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• Boosting Ties


• Arabian Cricket Carnival International players and Bollywood celebrities

• Eid Festivities • Emoji Drop Game • Parties Galore

New Indonesian Ambassador HE Nur Syahrir Rahardjo

• Telling Tales!

Filmmaker and photographer Michael Bou-Nacklie

Two Michelin-Starred Chefs Visit Bahrain September 2017 ~ Vol. 21 ~ Issue 9














Issue 241

Contents September 2017 20

COVER STORY Arabian Cricket Carnival (ACC) T-20 (2017)

Islanders get a chance to meet international cricketers as the community comes together for this fun-filled event.



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

Emoji Drop Game

Shoppers at City Centre Bahrain can participate in this game to win instant prizes.

HeyaBeya Celebration


Let young ones rejoice in this quintessential Arabic ritual at Hawar Islands. 22 Music


to Your Ears

Bahraini singer and musician Hind AlBahrainia performs at the Cultural Hall.


24 Calling

All Artists!

Malja invites all creative people to showcase their original artworks. 26 Orchestral


A fantastic evening of entertainment by the Macao Chinese Orchestra. 28 Pedal

for Pink

A charity bike ride to raise funds for Think Pink.

AFTER DARK 32 Summer




EDX is at Coral Bay to keep you partying away into the night. 35 Bahraini


Local music group The Relocators will be playing at the popular Polo Gastro Pub.

INTERVIEWS 36 Boosting Ties

New Indonesian Ambassador HE Nur Syahrir Rahardjo discusses his hopes to do good and enhance bilateral relations.


42 Bystander There were momentous celebrations for both India and Pakistan this month, marking 70 years since independence with events across the island. Morocco too marked its national day and our photographers attended the party. They were also at media meets, charity events, store openings and more. Did they snap you?


Telling Tales!

Filmmaker and photographer Michael Bou-Nacklie talks about his craft.


Bright New Horizons

Jaguar Land Rover’s new GM Stephen Lay shares how he plans to make a difference.


Behind the Scenes

Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen talks about her role as CEO of Novo Cinemas.


A Fresh Perspective


Heralding a New Era

GM Desmond Acheson highlights his ambitions for Ramada Manama City Centre Bahrain. Sudheer Kaladi chats about his vision for the towering Juffair Gate Hotel. September 2017 3

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Issue 241

Contents September 2017 FEATURES Home Furnishings 49-52

BTM rounds up clever ways in which you can make your home look on-trend.


Saar Focus 55-57

A quick look at why Saar is the new up-market area on the island. 58


Passion Meets Precision

Charlie Holding test drives the stunning new beauty from Mercedes. 60-61 Sporty

and Stylish

The BMW 4 Series now sports an overhaul in the looks and features departments. 62 A

Cool and Classy Coupé

The latest model of the Audi A5 coupé is a truly dynamic one. 64 A

Super SUV

JAC’s new model is an enhanced combination of technology, functionality and performance. 66-67 Motoring



News and Launches

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


68 Gadgets: The newest gizmos in town 69 Music: Top Tunes

70 Computer Games: The hot games of the month 71 Websites: The coolest sites on the web 72 Apps: Essential apps 73 Movies: New releases 74


Deliciously Artistic

Puja Tiwari samples innovative cuisine at Gallery Café in Adliya. 76

Celebrate Good Times

Bennigan’s is now in Amwaj where fans can enjoy great grub and arresting views.




Pasta and Pizza Paradise


Turning Over A New Leaf

Otto is the new concept that offers an Italian-inspired breakfast and a delectable all-day menu. Ruka has upped its game to offer islanders an unmatched dining experience. 86-87

Adliya Dining

The Foodies’ Favourite Spot

BTM brings you a well-rounded guide to the ultimate district of dining — Adliya. 90-91

Sensational September

The calendar at Gulf Hotel is packed with top-notch gastronomy and entertainment all through the month. 94



Celebrate With Food

A round up of all the hottest dining for the festive period of Eid. 95

Table Hopping


What’s New: Must-have products 97-113 Marketplace: Latest products and services 114-115 Business Bites 96




118 Tarotscope 119 AD Index 120 WIN WIN

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Bahrain This Month September 2017

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• Boosting Ties


• Arabian Cricket Carnival International players and Bollywood celebrities

• Eid Festivities • Emoji Drop Game • Parties Galore

New Indonesian Ambassador HE Nur Syahrir Rahardjo

Two Michelin-Starred Chefs Visit Bahrain







Connect with Bahrain This Month:

• Telling Tales!

Filmmaker and photographer Michael Bou-Nacklie

September 2017 ~ Vol. 21 ~ Issue 9

George F. Middleton Publisher and Chairman


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With the end of summer fast approaching, people returning from their holidays and the arrival of Eid al-Adha, the island is abuzz with excitement. Our cover story this month tells readers all they need to know about the exciting Arabian Cricket Carnival. This star-studded event, with appearances from some of the biggest names in the great game as well as a promised host of Bollywood celebrities, promises family fun spread over nine days. Meanwhile, the other happenings pages are full of events taking place around town this Eid, including musical performances by Hind AlBahrainia and Saad Mahmood Jawad. And there are DJ appearances and pool parties galore throughout the month to make the most of the cooler weather. Our exclusive interview with Michael Bou-Nacklie – the man behind the award-winning documentary film, Asir: Sand in an Hourglass – sheds light on his passion for storytelling and inspiration for making the movie. We also catch up with the new Indonesian Ambassador, HE Nur Syahrir Rahardjo, who speaks about the problem of human trafficking and his hopes for his posting in Bahrain. And in the motoring section Charlie Holding chats to the new man at the helm of the island’s Jaguar Land Rover dealership and puts the latest offering from Mercedes through its paces. As well as our usual dining section – packed with the best places to grab a bite – we have a special feature that rounds up Adliya’s hottest cafés and restaurants to help you decide where to go for decadent delights and casual eats and there’s also information on Eid special offers around the Kingdom. We have a homes feature report to shed light on the best products and services Bahrain has on offer as well as the latest trends from around the world to help make your house a home. And our Saar Focus concentrates on an area that not only enjoys an abundance of excellent schools, but is packed with places to go, things to do and new developments galore from restaurants to malls. Whatever you’re up to this month, and whatever choices you make for leisure, dining and entertainment, make sure we’re your guide to a great way of life both in this magazine as well as online at www.


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Indian Independence Flag Hoisting

HE Alok Kumar Sinha, Indian Ambassador, hoisted the republic’s flag at the new embassy in Seef to mark his country’s Independence Day.

HE Alok Kumar Sinha and wife Mamta with enthusiastic young guests

Raising the standard

Patriotic Indians turned out to mark the occasion

Tanisha, Karan, Namitha & Melvin

Abdulla Abdul Latif

Indian Independence Day Reception HE Alok Kumar Sinha, Indian Ambassador,

hosted a reception in celebration of 70 years of India’s independence at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel. HE William Roebuck, HE Alok Kumar Sinha, Mamta & HE Kiyoshi Asako Khalifa Rumaihi & Arif Kammis

Parita, Hemant, Manjita & Kunal

Satiyendra, Arun, Dilip & PK Choudhury

Jaleel Al Ansari Neelam, Natasha, Fathima, Prathima, Sandhya, Meenakshi, Prasanna & Jennifer

Nabeel Ajoor & Abdulla Juma

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Marietta & Vani

William, BS Bhist & Joyce

Manoj Bhatia, HE Simon Martin & Yogesh Bhatia


Pakistan National Day Under the

HE Javed Malik joined management and staff at the K Hotel

Patronage of the Embassy of Pakistan, special ceremonies were arranged across Bahrain by the embassy and the community. HE Ambassador Javed Malik was the chief guest.

HE Javed Malik hoisting the national flag with Navy Captain Muhammad Ali and crew

Children at the Pakistan Club

HE Javed Malik marked the day at the Gulf Hotel

Vice Adm Kevin Donegan, Captain Imtiaz Ali & Commander Rehan Tahir

Shipboard Independence Celebration

A special ceremony attended by Pakistan Ambassador HE Javed Malik was organised on board Pakistani Naval Ship PNS Alamgir to mark the country’s Independence Day.

First Counsellor Jean-Philippe Fabregas, Ayten Eler, Charge D’Affaires, Turkish Embassy & Rear Admiral Emre Sezenlet

10 September 2017

HE Javed Malik (centre) with Rear Adm Naveed Rivzi, Captain Imtiaz Ali, Cdr Rihan, Murad Wazir & Cdr Muhammad Ali

HE Chayapan Bamrungphong, HE Kiyoshi Asako, HE Javed Malik, HE Willam V. Reobuck, HE Rami Al Adwan, HE Dr Ali Hassan Al Ahmadi and fellow guests

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Moroccan National Day

The Ambassador of His Majesty the King of Morocco, HE Ahmed Rachid Khattabi, and his wife Faouzia Belkaidi, held a reception at the Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain on the occasion of Moroccan National Day. HE Ahmed Rachid Khattabi addresses the gathering

Zaynab & Abir

Dr Jihan, Perwin & Fatema

Mrs Amal Al Dussari, Mr Al Faihani, Dr Sheikh Abdullah Al Khalifa, Mr Abdullah Abdullatif Abdullah, HE Ahmed Rachid Khattabi, Mr Jalahma & Mr Janoo

Othman Sherif, Mazen Alumran & Waleed Al Raees

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HE Alok Kumar Sinha, HE Alfred Simms-Protz & HE Simon Martin

HE Agus Salim Haji Yusof & Wani

HE Simon Martin, HE Abdul Redha Abdullah Al Khoury & HE Abdulrahman Khalil Ahmed Afandi

Hayat, Georget and Ruqaya

Areej, Manal, Alham & Yasmin

HE Koo Hyunmo & HE Dr A Saj U Mendis

Habiba & Maryam

Fouzia & Faouzia


Indian Independence Day Event Lulu Hypermarket celebrated the 70th Indian Independence Day at Lulu Galleria Zinj HE Alok Kumar Sinha launches the event

The ambassador receives a celebratory bouquet

HE Alok Kumar Sinha tastes specially prepared food

The ambassador cutting a tri-coloured independence cake

HE Alok Kumar Sinha & Juzer Roopawala with Lulu management and staff

Areen Palace & Spa hosted the Indian Ambassador HE Alok Kumar Sinha and wife Mamta to Indian Indepedence Day Week Allaunch a week of celebrations to mark Indian Independence Day. The ambassador with the Al Areen team

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September 2017. HAPPENINGS YOUTH CITY 2030 When? Ongoing-September 8 Event? Personal Growth Venue? Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre Youth City 2030 is an annual event organised by Bahrain’s General Organisation for Youth and Sports (GOYS). It focuses on key growth areas for Bahraini youth, aiming to promote creative thinking among them and encourage talent in areas such as leadership, media, information technology, arts, languages, science, and sports. The Youth City project includes workshops and programmes to help children and young adults find their calling. Call 17 558-800.

