recently launched Otto at Hamala Hills has attracted plenty of attention for its wonderful food in a surprisingly short time. Heading further south, Fiamma at the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa is worth a visit, with its ample selections that are sure to tantalise your taste buds. Prego, the award-winning family-friendly Italian restaurant at the Royal Golf Club has a cult following with foodies across Bahrain. For a quick bite and cheat days, fast food joints such as Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Kono Pizza, Roundtable Pizza, Little Caesars, Papa John’s, Pizza Express and Mrs Vanelli’s, all serve tasty grub with speedy delivery. With so many options at hand, all you need to know is what your heart desires — and start exploring! October 2017 75


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BAHRAIN FAMILY LEISURE COMPANY

Ready, Set, Cook! This restaurant in Juffair is inviting amateur chefs yet again to participate in its ever-popular cooking show.

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Kitchen kings and queens can start sharpening their knives as the registration commences for another season of the Italian MasterChef competition at Cucina Italiana, which is scheduled to be hosted in the first quarter of 2018. The award-winning Italian restaurant, located in Juffair, is in its fifth year of the widely liked cooking contest. It first started in 2013 and is now eagerly awaited by budding chefs around the island as their claim to fame. The establishment aims to boost local interest in the gastronomic art of authentic Italian cuisine and has been well received by the Italian Embassy in Bahrain. For the past two years, the Italian ambassador has supported the competition as the guest of honour. The upcoming event is open to all cooking enthusiasts who have not competed previously. Thirty-six contestants will be selected to battle for the crown as they show off their skills through a series of challenges. Last year, all participants were asked to prepare an Italian main course of their choice to become one of the 12 semi-finalists. They then had to create a dish using the ingredients from the mystery box. The top four finalists had a thrilling showdown and the top chef was awarded the coveted black apron, a trophy and an array of tantalising prizes.

Previous winners include Nadeen Kanaan from Jordan in the first year, Kevin Deneeke from USA in the second, Michella Calvaresi from Italy in the third and Paolo Emanuele Vallini from Italy last year. The champions have a way of making the process look easy but the culinary team is asking attendees to watch out for a plethora of surprises from up the executive chef’s sleeve to spice things up. The contestants will have to impress the panel of judges, who are local celebrities from the island’s culinary scene. Scores for each plate will be given based on taste, texture, presentation, authenticity, balance and portioning. Cucina Italiana is a homegrown eatery focusing on freshly cooked homestyle dishes in a uniquely designed restaurant that will transport guests to the heart of Italy. The restaurant brings class and style to casual dining. The food is prepared with only the freshest and finest hand-picked ingredients, maintaining traditional cooking techniques. The fare is made with vegetables, succulent meat, hand-tossed dough and superiorquality tomato sauces. Whether it’s a business lunch, a romantic evening or a friends and family get-together, the venue has something for everyone. Call 17 001-317 or email manager@cucinaitaliana. com.bh to register for the competition. www.bahrainthismonth.com


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BEHNAZ SANJANA This recently opened Greek kouzina, tucked away in Adliya, might just be the right venue to get you in the mood to smash some plates and jump with joy.

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xposed wooden beams and accents punctuate the whitewashed interiors of Attic, beckoning guests to a relaxed yet sophisticated dining experience. The overall ambience of the restaurant is understated, which helps you to loosen up and sink into the comfortable seats, providing the perfect setting for delicious Mediterranean fare, which is just what my dining companion and I were eagerly anticipating. The menu, masterminded by none other than Greek culinary star Akis Petretzikis, is replete with gourmet staples and novel preparations such as moussaka and Beef Giouvetsi. As soon as the hot and cold appetisers arrived, I knew we were in for the real deal – they were rich, flamboyant and hearty. What’s a Grecian meal without tzatziki and eggplant salad? Both these dishes were our delicious prelude to the authentic flavours of Attic. While the Greek Meatballs are a signature starter, the Feta Cheese Pies are a surprising contradiction on the tongue, with the sharpness of the cheese, sweetness of the honey and the heat of the red chilli. Kadaifi Prawns were tender, parceled in crisp filo strings, served with strawberry dressing, and ringlets of fried www.bahrainthismonth.com

calamari arrived with a smear of saffron sauce. The essence of toasted black sesame seeds waft out first from the Spicy Tuna Tartare, followed by the acidity of the balsamic vinegar. Roasted papadums and edible petals with Greek yogurt give the dish a fusion twist. But the star of the table was most definitely the Flaming Cheese Saganaki. Melt-in-yourmouth cheese triangles enveloped in crunch were brought to the table, doused in Ouzo (aniseed flavoured aperitif) and set afire! The yellow-blue flames made the outside crispy and the inside heavenly. The rocket salad proved that healthy doesn’t have to be less tasty. Rocket leaves paired with the mild Manouri cheese, watermelon, walnuts and aged balsamic reduction is beautiful on the palate. After a brief breather, we were presented with the mains – an oval platter of Lamb Kleftiko. This rustic-looking, slow-braised shank of lamb was drenched in rich brown gravy and accompanied with the sweetness of capsicum, baby potatoes and Graviera cheese. The meat fell off the bone no sooner than our forks touched it. Elsewhere on our table, a grilled tentacle of octopus sat pretty on concentric semicircles of

fava bean puree. The freshness of parrot-green lemon oil and the delicately grainy texture of the fava elevated the taste of the meat many notches higher. Bursting at the seams, I secretly resolved that I’d only nibble on dessert, to not let the previous evening’s yoga class go to waste. But alas, such things at Attic are beyond human control. When the Sweet Greek Platter was laid before us, all I could muster was a feeble sigh of surrender before I dug into the decadence. The traditional Loukoumades – mini doughnuts in sticky honey-cinnamon syrup with walnuts and olive oil ice cream – was a pleasant first for me. The Galaktoboureko, a flaky shell filled with semolina custard and the Mastic Mille-feuille, took our senses by surprise. But, by far, the Greek Yogurt Cheesecake and the Chocolate Moelleux stole the show. The former was a light, low-calorie, protein-rich treat, apt for the health conscious, and the latter was a gorgeous chocolate fondant, done just right and oozing deliciousness. All in all, Attic is everything that it promises to be – honest to goodness Hellenic grub that brings people together in true Grecian style. October 2017 77


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FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY

Pink October This leading five-star property is going all out to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Always a big supporter of charities, whether local or international, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay is going pink across all its outlets to raise cash and awareness for Think Pink Bahrain. The Four Seasons Pink Boutique, in a specially prepared alcove in the lobby, will be offering delicacies prepared in the hotel’s kitchens along with pink macaroons and roses daily from 11am to 9pm. Bahrain Bay Kitchen will offer a Pink Brunch throughout October with an extra BD2 appearing per person on the bill going to Bahrain Breast Cancer Society – prices for this are BD25++ with soft drinks and BD35++ with selected beverages. At Bay View Lounge there’ll be a daily Pink High Tea With a View, from 3pm to 9pm. It comprises the usual delectable sandwich, cake and tea offering with an extra BD1 on the bill going to charity. The price is BD15++ for one person or BD28++ for two. In one of the month’s big highlights, Azure pool lounge hosts the Azure Pink Party on October 27, from 9pm to 2am. Always a select affair, these Four Seasons parties introduce great music and a fun atmosphere and, this time, all profits will be going to Think Pink Bahrain. Tickets are BD50 including two drinks. Book a table for six, with a bottle of premium beverage for BD400, or a table for eight, with two bottles, for BD700. Throughout the month guests visiting the pool will be able to enjoy a special pink mocktail at BD4, of which 500 fils goes to Think Pink. The hotel’s famed Wolfgang Puck outlets are also getting in on the act. The popular Blue Moon Lounge,

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on the 50th floor, and CUT Bar & Lounge will be offering the special cocktail Forbidden Kiss or Crackling Rosie mocktail with BD1 from each sale going to Think Pink Bahrain. Pastry chef Pierre Chambon will prepare a special pink dessert for each customer at both CUT and re/ Asian by Wolfgang Puck and the Asian eatery will also host a very special dinner on October 11 featuring a five-course menu paired with high-class, premium bubbly. Priced at BD59 per person, this event will see BD2 per ticket going to Think Pink. The Spa, too, will be offering a range of specials throughout the month, with BD2 from each Chakra Essence Ritual and BD1 for every Chakra Massage Collection treatment or traditional massage being handed over to charity. Chakra Essence Rituals cost BD115 for 120 minutes and include Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Consciousness, Spa and Soul essences. The Chakra Massage Collection, at BD80 for 75 minutes, features Serenity, Peaceful, Vitality and Awakening massages. And the traditional massage selection comprises De-stress, Energise and Tone treatments. The Spa will also be hosting talks by Think Pink founder Julie Sprakel to help increase guest awareness. So, if you’re looking for a chance to do some good at the same time as treating yourself with either great food, good vibes or a luxurious pampering session, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay is the place to be during October. Call 17 115-500. www.bahrainthismonth.com


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dining THE DOMAIN HOTEL AND SPA

Meat Treat

PUJA TIWARI This restaurant promises to whisk you away on a gastronomic voyage filled with mouthwatering, delectable chunks of meat to bring out your inner carnivore.