FUN FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES When? Ongoing-September 9 Event? Toys Fest Venue? Dragon City Dragon City is hosting its first Dragon Toys Fest, an exciting event for children. It will showcase a variety of toys and feature a lively competition for remote controlled cars on a specially designed racing track. The competition is open to all and there are a number of prizes to be won. Visit

A CULTURAL OPPORTUNITY When? Ongoing-September 15 Event? Open Call Venue? N/A In celebration of ‘Muharraq, Capital of Islamic Culture 2018’, the Bahrain Authority for Culture & antiquities is holding an open call for submissions of texts and manuscripts relating to the city for a series of books. Participation is open to all cultural topics, including: poetry, prose, novels, short stories, studies, heritage and archaeology. Terms and conditions apply. The published books will be launched during the 18th Bahrain International Book Fair in 2018. Call 17 298-854 for details or send your entry to muharraq18@ 16 September 2017

EMOJI DROP GAME When? Ongoing-September 16 Event? Games Venue? City Centre Bahrain The mall’s central galleria is hosting various activities for visitors of all ages and there are exciting prizes to be won. To participate in the Emoji Drop game, customers spending BD40 or more – showing their receipts at the mall’s customer service desk – will receive an emoji disk, which can land on an ‘Instant Prize’ or a ‘Try Again’ slot. Instant prizes include mall gift cards ranging from BD5 to BD50, movie tickets, retail vouchers and emoji’s merchandise. Customers spending BD40 or more at any of the mall’s children fashion retailers can double their chances to win. The galleria will have a digital photo booth that places emoji filters onto shoppers’ faces and the pictures can be taken home in a branded frame. There is a kids’ area dedicated to creating masks with art and crafts. Visit

CAMP FOR KIDS When? Ongoing – September 30 Event? Summer Camp Venue? Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Keep your kids active this summer with swimming, dancing, yoga, sports and cooking. The camp, which runs from 9am-6pm, costs BD7 per hour or BD400 per month and is suitable for kids aged four to 12. Call 17 115-000.

MARHABA – DO NOT BE AFRAID When? September 1-3 Event? Marian Youth Conference 2017 Venue? Sacred Heart Church This special programme is organised for youths and young couples. Speakers from India and Africa will lead the sessions, which feature lively music, powerful worship, and fun activities. It takes place at Our Lady of Arabia Auditorium and the registration fee is BD6 per head. Call 34 374-135 or email

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EID EXTRAVAGANZA When? September 1-3 Event? Eid Entertainment Venue? Juffair Mall

A FESTIVAL OF TOGETHERNESS When? September 1-8 Event? Onam Celebration Venue? Kerala Catholic Association

When? Ongoing-September 8 Event? Personal Growth Venue? Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre E Call 17 558-800. When? Ongoing-September 16 Event? Games Venue? City Centre Bahrain E Visit www. When? Ongoing – September 30 Event? Summer Camp Venue? Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay E Call 17 115-000.

This exciting event brings together different communities for a special celebration. The mall will have a number of stalls selling goods from Bahrain, Pakistan, India, the Philippines, and China. Other stalls will serve cuisine from Thailand, Pakistan, India and, of course, traditional Arabic food. Meanwhile, there is plenty of entertainment to keep the whole family happy. Highlights include music by guitarist Jahanzeb Pasha and singer Adeel Mirza, a breakdancing performance, a magic show with games, and a children’s fashion show by Baheera Boutique. Entry is free. To book a stall, call 37 226-052.


This wonderful event brings together the Kerala community for a series of fun, family-friendly events. There will be a variety of cultural programmes, games, sports, and a payasam cooking competition. The event culminates with an Onam lunch. Call 17 232-109.

WIN BACK YOUR SCHOOL FEES When? September 1-9 Event? Shop and Win Venue? Seef Mall – Muharraq and Seef

When? September 1-4 Event? Eid Experience Venue? Hawar Islands Heya Beya is a special part of Eid al-Adha celebrations for Bahraini youngsters. The event is a rite of passage that marks the first sacrifice in their lives. Children dressed in traditional attire head to beaches and coasts and throw their cherished Heya Beya (plants or grass) into the sea while singing songs. The event takes place at sunset and is free for hotel guests; all are welcome to take part. To reach the island, there are boats from Durrat Marina Yacht Club. Call 17 641-666. 18 September 2017

When? Ongoing-September 30 Event? Spa Treatments Venue? Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay E Call 17 115-000. When? Ongoing-September 30 Event? Karting Venue? Bahrain International Karting Circuit (BIKC) E Call 1745-1745 or visit When? Ongoing-September 30 (Sunday to Wednesday) Event? Family Fun Venue? Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa E Call 17 636-394. When? Ongoing-September 30 Event? Fitness Classes Venue? Royal Golf Club E Call 17 750-777.

Seef Mall is hosting a ‘Back-to-School’ event at its Seef and Muharraq locations. It is part of the ‘Shop and Win’ campaign where shoppers spending BD20 or more will have the opportunity to enter a raffle draw at both malls and win one of two prizes. The prize will cover tuition fees for the year, worth up to BD4,500. If tuition fees have been previously paid, winners will be reimbursed. In parallel with the campaign, a variety of fun-filled activities for families and a maze will be set up in Seef Mall Muharraq and in the West Wing of Seef Mall, Seef District. The event will take place daily from 10am to 10pm. Children of all ages can participate in activities such as storytelling and colouring station in Seef Mall, Seef District. Seef Mall, Muharraq, will feature storytelling, airbrush epigraphy and an art station. Visit

When? September 1-3 Event? Marian Youth Conference 2017 Venue? Sacred Heart Church E Call 34 374-135 or email marhaba.conference@ When? September 1-3 Event? Entertainment Venue? Juffair Mall E Call 37 226-052. When? September 1-4 Event? Cultural Entertainment Venue? Hawar Islands E Call 17 641-666. When? September 1-8 Event? Onam Celebration Venue? Kerala Catholic Association E Call 17 232-109.

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ARABIAN CRICKET CARNIVAL (ACC) T-20 (2017) When? September 1-9 Event? Shop and Win Venue? Seef Mall – Muharraq and Seef E Visit www.seefmall. Dilhara Fernando

When? September 27-October 6 Event? Cricket Venue? Bahrain National Stadium Held under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, Bahrain Cricket Centre and KHK MMA Bahrain, in collaboration with Z Events and Entertainment, and Global Herald Sports Event, announces the biggest cricketing event in Bahrain – the Arabian Cricket Carnival (ACC) T-20 (2017). This fun-filled event aims to bring together communities and highlight cricket in the Kingdom. ACC T-20 gives visitors the opportunity to meet international cricketers and famous Bollywood celebrities (to be announced soon) as well as, of course, the fun of watching cricket. Bahrain Brave Hearts, Kuwait Crusaders, Oman Avengers, Dubai Destroyers, Emirates Hurricane and Arab Rangers are the participating teams. Each will include four international cricketers. Dilhara Fernando, Ricardo Powell, Johan van der Wath, Justin Kemp, Monty Panesar, Pedro Collins, Brett Hutton, Alex George Wakely, Rusty Theron, Davy Jacobs and Leon Johnson are some of the big-name stars playing alongside the GCC teams. Sri Lankan Dilhara Fernando has played in tests, one day internationals and T20Is in an international arena. He is a right-handed pace bowler and was a key member for the 2007 and 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup runnerup teams. Ricardo Lloyd Powell is a West Indian 20 September 2017

cricketer from Jamaica. He represented the Jamaican national team as well as the Trinidad and Tobago national team from 1997 to 2005. South African Johan van der Wath is an attacking right-handed batsman who usually bats in the lower middle order. He is also an aggressive right-arm medium-fast bowler. Adept at bowling slower balls and cutters, capable of hitting quick runs down the order, and athletic in the field, he possesses the qualities of the quintessential T20 cricketer and it was in this format that he achieved most of his success. Justin Kemp is a former South African right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-fast bowler. Despite his international career meeting a premature end, Kemp has been a key player for Cape Cobras in domestic cricket. He also represented Chennai Super Kings in 2010 after severing ties with the rebel ICL. Monty Panesar is an English international cricketer who currently plays for Northamptonshire. A left-arm spinner, he made his test debut in 2006 against India in Nagpur. He has also played for the Lions in South Africa. West Indian Pedro Collins is one of the very few left-handed seam bowlers who have had a chance to represent the West Indies cricket team. His bowling also is more dependent upon tidiness of line and length than the usual hit-thedeck kind of bowlers who have dominated Caribbean cricket. Brett Alan Hutton is an English righthanded batsman who bowls right-arm medium pace. He made his first-class debut for Nottinghamshire against the Marylebone Cricket Club in the Champion County match at the start of

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the 2011 season at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Alex George Wakely was picked for the England under-19s tour of Sri Lanka in 2006-07, he scored England’s only century of the tri-nation series with 108 from 140 balls against Sri Lanka. On October 1, 2007 he was selected as England under-19s captain for the 2008 World Cup Juan ‘Rusty’ Theron is a former South African cricketer. He played for the Chevrolet Warriors, the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL and the South Africa national team. He is a right-arm fast bowler and bats right-handed. He retired from South African domestic cricket on October 8, 2015. South African Davy Jacobs is a firstclass cricketer for the Warriors, having previously played for the Eagles cricket team. He is a right-handed batsman and has made over 3,000 first-class runs at an average above 40 and a highest score of 218. Leon Rayon Johnson captained the West Indies in the 2006 U-19 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka. In the 2007-08 domestic season he scored 427 runs at an average of 42.70 from six matches for Guyana in the Carib Beer Series. The tournament will be televised live on Sony TV and some of the Bollywood celebrities will also perform. There will be food stalls, a kids’ fun zone and more attractions to be announced soon. The action takes place each day from 1pm to 4.30pm and 5pm to 8.30pm. For pricing and ticket information, visit arabian-cricket-carnival-t20-tickets/

When? September 1-10 Event? Cricket Venue? Bahrain National Stadium E Visit www.eticketing. me/sports-tickets/ arabian-cricket-carnivalt20-tickets/ When? September 2 Event? Concert Venue? Cultural Hall E Visit When? September 3 Event? Concert Venue? Cultural Hall E Visit When? September 3-5 Event? Yoga Venue? 136.1 Yoga Studio Bahrain, Amwaj E Call 33 491-718. When? September 9 Event? Competition Venue? CH9 Hub, Amwaj E Email When? September 9 Event? Education Venue? Oasis Training Centre E Call 17 330-823. When? September 9 Event? InterNations Gathering Venue? Downtown Rotana InterNations members are invited to enjoy an exciting evening of networking and fun. ALTO rooftop restaurant and lounge, located on the 25th floor of the Downtown Rotana, is the perfect venue. There will be DJ music and a happy hour discount up to 50 per cent. There will be a raffle with dinner for two as the prize. E Visit www.internations. org When? September 11 Event? Bahrain Writers› Circle Monthly Meeting Venue? Umami Restaurant Get together for a literary evening and meet likeminded people, monthly meetings at 7.30pm. E Call 39 574-795


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MUSIC TO YOUR EARS When? September 2 Event? Concert Venue? Cultural Hall Coinciding with the second night of Eid al-Adha, the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities presents renowned Bahraini singer and musician Hind AlBahrainia in collaboration with the Bahrain Music Band. The show will include Hind’s own music as well as a number of national songs. The event starts at 8pm and is free to attend. Visit

CREATIVE COMPOSITIONS When? September 3 Event? Concert Venue? Cultural Hall Saad Mahmood Jawad – known as Fares Al Oud – will perform an exciting show for his fans in the Kingdom at 8pm. The spectacle will include a number of works by leading Arab musicians, composers and singers. Free admission. Visit

FLEXIBLE FUN When? September 3-5 Event? Yoga Venue? 136.1 Yoga Studio Bahrain, Amwaj 136.1 Yoga Studio Bahrain Amwaj collaborates with Marassi Al Bahrain for this event. Every session is a different experience, spanning the physical, mental and spiritual dimensions of yoga. Classical Hatha yoga by Dr Shrimuthi, Vinyasa Flow yoga by Charlene, and Iyengar yoga by Susie will take place on the first, second and third days respectively. It costs BD2 and starts at 6pm each day. Call 33 491-718.