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Le Sauvage is an elegant grill room and steakhouse that is on my list of the top five fine dining restaurants on the island. This homegrown eatery has been on the scene well before all those pricey purveyors of prime beef came rolling along with their claims of serving the best cuts. The dÊcor impresses with sleek leather seating, minimalist rose gold glass orb chandeliers, a strikingly artful mural and floor-to-ceiling windows with breathtaking views of the Manama skyline – all the elements add a touch of opulence and drama to the place. My dining partner and I took a seat near the window and scanned the shimmering city lights until the waiter came by to take our order. We were there to try the daily Carnivore Combo, which consists of a steak cooked to your preference, with either ribs or local tiger prawns. We went for one of each. A glass of smooth red Californian cabernet grape, incidentally named Carnivor, was poured for us. Our attendant then explained that an unlimited beverage package costs just BD5 additionally. Domain sommelier Chad greeted us soon after and elaborated on our drink, explaining its chocolatey, peppery composition and aroma. Our meal started with a plate of focaccia and pesto for appetisers. The condiment had a slightly bitter hint to complement the soft and flavourful bread. This was followed by a lettuce and tomato salad before the main course. We had no idea all this was included in the package. Two boards with big chunks of meat made their entrance even before being set on the table as their heady, meaty aromas wafted through the air. The plating of each dish was rustic, adding a nice touch to the experience. The ribs were perfectly charred and slightly crisp

with a rare heart lusciously infused with flavour, with a fine, fork-tender texture. The sirloin steak was also wonderfully marbled and cooked just right. Chef Joseph paid us a quick visit to explain how the USDA Black Angus meat is prepped for cooking. First, the rib meat marinates for 12 hours in celery, carrots, onions, different peppers, star anise and cinnamon sticks. Then, it is slow braised in its own liquid for eight hours, and is cooled straight after for five hours. The next step involves slow braising it for four hours at a temperature of 80 degree Celsius. Finally, it is set to rest for four hours before being sealed. The entire process takes around four days. Our jaws dropped when we heard this. To me, it tasted like the best protein I had ever bit into. Joseph also told us that the tiger prawns are caught locally, marinated in dill and garlic-infused olive oil before being cooked for 14 minutes on high and low heat. We finished the rest of our meal in silence, marvelling at the tastes we were experiencing. The food was hearty and memorable. The culinary team has everything down to a science, and the venue is perfect for any occasion. The carnivore promotion runs for BD19.800 per person. Call 16 000-000. www.bahrainthismonth.com


DELMON INTERNATIONAL HOTEL

Best of Both Worlds This popular hotel is offering foodies an unbeatably delicious deal running on weekdays and weekends. Explore the different regions of India through food as the Delmon International Hotel offers the best culinary dishes from the north to the south. A pure vegetarian satvik Gujarati thali is available daily at Al Hamra restaurant for lunch. Sample mouthwatering eats and enjoy a 50 per cent discount on selected beverages in an enviornment of elegant ambience. A chef has been flown in from the Indian state of Gujarat to ensure authentic flavour in every bite. Celebrate your weekend at Café Sayah as it rolls out a delectable Kerala Sadhya at lunch-time every Friday. Experience authentic cuisine prepared by a south Indian chef and enjoy selected drinks at half price. Both deals are priced at BD3 for adults and BD1.900 for kids above eight years of age. Children below five eat for free. Tandoori delights cooked to perfection in a traditional clay oven and the famous Bamboo Biryani is also on offer. Located opposite the gold souq in Manama, the four-star property offers 120 spacious guest rooms and suites with all the facilities required for a great stay. A tranquil oasis in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the capital, it is a short walk from the Bahrain Financial Harbour, Bab Al Bahrain souq and the World Trade Centre. Major malls and other attractions lie in close proximity. The restaurants serve Arabic, continental, English and American fare, among others. Call 17 224-000 or 34 067-052.

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Khullam Khulla with Rishi Kapoor

Mansoor & Dr Ram Vatwani

Ahmed, Pappan & Mohamed

Ritu & Sujit

A special night featuring Rishi Kapoor at his impromptu held at The Crowne Plaza. Rishi Kapoor

Dr Ram Vatwani & Joyes Vatwani

Kiran, Sandhya, Joyes Vatwani, Dr Ram Vatwani & Dr Ravi Avneet

Tyrone & Juliet

Sangeeta & Anita

Harish, Neerja, Shreya, Pradeep & Sarita

Jyoti & Jayshree

Faisal Aldosri, Ahmed Shahim, Yousaf Haji, Dr Ram Vatwani & Ahmed Kalfan

Vinod Kewalram & Sangita Kewalram

Jay, Taral & Mansoor

Ashok, Dr Ram Vatwani, Dr Ravi, Dr Gurpreet, Gopika & Nalan

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Shetty, Sunita, Rekha & Madan

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dining RAMADA MANAMA CITY CENTRE

New Kid on the Block The all-day dining restaurant at this hotel, located in the heart of the retail action in the Seef district, offers a laid-back experience for the senses. Patio, on the first floor of the upscale Ramada Manama City Centre hotel, is a spacious eatery where diners can enjoy spectacular views of the ocean and the city’s skyline. Breakfast is served buffet-style for in-house as well as walk-in guests, while lunch and dinner can be ordered à la carte. The restaurant offers an extensive menu with a focus on modern international cuisine, with Asian, Mexican and French delicacies in the mix. Guests can opt for starters, salads, soups, sandwiches, main course, sides and desserts. Gourmet specialities include steak tips, filet mignon, shrimp scampi, truffle fries and tableside guacamole, which is made fresh to order. There is also a kids’ menu to

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keep little appetites satisfied. To satisfy the sweet tooth, there are some decadent desserts to pick from. Cereal crusted French toast bites, Patio-style cheesecake, frozen hot chocolate or rich tiramisu make for a delicious end to the lavish repast. There is also a broad selection of beverages, ranging from cooling mocktails, granitas and smoothies to heart-warming options like coffee. Keeping in mind the health-conscious trend that has gripped the island, the outlet sports a live juice and detox bar, where you can get your daily fix of detox shots, smoothies and fresh juices. This elite dining place gives off a relaxed, yet elegant vibe, ideal for business lunches, family get-togethers or catching up with friends and colleagues. The venue can accommodate 100 guests at a time. Call 17 104-050.

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Kumar Ashwani and Rocco Santopietro

RAMEE GRAND HOTEL & SPA

Enjoy a Jovial Feast Indulge your taste buds as this five-star hotel celebrates the Indian festive season with a special menu.

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Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa is honouring the Indian festivals of Navratri and Diwali with an exciting menu tailor-made for the occasion. Navratri is a big part of India’s cultural identity, and is celebrated with great splendour and gaiety for nine days in October and November. During this time, devotees fast all day and dance throughout the night with great enthusiasm and joy. The dancers wear bright, colourful clothes and move to hypnotic folk music, resulting in an audio-visual treat for bystanders. Diwali, also known as the ‘Festival of Lights’, is another big event on the calendar, filled with celebratory fireworks and prayers for prosperity and protection. Several speciality sweets are shared between family and friends to mark the day. Kumar Ashwani, director of sales and marketing at the hotel, describes this grand festive season as “a time when old and young look past their differences and come together to observe this auspicious time”. Executive chef Anurag Sinha has come up with an exciting menu for the hotel’s Indian restaurant, Rasoi. It is priced at BD10++ with soft drinks and timehonoured delicacies made with a twist by the culinary team. Every measure has been taken to ensure attention to detail. A live band will be playing traditional Indian songs and some popular favourites to get your feet tapping. The promotion runs from October 19 to 21. “May the joy, cheer, mirth and merriment of this divine festival surround you forever,” says general manager Rocco Santopietro. “We, at Ramee Grand,

hope that this season brightens your lives and brings you a world of happiness.” The hotel is also the official hospitality partner for several major events being hosted throughout the rest of the year. One of them is the Bahrain Jazz Fest, which is the Kingdom’s first international jazz festival showcasing talented artists of the genre from around the world and Bahrain. The region’s most prestigious and popular exhibition, Jewellery Arabia, is another event that has the establishment keenly involved. Ironman 70.3 Middle East Championships Bahrain is also one of Ramee’s partners. It is a prominent sporting event defined by a triathlon combining swimming, cycling and marathon running. Several other restaurants are located within the complex, including Ruka for Japanese delights, Lemon Tree for varied global cuisines and Tea Garden for delicious snacks. A lounge named Red Lions and the nightlife venue Ibrida provide a great atmosphere for those looking to unwind after a long week. The property is within walking distance of Seef Mall and City Centre Bahrain, as well as all the major shopping arcades and local attractions. The hotel offers world-class features and services that include 166 rooms and suites, with exclusive access to the club lounge, a spa, fitness centre and the infinity swimming pool. Call 17 111-999. www.bahrainthismonth.com


THE K HOTEL

Tantalise Your Taste Buds Be it lazy weekends or busy weekdays, this restaurant has got your mealtimes covered. Islanders can tuck into a comforting breakfast every Friday at Kolors restaurant at The K Hotel in Juffair, from 6.30am-10.30am, to savour a wide selection of local and international dishes, eggs to order and fresh juices. This is followed with a scrumptious Friday buffet brunch – perfect to sink into the weekend mood – from noon to 4pm. Executive chef Nitai Chand lays out an appetising combination of traditional recipes with contemporary influences, for BD16.500++ per person, including soft drinks. Selected beverages come with an additional BD7++. Don’t miss out on the restaurant’s Asian specialities, ranging from Japanese sushi, maki, sashimi and prawn tempura to dim sum, succulent grilled Indian tandoori chicken skewers and fresh flatbreads. Live band Duo Totem will keep adults entertained with current chartbusters and

classic tunes from the ‘80s and ‘90s, while kids will stay enthralled with the hilarious clown at the venue. Raise a toast to the weekend with a selection of free-flowing beverages after your brunch at the K Lounge from 3pm–7pm at special discounted rates. A healthy business lunch is served from Sunday to Thursday, from noon to 2.30pm, priced at BD5.500++ per person, including soft drinks and mineral water. Kolors hosts theme nights from Sunday to Thursday, from 7pm-11pm, offering a 50 per cent discount on its popular weekday buffets. Immerse yourself in hearty American culinary specialities at BD6++ instead of BD12++ every Sunday. Relish burgers, steaks, hot dogs and plenty more. Enjoy mouthwatering ribs every Monday night and an Asian-themed buffet night every Wednesday at BD6++ per person. Thursday evenings are all about ‘Flavours of the Gulf’, where tantalising starters, main courses and

desserts, prepared with the finest local ingredients, are served for BD12++. Guests also have free access to Fast Zone – the hotel’s high-speed Wi-Fi. Call 17 360-000.