EDUCATIONAL ADVICE When? September 9 Event? Education Venue? Oasis Training Centre This session will introduce parents and students to a number of universities as well as career counselling and mentoring support services. It is free to attend and starts at 10am. Call 17 330-823. 22 September 2017

START-UP COMPETITION When? September 9 Event? Competition Venue? CH9 Hub, Amwaj Seedstars GCC is a competition focused on emerging markets and fast-growing start-up scenes. Seedstars is a global organisation based in Switzerland with activities in more than 60 countries around the world. Its mission is to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through entrepreneurship and technology. Seedstars connects the best entrepreneurs with investors, corporates and media, and helps them to grow their business. It builds companies by bringing together resources, talents and growth techniques, and eventually, invests in the most promising entrepreneurs. The winning team of each local competition gets invited to Switzerland where they compete for investment of up to USD1 million that, together with the global network of entrepreneurs, will help them take their company to new heights. Once the finalist entrepreneurs are identified, there will be a capacity-building programme to sharpen their soft skills to pitch to investors. Email

TRACK ACTION! When? September 15 Event? Various Venue? Bahrain International Circuit There’s plenty going on at Bahrain International Circuit this month. If you’ve ever fancied getting behind the wheel of a turbo-boosted sports car, then the Renault Clio Cup Experience is an excellent choice. You can take part in lead-follow format with a professional driver or join in as a passenger for the co-pilot experience. The Open Track offers a thrill for all drivers. All cars need to be in roadworthy condition to take part, with no leaks or body damage. Officials at the event will assess your car’s suitability. You will also need to have an internationally recognised driver’s licence. The Radical SR3 Passenger Ride is great for amateurs and enthusiasts. The ultimate thrill comes only with the ultimate sports car and this is one mean machine that could qualify for a speed record of its own. Prices vary depending on the experience and package. Call 17 450-000.

When? September 12 Event? Bahrain Writers› Poetry Circle Meeting Venue? Umami Restaurant Enjoy an evening discussing and reciting poetry with fellow enthusiasts at 7.30pm. E Call 39 574-795. When? September 15 Event? Track Experience Venue? Bahrain International Circuit E Call 17 450-000. When? September 16 Event? Call Out III Venue? Malja – A Red Bull Space E Call 32 323-000. When? September 17-19 Event? Conference Venue? Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre E Visit www.steeb2017. com When? September 19 Event? Movie Screening Venue? Novo Cinema, Seef Mall, Muharraq E Call 17683-295. When? September 18 Event? Bahrain Writers› Circle Creative Workshop Venue? Umami Restaurant Get together for a literary evening and meet likeminded people, monthly meetings at 7.30pm. E Call 39 574-795. When? September 22 Event? Play Venue? British Club Bahrain E Call 17 728-245. When? September 22 Event? Comedy Venue? Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa Laugh Out Louder Season Two is guaranteed to tickle your ribcage with performances by Kautuk Srivatava and Sahil Shah. Tickets cost BD8. E Call 37 792-969. When? September 23 Event? Marriage/Soul Seekers Venue? Crowne Plaza Hotel E Call 39 452-484.







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CALLING ALL ARTISTS! When? September 16 Event? Call Out III Venue? Malja – A Red Bull Space


This is an open call to creative people in Bahrain. Without thematic restrictions, artists are invited to make original and conceptual artwork. The first edition of Call Out saw participation from 50 artists and over 75 art pieces, including paintings, drawings and illustrations, photography, graphic design, writing, and film, were submitted. Last year’s edition showcased the same diversity with a tighter-knit curation to elevate the exhibition to an even higher standard than the first edition. The Malja team invites all artists to submit one to five pieces of artwork for possible showcasing at the exhibition, which opens on the 16th and runs for six weeks. Call 32 323-000.

When? September 19 Event? Movie Screening Venue? Novo Cinema, Seef Mall, Muharraq Café Des Images film screenings are held each month and consist of recent movies representative of current French film production. In the first part of the screenings Bahraini and regional short films are shown. As part of each event, cocktails and snacks are served. The movies are in French with English subtitles and cost BD2 for nonmembers. The film Dalida starts at 7pm. Call 17683-295.

When? September 17-19 Event? Conference Venue? Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre bin Ali Mirza, Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs. The event will focus on solar energy and technologies within the renewable energy industry. Organisers say it will educate the public, develop common ideas,

When? September 28 Event? Movie Night Venue? La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art E Call 17 230-123, email info@lafontaineartcentre. net or visit www. When? September 27-October 14 Event? Photography Exhibition Venue? Gallery 21, Adliya. E Call 17 683-295 or email When? September 27-29 Event? Education Venue? Sheraton Bahrain Hotel E Call 17 533-533. When? October 6 Event? Jazz Fest Venue? Royal Golf Club E Call 17 751-266.


STEEB (Solar, Technology, Energy and Environment in Bahrain) 2017 is the first investment conference and exhibition for renewable and sustainable energy in the Kingdom. It is being held under the patronage of His Excellency, Dr Abdulhussain

When? September 27 Event? Concert Venue? Bahrain National Theatre E Call 17 172-300.

create job opportunities, and build prosperous business cooperation. It starts at 8am and is free to attend, but registration is required. Visit

When? October 7 Event? Charity Bike Ride Venue? The Westin Bahrain City Centre E Visit www. events/pedal4pink for details.

THEATRE FUN When? September 22 Event? Play Venue? British Club Bahrain

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The Performance Exchange Theatre Company from the UK will be staging two shows – Sherlock Holmes and The Gentlest Giant (for children). Sherlock Holmes, presumed dead, returns to London after three years and, with the assistance of Dr John Watson, attempts to solve a mystery and an unexplained murder. Holmes and Watson are unaware that the villainous syndicate of Professor Moriarty is implicated in the crime. Can the audience help? Tickets are on sale from the club’s reception and cost BD4 for members and BD6 for guests. An à la carte menu will be available. Doors open 6.30pm and the curtain goes up at 7.30pm. The Gentlest Giant is a 35-minute environmental show, followed by a 10 minute Q & A. The giant is a tree and he does his best to protect his home (the forest). Tickets are on sale from reception priced at BD1. A paying adult must accompany children under eight years. Call 17 728-245.

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MARRIAGE MADE EASIER When? September 23 Event? Marriage/Soul Seekers Venue? Crowne Plaza Hotel Finding the right partner has always been one of the greatest challenges we all face. Soul Seekers is for brothers and sisters in Islam who find it difficult to find the right marriage. With growing cultural expectations and demands as well as a stronger focus on developing careers and obtaining financial independence, Muslims are currently getting married later in life and are facing severe challenges in finding suitable partners. With the busy lives we live, Soul Seekers primary focus is to help identify potential marriage partners in a controlled and halal environment without compromising Islamic values, and encouraging free mixing. Tickets start from BD35 and the event begins at 4pm. Call 39 452-484.

ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE When? September 27 Event? Concert Venue? Bahrain National Theatre

EXPLORING THE PAST When? September 28 Event? Movie Night Venue? La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art Award-winning documentary, Asir: Sand in an Hourglass, will be screened. As Saudi Arabia marches towards modernity, it’s quickly losing one of the oldest and most vibrant parts of its history and culture. Globalisation has slowly exerted its pull on the 100-year-old country and the tribal communities in the southwest have paid the price, with many towns becoming almost devoid of anyone not in their late 80s. This documentary looks at what could happen in the next 20 years from the point of view of people trying to conserve their own culture in Asir. It is directed by Michael Bou-Nacklie, who will introduce his film at 7pm. Priced at BD10+, the ticket’s value can be used as credit at the restaurant on the same evening. Read about Michael’s passion for storytelling in our interview section. Call 17 230-123, email or visit www.

SPORT ON DISPLAY When? September 27-October 14 Event? Photography Exhibition Venue? Gallery 21, Adliya.

The Macao Chinese Orchestra, founded in 1987, will bring their unique brand of music to the Kingdom. The orchestra will perform traditional and modern pieces as well as commissioned works that feature elements of Macao’s culture. Tickets are on sale at Virgin Megastore City Centre. The show starts at 8pm. Call 17 172-300.

Each year Foundation Alliance Française organises an international photography contest within its wide network. Amateur photographers were invited to present works illustrating a sport that best portrayed the country and the values it conveys. The exhibition is free to attend and is open from midday to 8pm daily. Call 17 683-295 or email

AMERICAN EDUCATION When? September 27-29 Event? Education Venue? Sheraton Bahrain Hotel If you’re interested in studying in the US, check out ISN’s US Education Expo to find the perfect college or university for you. At the event, you will get the chance to speak face to face with admissions officers from some of the top 20 US colleges and universities and get 26 September 2017

the answers you need about the admission process, tuition fees, and scholarship opportunities. The expo is free of charge for students interested in undergraduate, graduate, and English programmes. Parents are also encouraged to come and meet the college representatives. The event is free to attend and starts at 6pm. Call 17 533-533.



When? October 6 Event? Music Festival Venue? Royal Golf Club The Royal Jazz Fest is Bahrain’s first international jazz festival. The, family-friendly event takes place at the club’s driving range. Expect the vibrant sounds of jazz, blues, swing, gypsy jazz, ska and electro as the spotlight falls on highly acclaimed international bands and Bahrain’s best jazz acts.

All members are seasoned performers in their own right and have either won or been nominated for Jack Daniels Rock Awards in keyboards, bass, drums and vocals categories for their work with the band. The Electric Swing Circus (ESC) has a powerful sound that combines vintage samples, electro beats, gypsy-jazz guitar, electric double bass, keys, live drums and dirty synths. Fronted by an engaging female double-act – who perform an extensive variety of vocal styles – the ESC delivers a consistently dazzling show. Bahrain’s Ahmed Al Qasim will delight fans with a performance. The Likwid musician has a loyal following thanks to his mesmerising rhythms and cool, classy compositions.

The Ska Vengers is a new Delhi-based band who blend ska rhythms with elements of dub, punk, jazz and rap to come up with music that is refreshingly different, energetic and highly danceable.

Electro swing dance band Swing Zazou combine vintage 30s’ & 40s’ big band and gypsy swing with live-mixed beats. Their sound is a foot-stomping recipe of soaring hot-swinging licks, driving swing-scat vocals, and vintage harmonies. The Speakeasies Swing Band has performed around the world, winning over crowds with energetic live shows. They have shared the stage with big names such as Parov Stelar, Ray Collins, Cherry Poppin Daddies, Hillbilly Moon Explosion and Emanuele Urso. Dihann Moore & The SheGroovee Band will perform a captivating set packed with enthusiasm. The Mohammed Rashid Trio featuring Banah are set to rock the stage. The trio is heavily inspired by the revolutionary playing style of gypsy jazz pioneer Django Reinhardt, while simultaneously infusing contemporary renditions of both Arabic and Western classics to produce a sound that will take you all the way back to 1930s Paris.

Captain Tea is an electronic musician and DJ. He’s a genre bender, who loves to groove out to funk, afro-beat, house, Latin, a sprinkling of jazz, and a slice of techno for good measure. Call 17 751-266. For tickets, visit www. royal-jazz-fest

PEDAL FOR PINK When? October 7 Event? Charity Bike Ride Venue? The Westin Bahrain City Centre Get on your bike for a great cause. This charity ride is being held to raise funds for Think Pink – Bahrain’s breast cancer society. The first group will leave the hotel at 7am sharp – aiming to ride at 28kmph for 60km – and the second group will leave at 7.05am – riding at 20kmph for 40km. Coffee will be served before the event and there will be a full breakfast afterwards at the hotel. Further, there will be a raffle with valuable prizes, including a round trip flight for two to Europe, Westin vouchers for a stay, 28 September 2017

UFC Gym membership, and Bahrain Merida merchandise. There are three registration packages available – BD5, BD40 and BD80. Visit for details.


Asia Jewellers Reopening Asia Jewellers officially reopened its boutique at City Centre Bahrain. Asia Jewellers management and guests at the event

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Party time at Coral Bay

There are exciting times on the cards with a change of management at some of the island’s favourite dining and entertainment venues. The much-loved Coral Bay, long known for its beachside DJ events and pool parties as well as the dining venues Fish Mania and La Taverna, has been taken over jointly by Remya and Expertise Management, owned and operated by Madan and Sha. The venture will be run under the aegis of industry veteran and fitness freak Madan, who has previously been involved with venues such as Cocoon, Wranglers and Champs. He says: “It’s still owned by Bahrain business tycoon Akram Miknas, chairman of Promoseven. He just wanted one group to take over so he would not have to shoulder the stress of everyday management of the property.” Spectacular happenings organised by Miami Events Bahrain, with support from the Kingdom’s tourism industry, will showcase many artists from the US, Africa and Europe, and Madan Perattur sees this as the start of a series of high-profile musical appearances aimed at raising the venue’s profile and putting it back on track. On September 1 there will be an off-thechart extravaganza featuring Maurizio Colella, better known as EDX, who has made a name for himself on the international EDM stage, featuring in the world’s finest clubs and festivals to crowds in excess of 60,000 – 30 September 2017

from Miami to Los Angeles, Las Vegas to New York, São Paolo to Rio de Janeiro and Seoul to Taipei. This chart-topping Switzerland-based DJ/ producer has worked with some of the biggest names in music, including Axwell, Benny Benassi, Kelis, Deadmau5, Armand Van Helden, Bob Sinclar and many others. His remixes have been consistently featured on various DJ charts such as the DMC Buzz, Cool Cuts and Beatport, and he was even ranked in the TOP 3 of Beatport’s Best Progressive House Artists alongside Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz. On September 8, Coral Bay will play host to the island’s biggest Pool and Beach Festival, featuring Jamaican reggae fusion and dancehall artist Serani best known for his work with Sean Paul and the 2010 single No Games. This event, which will include a host of topflight DJs, is described as a clash of the biggest genres in music, hip-hop/R&B vs reggae/dancehall. Food fans visiting Coral Bay can look forward to delicious gourmet delicacies with a wider range of tastes being added to the fish menu, which is due to relaunch featuring surf and turf, keeping the delicious fish side of its offering but adding top-quality meats to the mix. The company also manages Torino in Adliya where DJ Whoo Kid, who’s signed to G-Unit Records and mixed the much-hyped recent reunion of 50 Cent and G-Unit, will be paying a return visit in September. Torino is a fabulous

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steak house and is also home to one of the best ladies’ nights around so look out for more details of further upcoming performances. The recently opened Yard House, at the Diva Hotel, is a high-energy, themed, speciality American sports bar and restaurant in Juffair, which promises great fun, exemplary service and a wonderful atmosphere. There’s also an extensive selection of local mocktails and more than 10 wall-to-wall big HD flat-screen TVs that capture the energy of a sports stadium, as well as a dart board and pool table. The venue will soon be introducing live band performances so watch out for the latest news. Luxx Lounge at the Panorama Hotel is another member of the stable, which is due to host an official launch party at the end of September. The management team of Madan and Sha describe themselves as young dreamers, inspiring and enterprising, driven by passion and faith.

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When? September 1 Event? EDX Venue? Coral Bay

When? September 2 Event? Ministry of Sound Venue? InterContinental Regency

Italian DJ Maurizio Colella, better known by his stage name EDX, will set the stage on fire at Coral Bay. It’s going to be another day partying away at the pool, with EDX as the special guest. Supporting performances by Andy Collins, Cossta and Swif are to be surefire hits to keep the crowds rocking from 3pm to 1am. Limited presale tickets are priced at BD10 and are available at Coral Bay’s main reception and at Torino Restaurant & Lounge. Presale tickets will also be available online soon. Tickets at the door cost BD15 for gents and BD5 for ladies. Call 34 223-992 / 32 223-323.

Get ready for a heady high as one of the biggest parties hits Downtown! Its going to be a night full of fun and entertainment. Shake a leg to the tunes of Dave Castell as well as warm-up DJs John and Detour, as you enjoy some cool beverages. Hurry up and get your tickets before September 2 to enjoy the special entrance fee rate of BD10 only. Tickets at the door will cost BD15. Call 17 227-777.



When? September 1 Event? DJ Teddy Jam Live Venue? Club Liv

When? September 2 Event? Salsation by Salsabor Venue? Bossa Nova

Celebrate the first day of Eid with DJ Teddy Jam Live at the happening Club LIV in Juffair. The performance will be supported by DJ Riddler, DJ Nader and DJ Tiger. Born in Africa and raised in Dubai, DJ Teddy Jam discovered his love for music at a young age. He started DJing in the ‘90s and is the first DJ in the Middle East that plays vinyls. He is internationally known and has performed with renowned artists such as Akon, Joe, 112, Dru Hill, Redman, Montell Jordan, Blackstreet, B2k, K-Young, Horace Brown, Keith Sweat, Ying Yang Twins, Peteyc Pablo, Lil Jon, Lil Eddie and many more. Entry costs BD5 for gents and is free for ladies. Call 66 600-025 / 66 620-220.

Get ready to show your best moves. The biggest salsa promotor joins forces with Bahrain’s newest venue. Salsation is back to get you grooving to sensational vibes, and what better place than in Bossa Nova’s chic ambience? Women can enjoy complimentary beverages whilst dancing the night away. Call 36 441-553

INTERNATIONAL STAR When? September 2 Event? DJ Benny D, Akon’s official DJ Venue? Cavallo Club This venue is going all out this Eid to pump up the energy once the lights go down with none other than DJ Benny’s tunes. A native of the Virgin Islands now based in Atlanta, DJ Benny is well renowned by his peers and fans alike as a highenergy entertainer, drawing in audiences worldwide with his engaging performances. His hard work and dedication to the entertainment industry has led this 32 September 2017

multitalented DJ, producer, actor and rapper to working alongside all-time greats like Akon, Verse Simmonds, Eve, Kardinal Offishall, Rock City and many more. The headliner will be supported by DJ Kartoon, DJ Peekaboo and DJ Cossta behind the decks spinning the hottest hits on the island. Call 39 736-547 / 33 043-014.

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When? September 3 Event? Shakeyobonzi Beach Party Venue? Palm Beach Amwaj

When? September 7 Event? Black Light Night Venue? Ibrida, Ramee Grand

Dallah Promotions is back with the killer event of the season. Boys and girls, get your beachwear out to enjoy the most outstanding beach party in the cool precincts of Amwaj Marina. The event has the best line-up of DJs including DJ SANTI, DJ Sham, DJ Swing, DJ Arwin and DJ FatZee and will be hosted by @AwesomeKhalid. The party will keep guests entertained from noon to midnight. Entry is open to 18+ only. Limited pre-sale tickets cost BD10 and BD15 at the door. Dress code is beachwear. Tickets are available at Virgin Megastores, MJ’s Bowling Lounge and Burger Fuel KSA. Call 66 664-447 / 36 994-343.

It’s that time when groundRULEZ follows up last year’s most successful Black Light Night party that took the island by storm. This year the event will be on an even bigger scale so get ready for a Black Light experience that is known to be legendary. The line up of DJs for the night are SW!F, Sooz and Hitch, who will be playing nothing but the best of commercial house, EDM, hip-hop, R&B and many more of your favourite tunes. Make sure to mark the date for a night to remember. Free limited invitations will be available soon. Call 38 888-019.

EVENING OF SONG When? September 3 Event? Concert at Al Qasr Tent Venue? Al Areen Palace & Spa Ammar Mejbel and Abdullah Al Humayem will be playing at this fantastic destination resort’s grand Al Qasr tent, which makes a perfect stage for this entertaining rendition. The event starts at 8pm and will go on till midnight. Price is BD40. Call 17 845-000.

GO DESI When? September 7 Event? Bollylicious Where? Elements, InterContinental Regency Bahrain Dance the night away to the best in Bollywood. Bollylicious returns with a magical night at a new fivestar venue for all the classy Bollywood fans on the island. With resident disc turner, DJ DSZD spinning thumping tunes, this one will be a night to remember. Ladies enter free and all guests get one free drink with every ticket 34 September 2017

purchased. There is also a new DJ to kick of the first few hours of the night, DJ Mudo! Tickets for men are priced at BD8 up to September 6, and will be BD12 thereafter. Dress code: party wear. Bring along your swimwear if you wish to! Call 33 884-222

When? Tuesdays Event? R&B Beats with DJ Detour Venue? Meisei Ladies can enjoy three complimentary drinks including; selected red or white wine and frozen margaritas. E Call: 17007770. When? Wednesdays Event? Salsa Night Venue? Meisei The most elegant ladies salsa night with three free glasses of sparkling from 8pm-10.30pm. Entry for men is BD7 including two drinks. E Call 17007-770. When? Thursdays Event? Ladies’ Night Venue? Bushido Three free dinks for ladies from 9pm to midnight. Free entry for all. E Call 17 583-555. When? Saturdays Event? The Shakedown Club Venue? Meisei Learn the hottest new dance craze that›s taking the island by storm, all skill levels are welcome E Call 17 007-770. When? September 1 Event? DJ Enzo Venue? Café Amsterdam Free entry for ladies all night, BD10 for gents from 11pm. E For bookings, call 17 007404. When? September 1 Event? EDX Venue? Coral Bay E Call 34 223-992 / 32 223323. When? September 1 Event? DJ Teddy Jam Live Venue? Club Liv E Call 66 600-025 / 66 620220. When? September 2 Event? Ministry of Sound Venue? InterContinental Regency E Call 17 227-777.