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Motorcity unveiled the upgraded HINO 500 Series at the Gulf Hotel. Management at the launch

Stefan, Khalid Kanoo & Grant

Bijan, Arun, Waleed Kanoo, Mirela & Gopal

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Yoshiya & Eiji

Renzo & Ahmed

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Arnab, Jure, Luis & Carmen

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dining ATIRAM PREMIER HOTEL

Fit Fare This swanky pub located in Juffair has introduced a light menu to cater to the health-conscious. Trying to stay on track with your fitness goals? Now you can eat your way to them by sampling some delicious food at Atiram Premier’s sports bar, Wembley, which has a new healthy menu. The culinary team has been hard at work designing wholesome eats with premium ingredients, inspired by the personal selection of one of the hotel’s directors. All preferences and palates have been taken into account, resulting in a tantalising variety to choose from. Seafood lovers can opt for the quinoa crab salad, fresh local fish, seafood skewer or an innovative prawn wrap with Cajun spiced Gulf shrimps rolled in tortilla bread. Whole wheat pasta tossed in cherry tomatoes, garlic, herbs and olive oil, and a chicken wrap with avocado puree make for tasty lunch options. All dishes come with a side of grilled vegetables and a fresh salad. Wembley is also the ideal place to watch your favourite matches on large screen projectors and televisions. An array of traditional, hearty pub grub and beverages are available throughout the day. Call 33 640-009.

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Rasin & Marin

Peaches, DJ Santi, Frenchy & Alex

Chris & Laura

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Geo, John, Asia & Jage

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FESTIVE TWIST

When? October 1-31 Event? Curry Promotion Venue? Spices, Crowne Plaza Bahrain Discover zesty, savoury curries for BD4.235 per person. E Call 17 531-532.

Celebrate Oktoberfest in style at Meisei on October 19 with great brews, outstanding food and live entertainment from UK saxophone artist Abi Rose. Guests can enjoy special beverage promotions and, for one night only, the limited edition German Schnitzel Maki! Call 17 007-770.

ENDLESS EATS Teatro at the Downtown Rotana is bringing guests an infinite sushi offer every Tuesday from 6pm-10pm. Enjoy authentic Japanese fare and tempt your senses with the Volcano Maki, Lobster Maki, Crispy California Maki, Rainbow Rolls, Yellow Fin Tuna Sashimi, Salmon Nigiri and more throughout the evening for BD15++ or BD22++ including unlimited beverages. Call 13 119-999.

HEALTHY AND DELICIOUS California-based Z Pizza franchise is offering signature handcrafted bakes to the health-conscious with a new branch in Juffair Mall. Its signature artisan brick oven baked pizzas, made with premium ingredients and fresh produce, provide a healthier option with certified organic tomato sauce and non-GMO flour. The menu also includes a selection of salads, pastas, gourmet sandwiches, succulent wings and ‘Take n Bake’ pizzas, which customers can take home to cook at their leisure. Visit www.zpizzabahrain.com

STARRY SURPRISE Renowned Lebanese celebrity chef, Joe Barza, will be in Bahrain for the first time at the Gulf Hotel Bahrain’s Zahle restaurant from October 24-28. Immerse yourself in a unique dining experience combined with great live entertainment. A master cooking class with Joe is scheduled for October 28, priced at BD39, inclusive of lunch. Call 17 713-000.

AFTERNOON DELIGHTS Gallery Café has introduced an afternoon tea experience, inspired by the celebrated British pastime. Chef Marwan has created a doubletiered box with a selection of both sweet and savoury handmade treats alongside a selection of herbal and classic teas. It is available from Sunday to Friday, 3pm-6pm, priced at BD8++ per person. Call 17 711-600. 88 October 2017

When? Ongoing-November 3 Event? Turkish Food Festival Venue? Saraya, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa Celebrate all the flavours of Turkish cuisine with a buffet and live entertainment. E Call 17 636-363. When? October 6 Event? Grand Brunch Launch Venue? Gulf Hotel Bahrain Enjoy 10 different cuisines and live cooking stations every Friday. E Call 17 713-000. When? October 16-23 Event? Diwali Festive Feast Venue? Baharat, Le Meridien Bahrain City Centre Indulge in daily festive fare and a Diwali brunch on October 20 for BD26. E Call 17 171-144. When? October 27 Event? Halloween Themed Brunch Venue? La Mosaique, Crowne Plaza Bahrain A frightfully good buffet awaits all for BD31 per person from noon to 4pm. E Call 17 531-532. When? Every Friday Event? Magnifique Royal Brunch Venue? Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa Enjoy a fabulous brunch in the Royal Suite with a private butler, premium bubbly and sumptuous eats for BD349 per person. E Call 17 636-363. When? Every Saturday Event? Mexican Brunch Venue? Cantina Kahlo, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Enjoy a one-of-a-kind brunch with authentic dishes, taco station and irresistible sweet treats, priced at BD20 per person. E Call 17 580-000. When? Daily Event? High Tea Venue? Cafeccino, Swiss-Belhotel Enjoy tea and more for just BD7, from 5pm-7pm. E Call 66 310-045. www.bahrainthismonth.com


EXOTIC FEAST

When? Every Friday and Saturday Event? Millenials Brunch Venue? Gallery Café, Gallery 21 Enjoy an array of great food and live cooking stations from noon to 3.30pm. E Call 17 711-600.

The chef at Bushido Restaurant and Lounge, Seef, is showcasing the versatility of poultry with an exclusive Tori menu for October. Poultry dishes are nutritionally beneficial due to being a high-quality source of protein, while land-based poultry offers a low and lean proportion of fat. Some of the fare includes teppanyaki-style chicken in homemade kimchi sauce, seven spice duck confit and robata quail in tonkatsu orange honey sauce. Call 17 583-555.

SMOKIN’ WEDNESDAYS

When? Every Tuesday Event? Teppan Tuesday Venue? Medzo, InterContinental Regency Bahrain. Delight in a theatrical teppanyaki set menu for BD9.500++, from 7pm-11pm. E Call 17 583-555.

Flames Steak and Seafood at ART Rotana, Amwaj Islands, tempts with a weekly night dedicated to smoking of all kinds of meat – be it lamb, beef, pork, corn-fed chicken or fish. Relish in the unlimited spread of juicy, robust cuts, country-style sides and delicious desserts for BD20++, from 7pm-11.30pm, every Wednesday. Call 16 000-111.

BEST START TO THE DAY Popular restaurant Rendezvous is offering an exciting new breakfast buffet at the Seef branch of its flagship chain. Under the umbrella of Cineco, the eatery has flourished through the years and is a regular with foodies in town. Enjoy local favourites such as eggs with tomato, balaleet, bajela, and more. It is open for breakfast from Thursday to Saturday, and on public holidays, from 8.30am-10.30am. Call 17 587-708.

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When? Daily Event? Autumn Delight Venue? Plums, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Enjoy a five course meat and seafood menu for BD40++ per person. E Call 17 580-000. When? October 1-14 Event? Oktoberfest Venue? An Nada Lounge, Sheraton Bahrain Hotel Relish Black Forest Gateau, German Charcutiere Platter, Sauerbraten and Konigsberg Klopse. E Call 17 555-533. When? October 27 Event? Freaky Friday Halloween Brunch Venue? Le Sauvage, The Domain Hotel and Spa A spooktacular brunch on the occasion of Halloween, starting from BD19++. E Call 16 000-000. When? Sunday-Thursday Event? Business Lunch Venue? Primavera, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Enjoy a two course meal for BD9.500++ from noon to 3pm. E Call 17 580-000.

The newly opened Cacao Lounge and Restaurant is the latest addition to the RUW corner in Riffa. It has a unique chocolate room, with displays of chocolate truffles, pralines, rochers, peanut brittle and mendicants, among others. The restaurant has a fine dining Victorian concept, serving fine French Mediterranean cuisine. Call 17 771-234.

When? Every Friday Event? Chino Latino Brunch Venue? Gallery 21, Adliya Immerse yourself in a brunch experience unlike any other, starting from BD25++. E Call 17 711-600. When? October 19-28 Event? Oyster Affairs Venue? La Mer, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa Enjoy à la carte and a set menu with oysters throughout this time. E Call 17 636-363. October 2017 89


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Get autumn ready with Charles & Keith’s new season’s collection. These cut out bootie heels in burgundy will take you effortlessly from hot to cool. Pair it with a tassel-detail wallet for chic elegance. Available at Charles & Keith, Seef Mall and City Centre Bahrain.

A New Vision

Wonderfully Fresh Delight your senses with the Verbena 2017 limited-edition range from L’OCCITANE. Its intoxicating lemony note transports you to a summer morning in Provence. Pamper yourself with the endearing eau de toilette, frappé body cream, revitalising shower gel and caring hand cream. Available at L’OCCITANE, City Centre Bahrain. 90 October 2017

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté introduces a limited edition bottle of Black Opium Pure Illusion, destined to be a collector’s item. The glittering black criss-cross stripes emblazon the bottle, with the luminous pink colour of the iconic perfume shining through like a burning liquid. Available at leading retailers.