LET’S GET WET When? September 8 Event? Showdown Pool & Beach Festival Venue? Coral Bay Bahrain is getting ready for a great Pool and Beach Festival at Coral Bay. Besides international superstar Serani of billboard-charting song No games there will be others wowing the crowds in what promises to be a clash of the biggest genres of music – hip-hop /R&B vs reggae /dancehall – with a host of Djs in the house: Riddler, Teddy Jam, Lil And Jedd De Don Dada. Entry is BD10 for gents and BD8 for ladies. Military members get in free with ID. Call 36 871-019.

IT’S YOUR MONTH When? September 15 Event? Virgo Party Venue? Cellar 59, ART Rotana

FELICITATIONS! When? September 15 Event? JJ’s 18th Anniversary Venue? JJ’s JJ’s Irish Restaurant is pulling out all stops to celebrate its 18th birthday this year. This milestone calls for a huge celebration and the venue is set to do just that. Resident DJ Matt warms up the after brunch party crowd from 5pm onwards along with band Toxic, followed by a very special tribute to Michael Jackson by Forever! Be sure to participate in the legendary birthday celebrations. Tickets are BD5 for gents at the door from 6pm onwards, ladies enter free. Call Ahmed on 33 843-005.

BAHRAINI BAND When? September 22 Event? The Relocators Live Venue? Polo Gastro Pub

ART Rotana is celebrating all Virgos this month at Cellar 59 with complimentary bubbly and cake for all birthday celebrants. DJ Amm will turn the heat up with English house music and R&B songs, while the in-house dancer gives a spicy performance. Timing is from 9.30pm-2am. Entry is free for all. VIP tables with special drinks are available. Call 16 000-111.

Bahraini alternative rock and Blues band The Relocators will be playing at this laid-back pub loved by music aficionados. The band comprises drummer Ali Al-Qasser, vocalist and guitarist Faisal Amin and Romeriko Canlas on the bass. In a short period they’ve become one of Bahrain’s most exciting live bands. The members have individually performed on the local music scene for a number of years. Call 17 725-000

When? September 2 Event? DJ Benny D, Akon’s official DJ Venue? Cavallo Club E Call 39 736-547/33 043-014. When? September 2 Event? Salsation by Salsabor Venue? Bossa Nova E Call 36 441-553. When? September 3 Event? Shakeyobonzi Beach Party Venue? Palm Beach Amwaj E Call 66 664-447/36 994-343. When? September 3 Event? Concert at Al Qasr Tent Venue? Al Areen Palace & Spa E Call 17 845-000. When? September 7 Event? Black Light Night Venue? Ibrida, Ramee Grand E Call 38 888-019. When? September 7 Event? Bollylicious Where? Elements, InterContinental Regency Bahrain E Call 33 884-222. When? September 8 Event? Showdown Pool & Beach Festival Venue? Coral Bay E Call 36 871-019. When? September 8 Event? Tom Swoon Venue? Ibrida Party goers revel with one of the world’s top DJs. E Call 33 590-045. When? September 15 Event? 18th Anniversary Venue? JJ›s E Call 33 843-005. When? September 15 Event? Virgo Party Venue? Ibrida E Call 16 000-111. When? September 22 Event? The Relocators Live Venue? Polo Gastro Pub E Call 17 725-000.

SING YOUR HEART OUT When? Date to be confirmed Event? Karaoke Contest Venue? Wembley, Atiram Premier Hotel Sing for your supper – or rather a range of prizes –

with the island’s newest karaoke contest. The date’s still to be announced but we’re assured it will be sometime in the coming month and BTM will be providing a judge! Check out our social media for further info as and when we get it. September 2017 35


BOOSTING TIES LIZ O’REILLY New Indonesian Ambassador HE Nur Syahrir Rahardjo speaks about the problem of human trafficking and his hopes for his posting in Bahrain.


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The ambassador presents his credentials to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

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is Excellency is familiar with both the Kingdom and the wider region. He says: “My first diplomatic posting, from 1989 to 1992, was in Kuwait as head of the economic section. We also covered both Bahrain and Qatar. The first time I came here was in 1990 and I can hardly recognise it – though I remember the Bab Al Bahrain. There has been lots of development since then; it’s very impressive and I like it.” After studying international relations at university, His Excellency joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1984. He began his career in Kuwait and was posted to Greece from 1994 to 1998 and San Francisco from 2001 to 2005. Surinam from 2010 to 2014 was his first posting as ambassador and he has always been engaged in economic affairs. Having arrived in Bahrain just a few months ago, the ambassador says his first impressions [this time around] are favourable, adding: “I am surprised by how very friendly the Bahraini people are and I feel very welcome.” The island’s Indonesian community is estimated at around 10,000 people but only about half that number are registered. “I believe some have come from other Gulf countries illegally and are working in the nonformal sector. Less than 1,000 are in the skilled


sector,” says His Excellency. “This is my big problem and I’m addressing it with the help of the LMRA and the police. Indonesia has already stopped some categories of workers coming to the Gulf but they still manage to come here illegally – it’s people-smuggling in some cases – we are working with the Bahraini authorities. They are being very helpful and I expect ever-closer cooperation in the future.” The embassy also runs a shelter, which is currently home to 14 women who have sought diplomatic assistance. “Sometimes it’s a question of helping with paperwork, sometimes it’s in seeking a settlement from their employer so they can go home,” says the ambassador. He is fully committed to helping in any way possible. The cordial relations also extend to commerce, where the current figure for trade between the two countries stands at over USD100 million per year – Indonesia exports USD41 million to Bahrain, in things such as vehicle parts, electronics, textiles and furniture, and imports USD61 million, in oil and aluminium. His Excellency says: “There is a lot of room for this figure to grow and one of the areas in which we hope to enhance relations is tourism. I have invited Gulf Air to launch a

flight to Indonesia, which would allow it to pick up the Umra passengers going to Saudi Arabia, and I am hopeful of starting discussions on this.” He adds that his ambition is to further boost ties, saying: “My goals include enhancing bilateral relations and trade and also increasing high-level cooperation. I’m hoping for senior level visits from the Indonesian Ministry of Defence and chief of staff for Bidec 2017 and also, towards the end of this year, I hope to welcome the Foreign Minister for the Manama Dialogues. Next month, there will be a ministerial visit by the SME Ministry [small and medium enterprises] at which we will share experiences. Also next month there is a trade expo in Jakarta, to which I have invited a number of business people. “Further, on investment, we are offering some projects to Bahrain. We have a lot of raw material aluminium in Indonesia and we’re inviting Bahraini businesses to exploit that.” Of his time in Bahrain, the ambassador concludes: “Hopefully I can do some good here, of course with the support of my Bahraini colleagues. My aim is to enhance and increase bilateral relations which, in the future, I hope will be stronger and stronger. And my message to everyone is ‘Visit Indonesia’.”



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TELLING TALES! APPLE SHARMA The award-winning documentary film, Asir: Sand in an Hourglass, captures a forgotten culture. The man behind the camera, filmmaker and photographer Michael Bou-Nacklie, shares his passion for storytelling.


he zeal for narrating untold tales has been a common denominator throughout Swiss-Lebanese Michael’s career, from being a journalist to writer, editor, blogger, photographer and cinematographer. “This sounds very trite but I’ve always been drawn to storytelling and that’s what got me into journalism,” says Michael. “I was particularly fascinated with Saudi Arabia – I had lived there as a kid in high school. Something about it not being accessible to the rest of the world really appealed to me from a storytelling perspective.” Enraptured by the secluded region of Asir in Saudi Arabia, Michael wanted to depict the effect of globalisation on the nation and the toll it has taken on the history and culture of a dwindling tribal community in the southwest. “Saudi is a really young country – it’s 100 years old on paper – but because of the rapid expansion so much of the history has just been left by the wayside,” he says. His exploration gave birth to a series of images that turned into a book and a film of the same name – Asir: Sand in an Hourglass – which will be screened on September 28 at La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art. “I’m always fascinated by stories of people who don’t have a voice,” Michael explains. “The people of Asir are completely different. They’re very proud of who they are. They reject a lot of the mainstream Saudi culture because they’ve been forgotten for a long time. The tribes still live in remote areas. The only way to get to them is through mountains and river beds, and it rains a lot in there so you can’t access the areas. “My main impetus for doing this book and film was I wanted to talk about this place because it’s so interesting. It’s a real shame that there’s this rich history that in the next 20 years could 38 September 2017

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either change to the point where it’s substantially unrecognisable or it just vanishes, and I’m afraid it’s going to be the latter.” Asir was the winner of the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards last year. “I also won an honourable mention from the SF Independent Film Festival,” Michael adds graciously. “To be nominated and win awards; it’s a good feeling. I don’t like my work generally but I enjoyed this film because it’s just a different story and nobody really tells it.” His company, Fancy Hat Multimedia, also produces other films which are mostly nonfiction, including corporate documentaries. Of his ongoing projects he says: “I’m working on one now about human trafficking and another about, not so much being a refugee, but being stateless – people who’ve had their identities taken away from them for whatever reason. “I’m just drawn to storytelling and not in a way that I want to be the next Martin Scorsese. There’s something about a well-told, true story – hearing someone tell their own story – for me that’s very interesting. My problem with a lot of discourse is that no one is listening to anyone – they’re just kind of talking at each other. The difference with documentaries like mine, I think, is it’s people sitting and saying what their life is about – you can’t argue with that.” Michael drew inspiration in his younger days from Discovery Channel and National Geographic, so it comes as no surprise that some of his biggest heroes are renowned photographers David Alan Harvey, Ernesto Bazan and Amy Toensing. Some of his favourite films include The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou by Wes Anderson and Baraka, a non-narrative documentary filmed over 10 years.

Giving a word of advice to aspiring young filmmakers, he says: “Just find something you like and learn out more about it, and then try and make it something that’s universal.” Michael loves travelling, hanging out with his dog – a Great Dane named Sheba – and enjoys being based here and the spirit of Bahrain. With a genuine passion for giving people good stories, he’s found another one close to home – one that involves Bahraini cowboys – watch this space!


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Stephen Lay

BRIGHT NEW HORIZONS CHARLIE HOLDING The new general manager at this prominent car dealership talks about his plans to drive the brand forward.


tephen Lay has taken the reins at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Bahrain and he’s determined to implement small changes that will make a big difference. With a background that is predominantly premium, he is no stranger to luxury marques and his vast experience – especially with JLR – is definitely something he’s drawing on. Stephen is familiar with the region and previously worked in Saudi Arabia as the sales director for BMW. After the birth of his son, he decided to move back to his native UK but, before he left, a chance encounter set him on a new path. A friend offered him a test drive in his swanky new Range Rover Sport. “I wasn’t really that keen,” Stephen explains. “But it turned out being great and, at that point, I knew I wanted to work with the brand. It wasn’t really based on one test drive, to be fair, I kept his car for a week after that!” Upon his return to the UK, Stephen took a job with Jaguar Land Rover in Suffolk. He spent the next three years learning more about the brand 40 September 2017

and working his way up the ranks before relocating to a larger, more prominent facility. When he got the call from Euro Motors, it was simply an offer he couldn’t refuse. “Bahrain has been my destination of choice in the Middle East for a while so it was the right brand, the right destination. It was everything I was looking for,” he says. Since taking on his new role, Stephen has wasted no time getting to work and has hired team members from overseas as well as promoting locals. “We just invested in a new management team, promoted Bahrainis from within to roles that didn’t exist before, and we’ve hired new technicians too. It’s all about improvement and making sure we’ve got the right people,” Stephen says. “I’ve brought a new service manager from the UK – he’s got lots of experience working with VVIPs and so we’re bringing that level of customer service to Bahrain. We are very much aligned when it comes to our thoughts on customer service and how we run our teams

and, for me, that is where we need to start.” Perhaps the biggest change on the agenda is the implementation of the JLR Customer First system. Stephen explains: “Jaguar Land Rover is all about being transparent and easy to do business with, giving customers a much better, more personalised experience. We need to be honest and up front rather than over promising and under delivering. We want to make small, realistic changes, taking the people we have and developing them and making sure our team is the best it can be. I’m really excited about the next 12 months – there’s loads to do and we have exciting new products to launch.” When it comes to his experience with Euro Motors, Stephen says the support he has received from the management makes all the difference. He explains: “Euro Motors is also going through a period of change. Mr Majid Al Zayani is the new MD and he’s been really supportive in making the changes and driving the business forward.”


Rotary Social Evening

More than 60 members of the Rotary Club of Manama and Rotaract enjoyed a social evening of dinner, games and dancing at the Capital Club. Members enjoying the get together

Mahmood Nija, Abdul Husain Dawani & Faisal Juma


Tim & Jameela

Norr Al Alwawi & Dr Bijan

Mr and Mrs Moussi

Karen & Euan

Mr and Mrs Moussi, Khandan Jazari, Huda Al Alawi & Ahdeya Ahmed

Henni, Rashida & Vicky

Renuka & Khalid

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Debbie at the Spectre movie premiere

1. Please tell us a little about yourself – how long have you been with the company and what is your previous experience? From a young age, I have had a passion for cinema and I’ve worked with Novo Cinemas since July 2013. Before my time at Novo, I was based in Bahrain working at Bahrain Exhibition and Convention Authority and had a career in MICE [meetings, incentive, conferences and events] tourism and hospitality but, as both industries focus on guest experiences, it made moving into the entertainment industry a natural progression. There’s a perfect synergy between tourism and film entertainment and the similarities across industries became very apparent. 2. What does your role as CEO entail? As a leader, it is important to never lose sight of our goals and how to achieve them. The answer is always based on teamwork since it is impossible to run a profitable business alone. I believe that the key to success is understanding how to lead, teach, motivate and encourage your team every step of the way. That is the management style I have consistently adopted and it has always worked for me. While there are many aspects to being a successful CEO, I believe that investing in the most valuable asset – employees – is incredibly important. A mentoring approach helps the team develop within the business, as well as in their own career journey. 3. When did Novo Cinemas launch in Bahrain? How many screens does it have? Novo opened in Bahrain in 2014 at Seef Mall Muharraq with 14 screens, including an IMAX [digital cinema projection system], the first of its kind in Bahrain, and a seven-star VIP screen. 4. What is Novo’s unique selling point – what makes it stand out from the competition? What products and services does it offer? 42 September 2017

Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen

BEHIND THE SCENES APPLE SHARMA Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, CEO of one of the largest cinema companies in the region, talks about her role at the helm of an exciting entertainment industry player. Since its inception, Novo Cinemas has been one of the market leaders, opening its doors in 2004, as the first IMAX in the region at the Ibn Battuta Mall Megaplex in Dubai and now in Bahrain too. Since then, the brand has strived to be a pioneer in the cinema space through introducing a range of products and services, including seven-star cinema experiences, healthy food and beverage options, as well as alternative content, such as screenings of El Clásico football, live boxing matches from Las Vegas, and a Bolshoi Ballet series of performances. We currently have an extensive network of 154 screens and 23,000 seats in 15 locations across the GCC, with five dedicated IMAX screens in the region, including the largest IMAX with laser in the MENA region. 5. What is the company’s focus in the Kingdom for this year? Are there plans of expansion, in terms of services or branches? We’ve had a very busy 12 months at Novo with exciting developments across several of our locations and more in the pipeline for 2018. We have seven seven-star locations across our network, with more coming this year. Novo Cinemas’ ongoing expansion will see its numbers grow to over 220 screens in more than

22 locations by 2018. During all of these new endeavours, we’re still happily hosting corporate events at our cinemas – product launches, annual meetings, et cetera – as well as school visits to enjoy the educational catalogue of documentaries available in our IMAX screens. 6. What upcoming new releases can the audience in Bahrain expect for September? We will be showing all the latest Hollywood and Bollywood blockbusters including sci-fi adventure film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, classic horror remake IT and, in IMAX, actioncomedy Kingsman: The Golden Circle. 7. Apart from work, what are you most passionate about in life? Aside from work, my family and I are constantly on the move. We go to the movies at least twice a week, go out for dinner as a family, travel and explore new places. We also regularly commute back and forth to Bahrain to catch up with our daughter, Georgia, and the many friends we have there – both Bahraini and expats. 8. What is your all time favourite film? My favourite movie is La La Land – I have already seen it six times!


Homage to Thai Kings The Gulf Hotel hosted the ‘Homage to the Great Thai Kings’ dinner with a performance by pianist Nat Yontararak.

Pat, HE Nor Huda

Ploy & Namrin

Rahim, Nat, Pa-Wongduen, Ganita & HE Chayapan Bamrungphong

Serm, Kusalin & Titiya Siti Fatema & Peninnah

Ganita & Perwin

Supreeda & Chareeya

Charbel, Armi & Ryan


Chanakan & Poy

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anadian national Desmond Acheson is now at the helm of the property having recently taken over as general manager of Ramada Manama City Centre Bahrain. Set in a prime location, the hotel boasts 140 sizeable rooms and suites, a spa, a gym, an authentic Reem Al Bawadi Levantine restaurant – with a patio and shisha terrace, more than 400 sq/m of meeting space with spectacular sea and city views, and an outdoor rooftop pool. In addition, a new westernthemed restaurant – called Patio – is opening in time for Eid Al Adha and will feature a stylish and funky menu with an ultimate focus on fresh home-made soup as well as excitingly innovative salads and sandwiches. In addition, a lobby lounge will also be launched in the near future. Desmond explains “The location of the property is in the prime district of Seef, and in close proximity to the world class malls and the exhibition centre. The focus will be on local clientele for the food and beverage outlets, and on guests from Saudi Arabia, neighbouring Gulf countries and other nations around the world for the accommodation. We are very proud of the spacious and state-ofthe-art guest rooms. Now the critical ingredient is for us to train our team to provide consistently attentive personalised service, contrasting dining choices, superlative meeting experiences, and to make sure that we pay close attention to the local market. It is extremely important for us to become part, and a supporter, of our local community.” Desmond has a world of experience in luxury hospitality, having worked with a host of innovative hotel companies across the globe. “I was educated in England and Northern Ireland, before I emigrated to Canada, where I worked for eight years,” he says. “I have been very fortunate to have worked with industry pioneers in the luxury hospitality industry in North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South Africa.” Although this is Desmond’s first time to work in the Gulf region, this dynamic hotelier is thrilled to be in Bahrain, as he builds on the experience he gained in his time in Egypt and other locations. “I loved the challenge and excitement that came as part-and-parcel of my job in Cairo, and I am excited to see what is in store for me here,” he adds. Having been in Bahrain for just two months, he has found that the culture and cosmopolitan feel of the island is already growing on him. 44 September 2017

Desmond Acheson

A FRESH PERSPECTIVE PUJA TIWARI This hotel in the heart of the Seef district has a new leader with an ambitious vision to strategically boost profile and business. “From my initial impressions, Bahrain seems refreshingly mellow in comparison to Egypt, and people have a gentler approach when it comes to dealing with you. Everyone appears to have time for each other, which is a life skill and something that seems to be vanishing in many other parts of the world. So, this is very nice,” he says. When it comes to tourism being a major player in Bahrain, Desmond says he feels very encouraged by the tourism infrastructure on the island and the evident interest of the Kingdom’s decision makers to develop Bahrain as a major destination. This involves promoting the island as an attractive and competitive location for specific events, be they cultural, architectural, fashion-related, artistic or sports, without forgetting the supreme importance of the oil and gas industry, as well as international finance. The hospitality industry is here to

support and build on this, and will be the one to ultimately benefit from all this focus. When asked what he considers to be the best-loved aspect of his career in the hotel and catering industry, he says: “Witnessing the victories of former colleagues and seeing the people with whom I’ve worked over the years moving up the career and corporate ladder is simply fantastic. I get such a kick out of thinking that I might have contributed in some part in their progress.” In closing, Desmond says he hopes to spend many years in Bahrain to give Ramada Manama City Centre the recognition it deserves, saying: “I would love to be the person who can put this little gem of a hotel on the map, both as a professional hotelier, as well as for the parent company of the Wyndham Hotel Group and for the ownership company of Bukhowa Investments of Bahrain.”


City Centre Bahrain management & staff

Alia & Musoor

Basand & Basma

Sara & Maniam

Interactive Gaming

City Centre Bahrain created fun memories for kids and adults with its first ever Emoji Drop game in which shoppers are given discs to drop for the chance of winning prizes Guests trying their hand at the game

Dunya, Sara & Farheen

Ziad & Rita

Arav & Ayra

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Sudheer Kaladi

HERALDING A NEW ERA Puja Tiwari has a candid chat with the general manager of this four-star tower in Juffair about its various dining and leisure choices.


easoned hotelier Sudheer Kaladi has provided his expertise to make Juffair Gate Hotel a destination to charm and entertain people from all walks of life. Having been in Bahrain’s hospitality sector for nearly 20 years, the Indian national has witnessed the industry grow immensely and, in the process, developed his skills to keep up with it. “There are great hotels in the market and there is healthy competition, which keeps everyone motivated,” he says. “Bahrain is moving into a very positive era.” Sudheer studied and worked in India for five years before coming to the island. “I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, but got drawn to hospitality as the state I grew up in – Ooty – is a heavily touristic spot,” he says. “I started my career at Sterling Holiday Resorts, Ooty, in 1992. I came to Bahrain in 1998 and have since worked with Bahrain International Hotel, and the hotel at Hawar Island, where I was operations manager.” He then moved to the former Best Western Elite Hotel, followed by All Seasons Group, which saw him return to India for a brief stint to open a property there. “I have also been the pre-opening general 46 September 2017

manager for Atiram Premier, Holiday Gulf and Holiday Bahrain Hotel before coming to head Juffair Gate,” he adds. The establishment has a multitude of food and beverage outlets. Liv Club Lounge, a state-ofthe-art lounge with the latest audiovisual technology, is at the forefront. “Hip hop, R&B and afrobeat tunes attract partygoers every night of the week and we bring in several international and local talents to spin the decks and deliver foot-tapping tunes,” says Sudheer. Elaborating on the newly opened lounge and restaurant, Crossroads, which has a live Canadian band, he says: “A chef has been flown in from US to develop the menu with flavoursome continental fare. We aim for the venue to become a versatile hangout spot, whether you bring in friends or business associates.” Speciality restaurant La Liga serves Russian cuisine, Almas does Arabic, Copacabana does Ethiopian eats and Mirchi Gold specialises in Indian gastronomy. Prestige, the all-day dining venue, cooks up tempting Arabic and Asian dishes. Talking about the establishment’s advantage over its competition, Sudheer says: “We have

126 rooms, with 16 junior and family executive suites in total. Airport transfers are done free of cost and our location is in the prime area of Juffair, in close proximity to malls and American Alley.” Having headed properties in their transitional stage, Sudheer is well-versed with renovations and refurbishments. “One of the biggest challenges to take on is the staff,” he says. “Very often, they are wary of changes in the management, so the more important factor is to make them feel comfortable. “The second element is to bring in business and focus on customer service, which is key to bringing in new markets and keeping existing clients satisfied.” The corporate reins of Sudheer’s job don’t get in the way of limiting his creative pursuits. “I have, in the past, worked in south Indian movies in a villainous role,” he says. “I greatly admire theatre and cinema.” He also enjoys spending time with his family after a long day at the office. For the future, he eventually plans to retire and oversee the operations of a resort he owns on the border of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamilnadu with his brother.