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A Prestigious Partnership

Mr Pappan, left, signs the franchise agreement with Loumage Hotel & Resorts CEO (Middle East), Mohamed Farouk

This dynamic property management company in the Kingdom has added another feather to its cap through an impressive joint venture with a major US hotel group. Announcing a comprehensive franchise agreement with the American hotel chain, Loumage Hotels & Resorts, PGS Property Management Co. WLL – based in Bahrain –

further consolidates its position as a prime mover in the hotel and apartment industry both locally and regionally. Scheduled to be launched this month, Loumage Suites & Spa Seef will provide guests with the highest levels of hospitality throughout the 72 luxury suites, fine dining outlets, a swimming pool, gym and spa. It promises to be an ideal hub for families and corporates alike,

conveniently located in the heart of the Seef district and adjacent to the island’s largest malls and city attractions. “Signing of the marketing licence agreement is a positive start to a significant expansion plan of PGS properties in the Kingdom’s hospitality market,” says PGS managing director Krishnan Nair Padmanabhan (Pappan). “I’m looking forward to an extended future relationship with Loumage Hotels & Resorts.” In the first year of inception, Loumage is looking at a rapid expansion with four properties in Bahrain – one each at prime locations in Juffair, Seef district, Diplomatic Area and in the heart of Manama. There are plans in the pipeline for opening other hotels, including one in Georgia, USA, Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Algeria, India, and a fifth one in Bahrain. With in-depth experience in hospitality and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) events, the Loumage group founders have taken it upon themselves to transform every owner’s hospitality, tourism and event dreams into a competitive and successful reality. Contact PGS Property Management’s finance manager, Manoj, for more information. Call 17 292-150, 39 972-009 or email pgsco@ batelco.com.bh

PGS and Loumage officials at the signing ceremony

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marketplace Home appliances available in the LG SIGNATURE brand for the GCC include:

LG SIGNATURE

Home Is Where The Tech-Art Is GEORGE F MIDDLETON There are very few times that I can remember being ‘blown away’ at a home appliances launch but that’s exactly what happened in Dubai, late August. Witnessing the LG SIGNATURE ultra-premium brand experience on stage at the Dubai Opera introduced discerning (and wealthy) consumers to a new dimension in state-of-the-art home appliance technology.

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The innovative and exquisitely designed LG SIGNATURE family consists of four products – the world’s thinnest and arguably most stunning OLED television (less than 4mm thick), which is mounted on magnets and takes the captivating viewing and listening experience to the next level; a sleek refrigerator with a beautiful InstaView Door-in-Door feature to keep food fresher for longer; a bold new black stainless steel washer and white all-in-one washer/dryer unit; and an intuitive air purifier designed to filter the air in any home and environment in order to protect your family from pollutants and allergens in the air. “Each of the products presented are designed with simple and efficient functionality in mind – from conception to the final user experience,” says Kevin Cha, president, LG Electronics, Middle East & Africa. “And whilst maintaining the brand’s modern, premium and artistic signature design, LG believes individuals residing within the region can experience the most visually astounding and beautiful home appliances turning their living spaces into highly functioning and visually stunning masterpieces.” LG SIGNATURE redefines the future of luxury home appliances and entertainment solutions. The simple world-class design philosophy, with discriminating attention to detail, eliminates unnecessary elements, thereby representing the ultimate in elegant simplicity.

The LG SIGNATURE OLED TV W LG SIGNATURE OLED TV W (77/65-inch), the winner of over 45 prestigious awards including the 2017 CES Best of Innovation Award, embodies breakthrough innovation in television technologies and exquisite premium design. The W7 series follows LG’s “less is more” philosophy, stripping away everything to emphasise the beauty of the screen alone. The W7’s sleek razor-thin profile makes the TV appear to be levitating in mid-air, adding to a sense of visual wonderment. W7 series models are less than 4mm thick when measured from the wall without any gap between the TV and the wall. The sense of immersion is completed through up-firing speakers with Dolby Atmos sound. The W7 series lives up to LG OLED TV’s unrivalled ability to reproduce the most lifelike images of any TV product. Additionally, it offers up to one billion possible colours and uses ULTRA Luminance technology to deliver greater brightness according to the content being displayed. The W7 series features Active HDR to render brighter scenes and greater shadow detail for HDR content. In addition, it supports multiple HDR formats, including Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma). LG SIGNATURE Refrigerator The LG SIGNATURE refrigerator is both intuitive and revolutionary. LG has taken its award-winning Doorin-Door design one step further by adding the InstaView Door-in-Door feature that makes the Doorin-Door compartment transparent with two quick knocks. The transparent surface allows customers to see inside the refrigerator without having to open the door, thereby ensuring significant energy savings by limiting cold air loss.

LG SIGNATURE Refrigerator

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Even more futuristic is the new Auto Open Door feature which activates as a user approaches the refrigerator, allowing for quick and easy hands-free access. The LG SIGNATURE refrigerator is powered by LG’s Inverter Linear Compressor which automatically adjusts its cooling capacity based on conditions inside the compartment. It also generates less internal friction due to its unique design and is backed by a 10-year warranty. The LG SIGNATURE Washing Machine The unique-looking LG SIGNATURE washing machine is an advanced version of the LG TWINWash washer. The premium 24-inch front load washing machine is more durable, convenient and sophisticated than ever and features the unique pedestal TWINWash Mini under the main unit. The minimalistic design of the LG SIGNATURE washing machine is highlighted by the beautiful touch-enabled Quick Circle User Interface which is embedded in the glass door. Positioned at a 17-degree angle, the panel is easy to see when standing. The Push Open washing machine door can be opened with a slight push, even when the user’s hands are full. Meanwhile, the washer’s enamel coating not only gives it a sleek, sophisticated look, but also repels fingerprints and corrosion. The LG SIGNATURE washing machine comes equipped with LG’s proprietary Centum System which improves the washing machine’s durability and energy efficiency with an advanced suspension system. Noise emission in operation is greatly decreased because of the system which minimises the tub’s vibrations during a wash cycle. The LG SIGNATURE Air Purifier LG believes that nothing is more important than clean air. The LG SIGNATURE air purifier allows the air cleaning process to be a visual experience with its innovative transparent panel. Equipped with an advanced Watering Engine, this air purifier harnesses the power of water to filter out harmful chemicals and contaminants while quickly bringing the room to comfortable humidity levels. The unit is equipped with LG’s SIGNATURE Black Filter System, allowing consumers to reuse the filters for up to 10 years, saving money. While fine dust particles are totally invisible to the naked eye, customers can see the air quality of their indoor environment by simply glancing at LG’s Smart Indicator. Positioned on the control display, the indicator shows air quality with a colour scheme that is easy to read. Damaging substances like PM10, PM2.5 and even PM1.0 can be detected. All LG SIGNATURE products are available at the LG brand shops and at leading retail stores across the GCC in October. LG SIGNATURE highlights the true extent of LG’s innovation leadership and the www.bahrainthismonth.com

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LG SIGNATURE Washing Machine

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company’s passion for consumer-centric insights that drive the evolution of life. As with most pioneering paradigm shifts, the cost of innovative luxury can be significant. The 65-inch TV begins at BD5,500 while the refrigerator begins at BD2,500. The space age design washing machine retails for BD1,500 while the air purifier starts at BD499. Contact Kiran Kumar on 39 958-464 or LG’s Sehla showroom on 17 404-590 for more information on the LG SIGNATURE brand and its cutting-edge products. October 2017 93


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Divine Time

Ocean Biretrograde Automatic 42mm

BAHRAIN JEWELLERY CENTRE

High Jewellery Timepieces This red carpet favourite introduces breathtaking and adaptable new options. Divine Time by Harry Winston is a scintillating and versatile high jewellery timepiece that can either be worn as a pendant or on the wrist as a traditional timepiece. Set with an array of glistening diamonds, time has never been so brilliant. New York City – the city of soaring skyscrapers, sophisticated nightlife and the epicentre of the Art Deco movement in the United States – is also home to Harry Winston. Founded in 1932, at the height of the Art Deco movement, Harry Winston’s dazzling creations shifted the spotlight of the high jewellery scene from Paris to New York City. The Divine Time by Harry Winston captures the spirit of this period to perfection, marrying its refined, symmetrical elegance with the brilliance of Harry Winston’s unparalleled diamonds. An array of diamonds, cut in different shapes and sizes, covers the entire surface of the 18-karat white gold timepiece and demonstrates the expertise of Harry Winston’s stone cutters and gem setters. Starting from the centre, the dial is paved with 188 brilliant-cut diamonds and set with six stunning marquise diamonds, which also serve as hour markers. Echoing the silhouette of the curvaceous case are 28 brilliant-cut diamonds crowned at both ends by a magnificent trio of a baguette cut flanked by two marquise diamonds. The Divine Time by Harry Winston can be worn as a pendant, with a Harry Winston tag set with a brilliant-cut diamond on an 18-karat white gold chain, or around the wrist on an openwork alligator leather strap, which is 94 October 2017

embellished with an additional 27 brilliant-cut diamonds on the ardillon buckle. The second new introduction is part of the Harry Winston The Ocean Collection, the Ocean Biretrograde Automatic 42mm which features a timepiece deck animated with a sophisticated double retrograde complication and a splash of diamonds that celebrates the legendary ‘King of Diamonds’. The new Ocean Biretrograde Automatic 42mm bears two of Harry Winston’s hallmark complications – excentred hours and minutes and a double retrograde display. As with all timepieces in the Ocean Collection, two arches, inspired by the grand arched doorway leading to Harry Winston’s Fifth Avenue Flagship Salon, embrace the crown. And, in celebration of Mr Winston’s lifelong passion for diamonds, a total of 367 brilliant-cut diamonds adorn the timepiece with light and sophistication. The dial mimics the curves and contours of the white gold case, with sweeping arcs and circles that dance to the light of 127 brilliant-cut diamonds. Set against an opalescent white mother-of-pearl dial, the excentered hours and minutes counter on the upper half of the dial is encircled by three rings of brilliant-cut diamonds. The two retrograde counters on the lower half of the dial – indicating the seconds and the day of the week – are also housed in semi-circular counters, with diamond borders and embellished with a wavy guilloché design, like tide marks in the sand. The principal counters are slightly elevated above the small diamond-set triangle, drawing the eye towards the circular date window. The hands are treated with a luminescent coating, the date window features a