Make Your House a

HOME Whether you’re decorating your home for the first time or are looking to revamp your current living space, the secret to a great design lies in the details. BTM rounds up the latest trends and the Kingdom’s leading home furnishing companies. The weather in Bahrain is still unbearably hot but that doesn’t mean you can’t revive your living space with the coolest autumn/winter trends from across the globe. Themes You don’t have to rip up the floorboards and start from scratch (unless you want to), there are many ways to spruce things up without breaking the bank and a good starting point is a fresh lick of paint. According to home décor experts, midnight blue is ‘in’ this season and is perfect for any room. You can use it as a base colour to create a rich and warm environment or, if you are looking for something subtler, introduce it through accessories like rugs, lamps or throws. You can find great value options at The One at Al Aali Shopping Complex. Warm metallics like copper are making a comeback because the colour and texture is ideal for covering large surfaces in kitchens and bathrooms. However, experts say that smaller items can add life to tired bedrooms or studies and recommend pairing with natural materials such as wood and marble for an

elegant look. Behzad Group, which includes kitchens by Elames, has a wonderful range of marble and natural stone finish porcelain tiles and stocks brands such as Marazzi, Venis, Portinari, Ragno and Rex. If you’re not afraid to go against the grain, there are plenty of fun ways to make your living room unique. The interiors world is taking escapist inspiration from historical explorers and naturalists – think vintage globes and suitcases along with large wall-mounted maps – to create a stunning overall look. Check out Spirit for Antiques & Handicrafts at Enma Mall and Innovation Themes at Galleria Mall for a range of premium-quality and exclusively selected artefacts. Catering to local tastes, Soft Touch Décor in West Riffa has pieces with an Arabic calligraphy theme. The designer carefully merges beautiful words and phrases into furniture such as chairs, coffee tables and more. Casa Cucina, from the well-known Kumar’s Group, is the ideal place for those seeking to make an individual interiors statement, whether in the home, office or commercial premises. The store offers luxurious and stylish options that are unique and elegantly designed to perfection from a range of renowned brands. K Home & Kitchen prides itself on delivering innovative, high performance products to an ever-changing hospitality and restaurant market. If you are looking for a reliable kitchen partner to help you whip up healthy meals in a hurry, September 2017 49

homefurnishing you may consider using the new Moulinex Double Force range of food processors from Intercol. These machines take the time and effort out of common kitchen tasks, such as chopping, cutting, slicing, pureeing, kneading, grinding, grating and shredding. When it comes to kids’ bedrooms, the right look is a must. Home Centre has launched an exclusive collection of bright and playful children’s room accessories featuring SpiderMan, Cars and Disney Princess themes. The meticulously crafted collection includes table lamps, cushions, rugs, mugs, clocks, posters and more. Furniture Over the years, furniture is prone to wear and tear, leaving you with no choice but to invest in new pieces. While vintage is definitely cool right now, many people prefer a more contemporary vibe. If your budget allows, invest in some highquality, swanky furniture that makes an immediate impression – Seef has some great options. Pay a visit to Bo Concept, Roche Bobois and Phoenicia Décor, which is the dealer in Bahrain for international brands such as Natuzzi and Gautier. On the flip side, Premia Enterprises on Shaikh Salman Highway, Zinj, has a wide variety of products at affordable prices, including dining tables, bedroom sets, kitchen units, patios and even outdoor barbeque sets. Home Box at Marina Mall is also a great place for home staples with reasonable prices and regular sales. Arguably the most important piece of furniture in the entire home is the bed, and finding the right style, firmness and size can be a challenge. American Beds in Manama has a number of comfortable options to choose from, and there’s a selection of pillows, duvets, mattress toppers and bed linen too. The Home Store at Bahrain Mall also has a number of different sized beds available at affordable prices. ID Design in Sitra has a range of furniture so, whether you want to completely redecorate your living room or are just looking for a trendy accessory to spice up the ambience, there’s lots on offer. Speaking of ambience, there’s more to a home than just furniture and fittings. Bath & Body Works stocks a range of scented candles that not only set the mood, they make everything smell great. Even supermarkets like Al Jazira have diffusers and battery-powered air fresheners that go off at timed intervals. SPACE-SAVING IDEAS If you live in a rented apartment, small spaces 50 September 2017

can be a real pain. However, they can also be a catalyst for change – forcing you to clear the clutter and find inventive ways to store your belongings. Instead of boring, regular chairs, opt for seating that doubles up, like storage couches and ottomans. Keeping with the theme, a hanging clothing rack can help you make the most of your vertical space. If floor space is limited, use the walls to show off mementos with floating shelves – check out Home Centre for some options. ELECTRONICS So, you’ve sorted the furniture and the décor but something’s missing – the tech! No home in 2017 is complete without a hefty helping of flat screens, theatre systems and gaming consoles. Sharaf DG is a popular destination thanks to its wide array of all things electronic, while LuLu Hypermarket has a number of special offers on a variety of TVs and gaming systems, including the PS4. Ashrafs is a tech geek’s dream come true and

it even has full HD 3D home theatre projectors so you can get that cinema experience from the comfort of your sofa. On a side note, if you’re looking for kitchen appliances, Home Base has an extensive selection of TEKA products. LIGHTING Changing the lighting can transform the way you feel in your home. Whether you need to brighten a room to carry out tasks or would love to have some softer mood lighting to relax in the evenings, there are lots of choices, such as pendants, lamps, spotlights and wallmounted lights. Behzad Lighting has several great options to choose from, and stocks a plethora of brands, including Onok, Leds C4, Iris Crystal Chandeliers, Robus, Kinglong, Jingri, One Light and DiLux. So, now that you’re up-to-date, the only thing standing between you and transforming your home is your imagination (or your budget, a picky landlord/spouse, or a lack of spare time/ the urge to procrastinate).

bystander homefurnishing ELAMES

Prestigious Cabinetry Over the past decade, this reputed company has positioned itself as a market leader in the field of high-quality kitchen cabinetry. Elames has many kitchen brands under its umbrella, including prestigious cabinetry engineered by SieMatic of Germany and Sub-Zero Wolf appliances, which are hand-built in the US. “Our clients are in illustrious company, Lady Gaga, George Clooney, Madonna, Gordon Ramsey, David and Victoria Beckham, and Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, have all chosen SieMatic or Sub-Zero Wolf products for one or more of their homes,” the company says. Thanks to a sensational selection of products and sterling customer service, developers such as Bin Faqeeh, Manara, Eagle Hills and Diyar favour Elames. However, you don’t have to be a celebrity, a royal or a billionaire to add value to your home with a kitchen from Elames. “The real strength of our offering is the breadth of our range. While we will never compromise on quality, we guarantee

that clients can benefit from our luxurious European cabinetry no matter the size of their kitchen or budget,” the company adds. Just as important as the cabinets and hardware is the design of your kitchen. The Elames team – supported by the designers of partner manufacturers in Europe – is well trained in the latest European design styles and techniques. The final, but arguably most important part in the process of buying a new kitchen, is installation. Elames has built an unrivalled reputation by always going the extra mile to satisfy clients. “Our installers are trained in the intricacies of European cabinetry and are supported by dedicated supervisors and project managers to ensure quality is maintained,” the company says. “We encourage you to visit our showrooms and be transported into a world of luxurious European cabinetry for the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and living room. Spend some time with one of our designers and let them transform your ideas into a beautiful new kitchen, fit for a king or queen!”

Adrian Wright business development manager Elames Kitchens


DJ Loso Live

Juffair Gate Hotel hosted the popular DJ Loso at Club Liv Mr Sudir, Mr Sau, Mr Shetty & Mr Sunil

DJ Oso Loso

Fatma, Georgina & Gracy

Kate & Mimi

Matt, Kanjana, Asja & Kan

Winney, Asja & Nina

DJ Riddler & DJ Nader

Matt, Joey, Kate, Devina & Scott

Siriporn & Nattanitcha

Revellers enjoying the music

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homefurnishing CASA CUCINA

Innovative Style Decorate your home with the latest offerings from this island favourite. Casa Cucina, the newest arrival from the well-known Kumar’s Group, opens up a world of new possibilities to all décor enthusiasts, delivering stylish home and kitchen collections that are unique and elegantly designed to perfection. Its product range will truly enhance your home and kitchen. Casa Cucina appeals to both mind and heart with an amazing range of gifts that demand attention. These items are created by leading designers, produced by experienced masters and recognised with international awards. With access to the latest global styles, trends and timeless innovation, you can create a modern lifestyle look with exclusive and elegant products to make a remarkable impression in your kitchen and living areas. At Casa Cucina you can find stylish selections to complement any home and lifestyle and there is also a wide selection of curated gifts, collectors’ items and décor pieces. The showroom is situated in a prestigious location in the heart of Seef District, opposite Starbucks, The Courtyard. For more updates on what’s available at the shop, follow the store on Facebook and Instagram @ casacucinabahrain. Call 17 840-707 / 17 296-363.

Eman & Noora

Pyramid Building Day

Young people from Bahrain and Egypt got together in Amwaj to build a wooden pyramid in a Cup of Art cooperation event organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs. The youngsters participating in the event

Lamis & Amani

Thani & Zahra

Dermatology Department Launch

A new dermatology department was inaugurated at the Aster Clinic in Sanad by guest of honour Ms Huda Mirza. Ms Huda with management at the launch

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Huda & Mona


Restaurant Relaunch Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa relaunched its Rialto restaurant with an event for specially invited guests. Rahul, Masood, Mani, Liju, Kumar, Alaa & Siegfried

Kat & Kumar

Vinny & Rahul

Ruth, May, Sandra, Rajib, Siegfried, Udit, Rahul & Ivana

Bruce, Jackie, Jude, Kumar & Dona

Rowena, Ruth, Almira, Kumar & Tony

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Nakheel Centre

The All-In-One Area

The chic neighbourhood of Saar, located towards the west of the capital, is a great place to visit for all your needs.