magnifying glass and the timepiece is waterresistant to depths of 100 metres. With the iconic emerald-shaped Harry Winston logo crowning the scenery at 12 o’clock, the words ‘Swiss Made’ and ‘Automatic’ adorn the outermost part of the dial. The retrograde seconds function traces the arc from zero to thirty, and then jumps back in a counter-clockwise motion to zero. The days of the week counter advances every 24 hours and performs its sweeping jump on Sunday at midnight. To ensure that the various functions are precise, the timepiece is equipped with a first-class Swiss automatic movement, with the latest silicon technology. There are many advantages of using silicon in the balance spring. It is lighter than metal, impervious to magnetic fields and corrosion, shock-resilient, flexible and less prone to deformation. Visible through the sapphire crystal caseback, the movement and the 18-karat white gold rotor are beautifully handfinished and decorated with circular Côtes de Genève motifs, rhodium plating and circular graining – an exclusive feature of Harry Winston timepieces. The Ocean Biretrograde Automatic 42mm is presented on an elegant alligator strap in a new shade of blue. Fastened to the wrist with an 18-karat white gold ardillon buckle set with 44 diamonds, an 18-karat white gold folding clasp has been integrated for added comfort and security. Harry Winston timepieces are available in the Kingdom at Bahrain Jewellery Centre, Moda Mall. Call 17 520-053. www.bahrainthismonth.com


SYMMETRIA

Minimal Intervention, Maximum Effect We turn the spotlight on the doctor responsible for upholding this philosophy at one of Bahrain’s newest and most sophisticated cosmetic practices. Dr Olga Shvab is a multi-award-winning cosmetologist whose motto is: “Sometimes no great volume is needed for beautiful and natural results. The most important things to maximise beauty are proportions, balance and harmony.” Dr Olga is an expert in medical aesthetics, facial contouring and non-surgical facelift. She is extremely well versed in international advanced techniques and a trainer for international aesthetics and pharmaceutical companies. The author of successful international anatomy courses for cosmetic doctors and plastic surgeons in Yekaterinburg and Moscow, Russia, she also produces training courses for aesthetic doctors in Europe. She has spoken at various national aesthetic congresses and is a frequent delegate and speaker on international platforms. In 2012 Dr Olga was given the title of Cosmetologist of the Year at the II Global Aesthetics Forum. She landed in Bahrain in January 2017 to join the team of the newly opened and highly anticipated branch of Symmetria. It’s the first branch in the Middle East and works with the same values as the award- winning clinic in Greece founded by the worldrenowned Dr Nikolaos Metaxotos MD, PhD. What is Symmetria all about? ‘Minimum Intervention, Maximum Effect’ – the core essence and philosophy of both Symmetria and Dr Olga. Symmetria is a splendid example of a world-class anti-ageing institute meticulously designed by Dr Nikolaos with patient care and comfort in mind. The comprehensive range of services offered, the well-trained staff, the prestigious credentials of the physicians on board and its innovative luxury skincare collection all meet the needs of the clinic’s most demanding clients whilst also abiding to its ‘Minimum Intervention, Maximum Effect’ philosophy. In essence, no detail has been overlooked. It’s no wonder the international press has recognised the brand as one of the world’s top cosmetic surgery clinics. Symmetria received the Best Clinic Award from the prestigious European Business Assembly for its meticulous services and skilled staff as well as the European Quality Award 2016 for its top-tier services on site. Dr Nikolaos says: “The application of my philosophy in respect to minimal intervention methods can, in fact, yield maximum results, as you are able to gradually take your patient to that desired level of perfection.” The clinic is open from Saturday to Thursday from 9am to 9pm. Book a free consultation when you mention Bahrain This Month. Call 17 830-730. www.bahrainthismonth.com

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LIALI JEWELLERY

Sparkle and Dazzle Celebrate every joyous moment with this fine jewellery brand’s innovative and stunning rose gold designs to create lasting memories.

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The brilliance of diamonds is the only thing that comes close enough to matching every woman’s passion to own more of it. And bringing together a mix of breathtaking designs with the rose gold trend, LIALI redefines the passion for the glittering gem in an array of beautiful statement rings and earrings from the Red Carpet Collection. The striking creations feature the magnificence of fancy diamonds along with the trendy rose gold, for timeless and elegant styles. Built on the fundamentals of customer education, superior quality and exquisite craftsmanship with fair and transparent pricing, the brand takes forward its 18-year-old legacy that first started in Dubai to now serve trend-savvy consumers in Bahrain. Shopping at the store is a pleasure in more ways than one with the various LIALI advantages offered to every customer. Whether it’s the easy payment plans, flexible exchange policy or customisation services with jewellery at all price points, LIALI is ‘the perfect gift’ for any occasion. Luxurious and sophisticated, jewels from the Red Carpet Collection are a woman’s perfect companion to celebrate the most special occasions in her life. Each

perfectly designed piece will highlight your signature moments. Be it a family wedding or a magical date with your special someone, you will create enigmatic memories with these spectacular creations. LIALI Jewellery is a Dubai-based company with a chain of up-market boutiques. Started in June 1999 by Raed Ahmad Baker and Anuraag Sinha, today the brand boasts 20 outlets in most of UAE’s landmark locations. LIALI specialises in certified diamonds, pearls, precious and semi-precious stones, 18-karat gold and customised handcrafted pieces. It takes pride in promoting innovative concepts in jewellery and keeping up with the latest trends around the world. Today the brand is associated with fine jewellery and personalised service that epitomise trust, and has established itself as a name to reckon with over the last 16 years. LIALI stores are currently located at prime locations across the UAE, Bahrain and Oman. Discover the festive collection in the Kingdom at City Centre Bahrain. Call 17 178-160 or visit www.lialijewellery.com www.bahrainthismonth.com


TONI & GUY

Flaunt Your Crowning Glory The salon that brings pioneering hair treatments and solutions to Bahrain introduces yet another product for ultimate hair care.

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Gone are the days when you had to worry about damage to your mane due to colouring and bleaching. Toni & Guy brings you INNOluxe – a revolution in hair conditioning. For years, salons have felt restricted while using bleach and colour to give you the look you desire, but not anymore. This latest system, which uses protein technology, has created a unique set of treatments which work in combination with other products for all types of hair. This provides greater flexibility to get the look you want, while ensuring healthier, stronger locks. The pioneering, incredibly powerful repair solution transforms the way you bleach, colour and treat hair. INNOluxe gives stylists the freedom to achieve so much more for their clients while leaving their tresses in a better condition and significantly resilient as well. It pulls out all the stops to give today’s urbanites their most edgy and on-trend looks ever! INNOluxe offers three exciting new products to revolutionise the way salons use colour and deal with stressed-out manes. They create super-strong, reinforced sulphur bonds that work to mend any

damage during the colouring process, restoring maximum strength to strands, providing a broader spectrum of less harmful colouring options. It also delivers a full spectrum of colours that last longer. The innovation’s Aminobond Complex – a compound of multiple levels of low weight proteins and natural fruit extracts – builds stronger bridges between sulphur bonds, resulting in very quick and more effective recovery during and after treatments. It can be added to all brands of colour, although the most dramatic results are experienced when using it with bleach and highlights. Go get those blue, pink or blonde locks you’ve always wanted to try out! INNOluxe works fantastically well as a standalone treatment if you’d like to treat your tresses to frizz-free gorgeousness. It also results in incredible repair when used along with relaxers, perms and keratin treatments. By fortifying the inner structure of the hair, INNOluxe will ensure you never have to endure bad hair days again. Call 17 001-700. October 2017 97


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FRASER SUITES SEEF BAHRAIN

Offers Galore Get worth for your money when booking with this property and enjoy world-class facilities coupled with amazing promotions for a memorable stay.

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Located in the chic business and leisure district of Seef, Fraser Suites Seef Bahrain boasts luxurious and spacious accommodations. It is connected to Seef Mall, making it the perfect choice for travellers of all interests. It is also in close proximity to the Bahrain Financial Harbour as well as other key entertainment and dining options. Colourful external lighting, which changes based on special occasions such as Eid and National Day, has been installed on the facade of the building. Whether you are visiting for business or pleasure, the property will cater to all your needs with its fully furnished, five-star facilities. There are a variety of packages available all year round to give you greater value for your money. A short drive from the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre, it is an ideal place to book if you are flying in for Jewellery Arabia 2017, set to be hosted at the end of November. Special packages are available for participants attending events such as MEPEC, BIPEX, Jewellery Arabia and others, with free transportation to the centre and back during such times. If you choose to stay for three nights, the ‘Stay More, Save More’option is the best deal for great discounted rates. This is available till mid November. Corporate rates are also available for monthly and annual stays. Book your conferences and meetings at Fraser Suites Seef’s many facilities, which can accommodate up to 80 people. Offers start from BD10++ per person,

which includes lunch and one coffee break. ‘Advance Purchase’ is the ideal choice for travellers who like planning ahead to make sure everything is arranged before they take off. Book at least a week in advance to lock in an unbeatable deal. Have the perfect morning with the ‘Sweet Dreams and Breakfast’ package, which allows you to enjoy a buffet breakfast at The Gallery restaurant. A new room service menu is also available for all guests. Keep your health goals in check by signing up to a health club membership on either a daily, monthly, quarterly or annual basis. Members get access to the gym, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. Boost all these benefits by becoming a Fraser World Member, an exclusive guest recognition programme specially designed to complement your travel and living lifestyles. Receive a host of exceptional privileges as a gesture of appreciation for your loyalty and support. Membership is complimentary and applicable to all properties worldwide. Forego the hassle of booking with a third party and book directly with Fraser Suites Seef Bahrain to guarantee the lowest price. Enjoy a fruit basket upon arrival, points when you enrol for the loyalty programme and access to all accommodation types. Refurbishment is under way to revamp the space, starting gradually with penthouses followed by the other apartment types. Call 17 171-626 or visit bahrain.frasershospitality.com www.bahrainthismonth.com


UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER — KING ABDULLAH MEDICAL CITY

Airplane Ears Explained

Painful ears during take-off and landing is a common phenomenon affecting many travellers. Consultant ENT surgeon, Dr Muhsen Salman, explains how to tackle the problem. Even though today’s aircraft are pressurised to minimise changes in air pressure, many passengers still suffer airplane ears (barotitis media), which causes partial hearing loss, pain and a stuffed-up feeling. Symptoms typically begin while the plane is descending and can persist for up to 30 minutes after landing. Cause As a plane climbs, cabin pressure lowers and the pressure in the middle ear reduces to match it. When the plane descends, the

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cabin pressure will reduce and you will feel the change in your eardrums which can cause discomfort until your ears equalise. The Eustachian tube, which normally drains secretions from the middle ear into the throat, exchanges air between the ears and nose, but when there is a pressure differential, air may get trapped in the middle ear. The tube compensates by allowing a little more air into or out of the ear, but this may be difficult as the differences in air pressure create a vacuum that pulls the eardrum inward. It stretches (causing pain) and is unable to vibrate naturally (which impairs hearing). Treatments • Swallow several times or blow your nose gently, chew gum or

yawn – all help to open the Eustachian tube. • Squeeze the nostrils shut with your thumb and forefinger, inhale through your mouth and then attempt to force the air back into the nose – you should feel your ears pop. • Use a nasal decongestant spray or pill an hour before landing. • Try small silicone rubber ear plugs, marketed under the name EarPlanes, which have a filter that equalises the effects of cabin airpressure changes.

Dr Muhsen Salman

If your ears fail to open or if pain persists several hours after landing and if you fly frequently and have persistent ear pain, consult an ENT doctor. Call 77 310-000.

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marketplace BAHRAIN SPECIALIST HOSPITAL

Sleep Apnoea Simplified men and 16 inches or greater in women. • Having large tonsils, a large tongue or a small jawbone. • Nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum, allergies or sinus problems. • Having a family history of sleep apnoea. • Gastroesophageal reflux disease. • Alcohol, sedatives and tranquilisers may also promote sleep apnoea by relaxing throat muscles. • Smokers are three times more likely to experience sleep apnoea. • Heart disorders such as atrial fibrillation or atrial septal defects. • Stroke.

Dr Sonal Jagtap

Pulmonology specialist Dr Sonal Jagtap explains the basics of sleep apnoea, a condition that can have serious consequences.

During the past few years there has been a growing awareness regarding sleep-related disorders. Sleep apnoea syndrome, more commonly known as OSA, has now been linked to a number of serious disease conditions. What is sleep apnoea? Sleep apnoea is a serious disorder that occurs when a person stops breathing while asleep. During these episodes the body does not get enough oxygen. There are two types of sleep apnoea: • Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA): The more common and more widely known of the forms of apnoea, is caused by a blockage of the airway, due to collapse of the soft tissues of the back of the throat during sleep. • Central sleep apnoea: Is the other type of disorder, where the airway does not get blocked but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe, due to instability in the respiratory control centre. Risk factors for sleep apnoea include: • Males are more commonly affected; however, women are not spared the consequences. • Being overweight is a definite risk, but thin people can also suffer. • Those aged over 40 are at increased risk. However, sleep apnoea can affect anyone at any age, and there is a growing incidence of the condition amongst children and adolescents. • Having a large neck size – 17 inches or greater in

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If left untreated, sleep apnoea can result in a number of health problems, including: • High blood pressure. • Stroke. • Heart failure, irregular heartbeats and heart attacks. • Diabetes. • Depression. • Worsening of ADHD. • Headaches. • Poor performance in everyday activities, such as at work and school, motor vehicle crashes, and academic underachievement in children and adolescents. • Increased incidence of cancer has been noted in patients having sleep-related stress. Common sleep apnoea symptoms include: • Waking up with a very sore or dry throat. • Loud snoring. • Occasionally waking up while sleeping with a choking or gasping sensation. • Sleepiness or lack of energy during the day. • Sleepiness while driving. • Morning headaches. • Restless sleep. • Forgetfulness, mood changes. • Recurrent awakenings or insomnia. If you have symptoms of the condition, your doctor may ask you to have a sleep apnoea test, called a polysomnogram, which electronically transmits and records specific physical activities while you sleep. Sleep apnoea is a chronic condition that requires long-term management. The earlier it is diagnosed, the better the chances of not developing complications and the easier it is to remedy the situation. For more information email sonal.jagtap@bsh.com.bh Call 17 812-222. www.bahrainthismonth.com


AMBASSADOR STORES

Courage at Hand

This house of horologers has a robust collection of timepieces that can withstand the demands of life’s adventures.

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When one thinks of classic watches, Seiko is one of the names that immediately come to mind. The brand has continuously evolved since its inception in 1881 and has set new benchmarks in pioneering technological innovation, all the while staying true to the organisation’s legacy and illustrious history. After taking Japan by storm, the brand crossed over geographic and cultural boundaries to bring its elegant, durable and top-quality products to the rest of the world. What has ensued is a connection between people over the generations, bound by the joy and inspiration of ‘time’. Seiko takes sport seriously; after all, it first served as the official timer at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. Since then, it has kept accurate time at five Olympiads. Thus, it is but natural for the brand to offer the best time tellers for watch aficionados who challenge their own physical limits on land, in the air or under the sea. For the true masters of horology, the greatest challenge of all is to create watches for those who love adventure sports. The Seiko Prospex collection features timepieces for professional and amateur sportsmen and women. Since making its first diving watch in 1965, Seiko has been exceeding the expectations of those who require wristgear with exacting, professional specifications. From then on, this precise expertise has been at the core of the Prospex range. The line is further categorised into Land, Sea and Air. The watches, made for those who see the earth as their playing field, have a reliable companion with

expert knowledge in their Seiko. The intricate machine supports the intrepid traveller or the sporting enthusiast’s journey every step of the way. Prospex for the sky is a formidable device that can let you take control of the heavens with its superior features. Its sleek design makes it apt for commercial pilots and flying enthusiasts. Those seeking thrills under the surface of the oceans greatly benefit from Seiko’s cutting edge technology for timepieces that guide one through the challenges of the deep blue. They have evolved in line with the needs of professional and recreational divers alike. Today, this longstanding tradition and the company’s latest watchmaking expertise come together in this classic 200m water resistant creation. With wide hands and markers, the Lumibrite surface areas are maximised for optimum visibility under water. For enhanced safety, the bezel rotates in just one direction, both the case back and crown are screw-down, and the crown is protected from shock. Dependable, durable and visible – it is the perfect underwater ally. Seiko watches are available at Ambassador Stores in Bahrain. Call 17 225-513.

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marketplace DIPLOMAT RADISSON BLU HOTEL, RESIDENCE & SPA

A Seamless Celebration This renowned establishment is one of the best places to tie the knot — and for good reason. The Grand Ambassador Ballroom of the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa provides a dazzling ambience for an impeccable wedding party. The property, which has been shortlisted as a finalist at the prestigious Middle East Hospitality awards, has just the right setting for a new couple to celebrate their special day. Every single detail, from the grand décor of the venue to the bride’s hair ornaments, is taken care of, lifting the burden of logistics from the wedding party’s shoulders. Centrally located in the Diplomatic Area, the hotel has a private entrance leading directly to the ballroom, as well as the convenience of extensive parking space. The experienced banquet team has planned and executed numerous special events successfully, and offers a wide selection of amenities to choose from.

Couples can opt to relax and unwind from the strain of preparing for their nuptials at the property’s exclusive spa, and feel the tension melting away at the pampering hands of professional, trained therapists. The bride can rest assured that she will be the most beautiful woman on the day of her dreams, thanks to the special offer at the hotel’s Juliana ladies’ salon, where certified beauticians will make her look picture perfect. Leave the wedding cake to the hotel’s bakery experts and you are sure to be wowed with the most splendid sweet creation.

Spending your all-important day at the Diplomat Radisson Blu hotel will enable you to make memories that will be cherished forever. Call 17 525-228 or email bqt.diplomat@ radissonblu.com

Social Dinner S Hotel hosted a social dinner for the Asian Amateur Golfers at its premises. Zuzar, Dr Saj Deva, Tipu, Dr Iftikar, Naeemi, Amitab, Vidhu & Anil

Sanjay, Adam & Ben

Amitab, Zuzar & Moorty

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Parul, Anu & Lakshmi

Tapan, Steve, Zuzar, Amitab, Moorty & Vidhu

Usha, Reena & Lalima

Aqeel, Vivek & Ravi

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RIM BOGARI DENTA DERMA CENTER

Let Your Beauty Speak This centre offers all specialities in dentistry and dermatology, and has been steadily gaining loyal clientele since its inception two years ago. Doctors Rim and Raniah Bogari use their mastery in cosmetic dentistry and aesthetic dermatology, respectively, at the Rim Bogari Denta Derma Center in Seef, to bring out the best of your physical features. They have studied their sciences in Germany. The state-of-the-art clinic is one of its kind in Bahrain, offering cutting edge technology combined with artistic influences to provide discerning customers just what they require. It is known to employ the newest techniques in orthodontics to fix teeth with minimal visits to the doctor, sometimes within six weeks only. Invisible, removable appliances are used to make it a comfortable experience for patients. The facility offers advanced endodontic services to minimise the need for X-rays and time spent with the dentist.

Dr Rim specialises in cosmetic dentistry and is renowned for giving her customers the famed Hollywood smile without conventional, aggressive treatments. Procedures are conservative in nature, with a focus on saving the tooth if possible, for a natural look with a beautiful sparkle. The centre uses the most successful implant system, which comes with a lifetime warranty for absolute peace of mind. Dr Raniah’s forte lies in augmenting one’s features and body image. Under her expertise, the centre has become the leader in botox fillers and thread lifting (non-invasive facelifts) in Bahrain. Other popular services include painless hair removal, laser treatments and body reshaping and contouring. Dr Raniah believes that prevention is better than cure. Aesthetic dermatology can delay signs of aging if started at the right age with the correct techniques. Dr Rim and Dr Raniah urge patients to remember how important it is to approach the right professional, who understands their needs

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to skilfully enhance their image in keeping with their true personality. Call 17 300-114.

OTHER EVENTS

The Rotary Club of Manama held a lecture on cyber security with guest speaker Ravi Jayasundera, CEO of Sysprove Consulting.

Rotary Club of Manama was given a practical lesson in yoga from Bahraini therapist, Fatima Al Mansoori at the Gulf Hotel.

Bahrain British Business Forum held its monthly business networking meeting in strategic partnership with Tamkeen at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

CrediMax wraps up its Summer Internship Program with students from the University of Bahrain.

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American Mission Hospital was awarded the Diamond Accreditation by the National Health Regulatory Authority in a ceremony held at The Sheraton Hotel.

Gulf Hotels Group presented a cheque for BD1,000 to Al Areen Wildlife Park.

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marketplace ROYAL BAHRAIN HOSPITAL

Curb the Pain An expert from this well-known hospital sheds light on a common age-related disorder.

Dr Sahar Saad

If your bones and joints ache regularly and affect your day to day activities, you might have arthritis, says Dr Sahar Saad, rheumatology consultant at the Royal Bahrain Hospital. She explains that the term is not a single disease, but is used to describe around 200 rheumatic ailments that affect the joints and connective tissue. The most common type is osteoarthritis – a condition in which the human bones become fragile or brittle. It occurs more frequently in older people. Other related rheumatic conditions include gout and fibromyalgia, which is most common among women. Symptoms include pain, swelling, stiffness and decreased range of motion. They can be mild, moderate or severe, and may stay the same for years or progress over time.

Leaving them untreated can result in chronic pain, inability to do day-to-day activities, difficulty to walk, or permanent joint damage. In addition, some types of arthritis also affect the lungs, kidneys, eyes and heart. As with any condition, it is best to treat it early to yield the best results. In most cases, treatment is often delayed as patients fail to recognise the aforementioned symptoms. It can be diagnosed by a rheumatology specialist who uses a physical examination, blood tests and imaging scans to help determine the type of arthritis and chooses the best remedy. Dr Saad recommends seeking a medical opinion, should joint pain persist for four to six weeks. This, in turn, will enable an early prognosis and treatment to prevent joint damage and deformities, to maintain a good quality of life. Call 17 246-800, WhatsApp 32 181-810 or visit www.royalbahrainhospital.com

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Protected Playtime With reliable products from this brand, caregivers need not worry about kids’ wellbeing while they engage in outdoor fun and games. When it comes to keeping little ones safe from hurt and injury, parents should trust only the very best of playground equipment. Hags is a Swedish brand that uses its theoretical expertise about play to create exciting, attractive and enjoyable environments for children and adults. All the products encourage physical activity, which is paramount to the wellbeing and social development of budding minds and bodies. Young ones need to run free during playtimes to explore their surroundings and understand their abilities better. But there is a fine line between an unsafe setting and a challenging one for facilitating recreational activities. Hazards can result in harm that one may not foresee, but a challenge motivates kids to test their limits within a secure zone. Hags offers a wide range of swing sets, slides and climbing units, spring toys and other park equipment, which are known for reliable and innovative safety provisions in several www.bahrainthismonth.com

countries all over the world. The versatility of Hags play systems enables the creation of unique outdoor equipment to capture the interest of little ones and grown-ups alike. The company, established in 1948, has been guided by the principle of offering only the very best quality to clients, since its inception. To keep child-friendly areas – big and small – as secure as possible, product development at Hags strictly adheres to international research and safety benchmarks. All items are certified according to ISO 9001:2008 requirements. The brand also adopts the European standard for playground equipment when it comes to safety of the units and all products are approved by the German Technischer Überwachungs-Verein (TUV), an association that has the most extensive and advanced testing and approval procedures in the world. Thanks to the high quality of raw materials used to manufacture durable, lasting creations, the company confidently offers 10-year warranties to customers. Besides keeping kids constructively occupied in open areas, Hags offers sport and fitness equipment for adults, designed to make exercise fun. The products are inviting, userfriendly, and offer people of all physical abilities

and ages the opportunity to work out and build strength, stamina and coordination. The organisation also makes a wide range of park and urban furniture, which look great on sidewalks, promenades and central commercial areas in cities. Hags products are made available in Bahrain by renowned business group Yusif Bin Yusif Fakhro. Call 39 466-111. October 2017 105


marketplace AMERICAN MISSION HOSPITAL

Safeguarding Your Heart The expert from one of Bahrain’s most renowned healthcare facilities gives a brief on coronary disease and how one can keep a tab on one’s ticker. Dr Sonny Jacob, specialising in internal medicine and cardiology at American Mission Hospital, observes that cardiovascular disease (CVD), once thought to be a disorder afflicting older people, is now prevalent among the middle-aged and the young. Though it usually manifests in adulthood, the process of atherosclerosis (fatty deposit or plaque that builds up inside the arteries) can begin as early as childhood. The term CVD includes: - Coronary heart disease, affecting the arteries supplying blood to this organ’s muscles, resulting in varied forms of heart attack. - Cerebrovascular disease, affecting the arteries supplying blood to the brain, resulting in stroke. - Peripheral vascular disease, affecting the

arteries supplying blood to the limbs. - Aortic atherosclerosis and aneurysm, affecting major arteries carrying fresh blood from the heart. The main risk factors include metabolic aspects (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes), modifiable risk factors (unhealthy diet, smoking, sedentary lifestyle), a family history of heart attack or stroke in parents or siblings aged less than 50 years, and psychosocial factors (depression and perceived stress). There are multiple cardiovascular risk assessment scores for detecting a patient’s 10-year risk of developing CVD. The parameters used are age, gender, total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, systolic blood pressure, diabetes and smoking. Patients with the above risk factors need detailed evaluation along with lifestyle modification. People aged 20 years or older without any established symptoms need to undergo cardiovascular risk assessment every

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New Faces Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa has appointed a new director of sales and marketing (DOSM) as well as a new thalassa manager. Emre Kirazci takes over as DOSM and has a strong hospitality background. In 2012, he was appointed as the director of global accounts at the group FRHI Hotels (Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel Hotels). With the merger of AccorHotels and FRHI Hotels, he moved to the regional sales team as director of key leisure accounts, heading the leisure segment within Middle East. Originally from Turkey, Emre has a double major degree in business and tourism from Middlesex University, UK. New thalassa manager Marie-Claire McCartney, originally from Trinidad, gained her knowledge of the spa and wellness industry over 13 years. Moving all the way from Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda, she has worked in both Canada and the GCC. As well as extensive management and VIP client delivery skills, she is expert in a vast range of treatments both as a practitioner and trainer.

Director of operations Mehdi Hanayen says: “We are very excited and thrilled to have MrKirazci and Mrs McCartney join our magnifique team here at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa and, with their line of experience and expertise, we surely are putting their teams, departments and our valuable guests in trusted hands.”

Swiss Partnership

Bahrain Gets UN Role

Swiss-Belhotel International has joined Gulf Air’s FalconFlyer loyalty-frequent flyer programme and is awarding the national carrier’s FalconFlyer members 200 miles for every night’s stay at participating Swiss-Belhotel properties spread across 23 countries worldwide. Laurent A Voivenel, senior vice president, operations and development for the Middle East, Africa and India, SwissBelhotel International, says: “We are committed to rewarding our valued guests for their loyalty and this new alliance will entitle FalconFlyer members to outstanding earnings at our hotels located in some of the most desirable destinations. With its vast reach and popularity as a frequent flyer programme, partnering with Gulf Air’s FalconFlyer programme is a strategic tieup for us and will increase our brand exposure globally as well as in our top source markets in the Middle East.” Gulf Air chief commercial officer, Ahmed Janahi, welcomes the agreement, saying: “Gulf Air’s FalconFlyer programme offers a host of exciting privileges and benefits to members and we are continually working to expand our network of partner hotels in order to make our programme as rewarding as possible. In line with this, our partnership with Swiss-Belhotel International gives our valued members the opportunity to earn miles during their stay at any of the participating Swiss-Belhotels.”

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has chosen Bahrain as a member of its Executive Council. The Kingdom, represented by the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) will be part of the council for the period 2018-2021. This selection comes as a result of the BTEA’s efforts towards developing the tourism sector on a local level, as well as the Kingdom’s capability to represent the Middle East region in terms of tourism developments. The announcement took place during the 22nd session of the World Tourism Organisation General Assembly, held in China in September. The UNWTO was established in 1925 and is based in the Spanish capital of Madrid. It is concerned with countries’ political affairs in terms of tourism and produces statistics on tourism demand and supply worldwide. Its membership includes 145 countries, comprises six regions, and 350 Affiliate Members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities. The World Tourism Organisation’s Executive Council is considered the world’s top tourism executive body with 32 members representing the six regions of the world.

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JJ’s

Grace, Ashley & Louise

JJ’s hosted its 18th anniversary celebrations event. Cake cutting ceremony

Kseniya, Olesia & Angelina Rajiv & Ahmed

Siyana & Ezara

Lee

Mitchell & Harry

Melissa & Annie

Corrie & Michelle

Kelly, Siyana, Ezara & Caralen

Megan, Robyn & Patrick

Julil & Talia

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Mark Paton & friends

Harriet, Adel, Laura & Mike

Fergus & Mary

Hannah & Steph

Pinky & Michael

Anita & Tiwe

Rocking it at JJ’s

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bystander OTHER EVENTS

City Centre Bahrain announced the lucky winner of its Full Bedroom Makeover Grand Prize.

Mercedes-Benz hosted a launch party for its all new S-Class series.

BNP Paribas held a press conference to announce the Bahrain Jazz Fest at the Royal Golf Club.

Pakistani Ambassador Javed Malik met with the newly formed board of Pakistani Women’s Association Bahrain at the Embassy of Pakistan.

First Motors delivers the new Hyundai Sonata to its first customer in Bahrain.

INJAZ Bahrain successfully concluded the first edition of its summer camp.

City Centre Bahrain celebrated Eid Al Adha with the emoji roaming characters.

Oasis Mall held a back to school Oasis Wonderland celebration for kids.

Motorcity held the launch of the new Subaru XV at its showroom in Sitra.

Bahrain Financing Company team and Zayani Motors officials announced the final winner of its Bonanza Campaign.

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Indian actor Rishi Kapoor met with fans at Mukta A2 Cinemas in Juffair Mall for the trailer launch of Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi.

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LIBRA

Sept 22 – Oct 21

Money spent on a holiday or recent home improvements will leave your bank balance feeling lightweight and this could have a negative knock-on effect in other areas of your life. You may find, if you are living with someone, the argument quota rises and the pressures put upon you by children will not alleviate the situation. All in all, things could get to a heated state and you will need to have your thoughts in order and your feet firmly on the ground. This is no time for you to start drifting off to fantasy island in the hope that ignoring what’s going on will make it go away. Don’t be an ostrich and bury your head in the sand or you will regret it later. Card of the Month — The Three of Swords For a detailed, personalised Tarotscope reading, contact Raphael by email: raphael@tarotscope.org.uk

SCORPIO October 22 – November 21 It looks like the worst of your conflicts from last month are behind you but that doesn’t mean it is all plain sailing into October for many of you. There is still a lot of work to be done to get things back to the way they used to be and you are sure to have to twist a few arms and be at your most accommodating before you can embrace a full return to normality. When the dust has settled, it might be a good idea to analyse what led you to where you were so that you don’t revisit that place again. You might be surprised that a young man rests at the heart of much of it! Card of the Month — The Eight of Cups

SAGITTARIUS November 22 – December 21

Underneath all the disguises and confused emotions lurk your true feelings about your past – a subject that in most cases you have kept very well hidden until now. However, someone you’ve chosen to confide in may finally help you come to terms with what has for so long haunted your thoughts. Certain demons we carry with us all our lives simply because we do not possess the courage to confront and exorcise them. In October, you will be given the opportunity to do just that, so, no matter how much it might hurt, grasp this chance with enthusiasm. The number 9 will hold a special key to ambition and success in your preferred field of work, so look out for it when it surfaces. Card of the Month — The Moon 110 October 2017

CAPRICORN December 22 – January 21 You cannot always satisfy everyone around you and decisions you will be forced to make in October are bound to upset someone affected by the implications of your actions. What you need to do as a person is accept this rather than being concerned with keeping the peace. You have had a rough time emotionally and consequently you may be thinking you deserve a better deal. Life is not just about sacrifice for the sake of others and on occasions it is important to be selfish. After all, without sparing time for yourself and keeping your own needs satisfied how can you expect others to love you and understand you? Things are moving up for you, so live a little for yourself rather than anyone else. Card of the Month — The Tower AQUARIUS January 22 – February 21

Money that you put aside some time ago will mature and offer a good return that you should now consider cashing in. Don’t allow any element of greed to creep into your thinking – just get out while you’re ahead. On the relationship front, decisions made in September will now be having a strong influence on your thinking and you could find yourself fighting back the tears if the outcome was not as positive as you would have wanted. It all goes to illustrate that life sometimes has a cruel streak – giving with one hand and then taking with the other. Card of the Month — The Four of Wands

PISCES February 22 – March 20

Your star sign is renowned for its affection and generosity of spirit. However, this month you will be accused of hurting the feelings of someone close to you by not identifying exactly what you want from a relationship. Still, doubts introduced into your thoughts by someone who has an ulterior motive to disrupt you are making you think twice over long-term relationship plans. Whilst such intrusiveness is unnecessary, remember no one can put things in your head, so stand by your gut feeling. Love cannot be judged with reason or logic. What you feel is all that counts. Card of the Month — The Six of Wands

ARIES March 21 – April 20

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

TAURUS April 21 – May 20 The Four of Pentacles has very strong links with your sign and the omens for you across much of October remain positive. Many of you will return to the workplace refreshed from holiday and ready to approach new and exciting challenges with renewed optimism and invention. This will be particularly evident on the 12th when you impress others in your company with your views, and your comments will be noted and appreciated. On the romance front, you could find yourself attracted to a work colleague you hadn’t really noticed before – but this could be more about problems at home than genuine interest. Card of the Month — The Four of Pentacles www.bahrainthismonth.com


advertisers index GEMINI May 21 – June 20

You will be in your element this month as certain factors come together to return some balance to your life, which had been particularly hectic since July. However, this ‘more positive’ state is only likely if you are honest and to a certain extent courageous enough to take a difficult emotional situation in hand and finally lay it to rest. Do this and your mind and life in general will be peaceful and trouble free, especially where family and close relationships are concerned. On the financial front, you are also due a little good fortune and this may come in the shape of an unexpected bonus at work that boosts your income at the last minute and may even have you thinking of a short break abroad. Card of the Month — The Nine of Wands

CANCER June 21 – July 20

If you were worried that this year was not turning out as expected, maybe you need worry no more. This October your faith in the world, and in particular your life, could once again be restored. Property problems from August will be pretty much resolved and the light at the end of the tunnel is bright and will shine on you by the middle of the month. There is a positive aura surrounding you and this will inspire others who find your renewed optimism so infectious. A lady of past significance will reappear on the 17th, sparking a row considered long forgotten and blotting an otherwise perfect copybook for this month. Card of the Month — The Wheel of Fortune

VIRGO August 22 – September 21

Money can always be a challenge for your sign, mainly because whilst you can excel at making it, you are never that prudent when spending it. Your shopping habits can be impulsive and often eccentric, to say the least, and some of you would do well to seek advice for the future on how to keep hold of more of the money you make. Try to rein yourself in when it comes to making impressions and remember that ‘splashing the cash’ for the sake of popularity very rarely brings you genuine friendships or relationships. There is more to you than that and you need to talk up what lies inside. Card of the Month — The Knight of Pentacles

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FAMOUS LIBRA THIS MONTH Matt Damon

Citibank N.A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IBC

Care Centre) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Royal Bahrain Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Hotels & Serviced Residences Atiram Hotels (Premier Hotel) . . . . . . 21 Coral Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Delmon International Hotel . . . . . . . . 81 Fraser Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Ramee Grand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel . . . 27 The Domain Bahrain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 The Four Seasons Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 The Gulf Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 The K Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Jewellery & Watches Ambassador Stores (Seiko) . . . . . . . . 11

Symmetria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC University Medial Center King Abdullah Medical City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

Motoring Al Haddad Motors (Mercedes) . . . . . 49 Behbehani Brothers (Porsche) . . . . . . 1 Euro Motors (BMW) . . . . . . . GATEFOLD

Others Berlitz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 German Language Course . . . . . . . . . 53 Joz Salon & Spa (Toni&Guy Hairdressing) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Juffair Fitness Center . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Primedia International . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Yusif Bin Yusif Fakhro:Hags . . . . . . . . 17

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LEO July 21 – August 21

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Farrell International Co. (German Skin

Sofitel Hotels & Resorts . . . . . . . . . . . 35

This month is going to see you pulling out all the stops as you endeavour to get a long overdue task completed, which in turn will assist you in moving your career to the next level. For too long now you have been operating under a culture of acceptance and this does not fit well with your personality. You need to be true to yourself and worry less about what others might think and more about what makes you happy. On the family front, news of a relative falling sick will galvanise some of you into taking control of a situation that needs leadership but you could end up with more than you bargained for. Card of the Month — Strength

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Restaurants & Cafés

Liali Jewellry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Bennigan’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Sharif Group:Alpina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Cucina Italiana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Medical & Dental Services

Kazbah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 McDonalds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Patio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Bahrain Specialist Hospital . . . . . . . . 23

The Lanterns Restaurant & Lounge . 79

Dr. Rim Bogari Dental Center . . . . . . . 31

Vapiano . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

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

● 24-Seven Minimart, all outlets

● Midway Supermarket, all outlets

● 24 Hours Market, all outlets

● Muntaza Supermarket, all outlets

● Al Hilal Bookshops, all outlets

● Other leading Cold Stores and News Stands

● Al Jazira Supermarket, all outlets ● Alosra Supermarket, all outlets ● Amwaj Islands Market, Amwaj ● Aseel Supermarket, all outlets ● Babasons Market, all outlets ● Jawad Supermarket, all outlets ● Lulu Hypermarket, all outlets ● Mega Mart, all outlets ● Metro Markets, all outlets

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

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Bahrain This Month - October 2017  

Vol.21 ~ Issue 10 : Your guide to a great way of life.