Over the past few years, Saar has seen an incredible boost in infrastructure, with the introduction of malls, restaurants, grocery stores, fitness facilities and more – almost anything you need is within reach. The new El Mercado Janabiya is conveniently situated near the highway exit to Janabiya, and can make for a good day out with its plethora of restaurants and shops. Choose from Choox Chicken Coop, Baguettes and More (BAM) for sandwiches, Frutto Gelato to beat the heat with a cold ice pop, Top and Dip for waffles and churros, NKD Pizza for some baked goodness and Joe Mama’s for gourmet fast food, among many others. The bright and spacious Alosra fulfils all your daily grocery and essential needs and there are salons, a pharmacy and more. Just a short walk away is the Atrium, still under construction and set to open in the near future with a host of shops and Lulu Hypermarket. Drive a couple of kilometres down the road and you reach Saar, proper which has the bustling St Christopher’s junior school and Nakheel Centre bang opposite the building. The complex features a smaller Alosra, restaurants and cafés, such as Starbucks, Baskin Robbins, Esquires Coffee and Chez Sushi. Unleash the child within by paying a visit to Craftzania or testing your intelligence at the Escape Code. Other establishments, including Dr Muna Alkuwari Dental Center, Cycology for fitness, Bubbles Nail Spa for much needed pampering, Alia Flowers and many more kids’ boutiques, can also be found here and Derma One NK Med Spa infuses technology with technique to deliver superior beauty treatments. Just a few metres away is Saar Mall, a busy place frequented by residents for its shopping and dining venues. Fast food joints, such as Papa John’s, Yum Yum Tree, EZ Burger and Natural Bites can be found

Saar Mall

at the food court, whilst separate standalones Jasmi’s, Lumee Saar Kitchen and Starbucks offer a more intimate, relaxed setting. Track and Field Sports, Ehsan Optics, Skechers and Peek-A-Boo Kids along with several telecom branches, banks, a laundry and car rental are peppered across the mall. Macromart is a superstore selling essentials and electronics under one roof, and can be found on the drive towards Budaiya. Whether you are looking to get fit or delving into a new hobby, Saar has a multitude of options for you. Get a taste for football at Juventus Academy Bahrain or Bahrain Rugby Football Club. The Rugby Club also offers memberships and a space for expatriates to meet and participate in one of the many organised activities. The Bahrain Tennis Academy, Bin Jamal Taekwondo and Life-Fit gym in Janabiya are all perfect avenues for personal training, martial arts and high-intensity sports. The Dilmun Club is a family-oriented social club with several amenities including a pool, restaurant and bar. Fun activities take place throughout the week. Long gone are the days when one had to venture out of the Saar area and drive into town for a good meal. Plenty of great eateries have mushroomed opposite Saar Cinema, and the complex only gets bigger with new restaurants being added every few months. Try shisha in all flavours at Mido Du, Arabella, M Café and Outlet by Chez. The famed Villa Mama’s serves homemade Bahraini delights and L’Avenue bursts with cool Italian and international vibes. Crust Crema has a cult following of coffee lovers who swear by its in-house roasted beans, while Hopscotch is enjoying fame for its innovative cuisine and inviting décor. And a couple of independently owned spas and salons also exist within the complex. September 2017 55


Luxury, Privacy and Beauty

This hi-tech spa in the heart of Saar offers a wide range of aesthetic and wellbeing services.

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Operational since February 2013, Derma One NK Med Spa spotted the development potential of the Saar area and has since become a favourite with both local residents and loyal visitors from across the island. Situated in the Nakheel Centre, the spa is conveniently close to St Christopher’s School in a booming area of new shops, malls, residential apartments and villas offering the ideal opportunity for busy parents, teachers and nearby neighbours to enjoy a little pampering. Open daily from 9am to 7pm, Derma One uses SkinCeuticals, HydraFacial and medicated products, with several highly trained therapists working under the direction of skilled and experienced doctors, to offer the latest new-generation face and body treatments in an atmosphere of privacy, luxury and serenity. A spokeswoman says: “At Derma One NK, we take an integrated long-term approach to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty. We provide a vast range of services in all areas of aesthetics and well being, including SkinCeuticals Medi-Facials, laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation and massage therapies, through to the latest and most advanced body contouring and sculpting treatments. “At Derma One NK, we are committed to providing clients with the best quality advice and advanced treatments and procedures available. We strongly believe that the most important part of our service is the consultation. Prior to the start of any skincare

regime or treatment programme, it is essential to analyse your skin’s quality and health. This enables us to address your concerns accurately and document your skin’s progress.” For facial treatments, the spa’s aestheticians will begin your consultation with a complimentary Visia Skin Complexion Analysis. This involves taking threedimensional digital and ultraviolet images of the entire face, which will reveal your skin’s health and any underlying problems beneath the surface, which are not yet visible to the human eye. Using sophisticated computer software, the Visia machine can also assess how your skin will age over the next five years, providing the therapists with a grounding on which to base each client’s individual recommended skincare regime. Up-to-the-minute therapies on offer include microdermabrasion, dermaroller, needleless mesotherapy, which uses low-energy electrical pulses to infuse the skin with medication, and the HydraFacial – the newest advance in non-laser skin resurfacing. It’s the only hydradermabrasion procedure that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection simultaneously, resulting in clearer, more beautiful skin with no discomfort or downtime. SkinCeuticals offerings include peels, masks, firming and calming treatments and acne assistance. For the body beautiful, Derma One NK has a range of massage options and hair removal as well as contouring through Vela Shape, which is billed as the “only complete non-surgical alternative to liposuction”. The spa is currently running a Summer Special giving 20 per cent off all facial treatments and 40 per cent off laser hair removal. Call 17 595-560.


PASSION MEETS PRECISION CHARLIE HOLDING This stunning model leaves a lasting impression thanks to its sublime selection of features and raw power.


Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4MATIC


he Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4MATIC coupé is a mouthful to say, let’s be honest. It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue but, I assure you, the name will stay firmly planted in your brain after you testdrive it. Dubbed by some motoring critics as ‘the baby CLS’ (it’s certainly easier to say), this vehicle is unmistakably from the same family. Despite its smaller stature, it packs as much punch as its famous sibling and definitely makes an immediate impression. Flowing curves and sweeping arcs create a body that’s simply beautiful from every angle. Aggressively styled, aerodynamic lower bodywork catches the eye at first glance and hints at the impressive capability under the bonnet (more about that later). The cabin is spacious and there’s enough room to comfortably seat four adults. The model I drove had bucket seats in the front, a nice touch that really added to the sporty ambience. Speaking of which, the understated, yet elegant, red and black colour scheme looked really cool. An eight-inch freestanding screen takes centre stage atop the wing-like dash, while 58 September 2017

aluminium-ringed air vents complete the look. Every shape and surface is designed to please the eye – what else would you expect from this marque? The steering wheel features a racing-inspired flat-bottom design, thick padding and a leatherwrapped rim with side grips, putting the delights of precise handling literally in the driver’s hands. Convenient multifunction controls do likewise while operating frequently needed vehicle functions. Once I’d familiarised myself with the settings and the three different driving modes, I set off on an adventure around the island – in Sport, obviously. Regular BTM readers may remember I love the sound of a roaring engine note and this model has a great one. In fact, I even made a couple of passes through a tunnel just to turn the volume up to 11! Finding a parking space around Manama can often be challenging. Luckily, the dimensions of this car make light work of slotting in, and the nimble, responsive steering requires nothing more than a light caress. During my test drive, the weather was typically hot and humid. Everyone in Bahrain knows the pain of getting into a car at around midday after

parking in the sun – it’s like stepping into an oven. Fortunately, the fantastic dual zone airconditioning kept me cool as a cucumber and didn’t take long to circulate through the entire vehicle – no oven gloves required! While some drivers are all about letting the car do the work, I prefer a more hands-on approach, literally. Using the paddle shifters I could shift gears quickly and confidently – it makes me feel more connected to the vehicle. Fear not, if you prefer to rely on the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with AMG SPEEDSHIFT technology, you’re in safe hands too. When it comes to overall handling, few marques are on par with Mercedes AMG and it never ceases to amaze me how well these cars perform. Light and agile are just some of the words to describe the drive, but if I had to pick just one – powerful. Under the bonnet, a four-cylinder 375bhp engine guarantees a spirited, dynamic drive. This model makes the 0-100kmph dash in 4.1 seconds, which is not just shorter than it takes to say the car’s name, it’s the exact amount of time it takes for you to fall in love with it! Call Al Haddad Motors on 17 785-454.

Grow up. Spend time with family. Starting from BD 12,995


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motoring BMW 4 Series Luxury Convertible


Sporty and Stylish The latest models from this seminal marque are making headlines around the world thanks to revamped looks and a plethora of new features. BMW M4 Convertible

Endowed with an aesthetic appeal and dynamic flair, the BMW 4 Series has stood out since its launch in 2013. The following year it was joined by convertible and gran coupé variants, creating a complete model family. The newest offerings in this series write the next chapter in this success story with even sharper styling and revised suspension. Restyled LED headlights take the place of the outgoing Xenon units and all options in the range are equipped with LED front fog lamps as standard. The LED rear lights fitted on the BMW 4 Series for the first time give extra impact to the car’s powerful looks, while modified air intakes, line-specific applications, and the new rear apron add further striking touches. Moving inside, the new electroplated detailing, chrome applications and centre console in high60 September 2017

BMW M4 Coupé

gloss black reinforce the high-quality feel. Another visual highlight is the double stitching on the instrument panel, while three new upholstery colours – together with three new interior trim strips – provide even greater choice when it comes to personalising the design. The two new exterior paint finishes – Snapper Rocks Blue and Sunset Orange – are available exclusively for the new range, and there is also one new model-specific wheel design each for the Advantage, Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport equipment lines. An abundance of additional equipment options offers ample scope for tailoring the car to individual tastes. The new coupé and gran coupé variants come with a stiffer suspension set-up delivering even sportier handling without any loss of ride comfort. Both the

BMW Concept 4 Series Coupé

lateral and longitudinal dynamics have been improved, regardless of the load on board. This applies to the standard suspension as well as the M Sport and Adaptive suspension. All of the petrol engines and the four-cylinder diesel units fitted in the new BMW 4 Series range feature the latest BMW EfficientDynamics and are equipped with TwinPower Turbo technology. There are three petrol engines and three diesel options available for all the new 4 Series models. The power output of the petrol-engined model variants ranges from 184bhp in the BMW 420i up to 326bhp in the BMW 440i. When it comes to the diesel line-up, the power spectrum extends from 190bhp in the BMW 420d up to the 313bhp of the BMW 435d xDrive. The BMW 4 Series gran coupé is available in a further diesel variant – the BMW 418d with an output of 150bhp. A total of 12 model alternatives are available with the option of BMW xDrive, while the BMW 435d xDrive comes with the intelligent all-wheel-drive system as standard – in coupé, convertible and gran coupé guise. The optional navigation system for the new 4 Series range now features an interface that is even easier to use. The control pads can be arranged as desired and display a constantly updated version of the linked menu content, making operation even more intuitive. The entire line-up can be optionally fitted with the multifunctional instrument display, giving the driver the choice of different visualisation options for all displays depending on the driving mode selected. The BMW M4 coupé and BMW M4 convertible now come as standard with the adaptive full-LED headlights, while the full-LED rear lights freshen up appearances and inject technical appeal. Besides this, a number of styling touches have been added to give the cabins of the variants an even more sophisticated air. And the two M4 models likewise feature the updated version of the navigation system and other ConnectedDrive features.

BMW 4 Series M Sport Coupé

BMW 4 Series M Sport Gran Coupé

Call Euro Motors on 17 750-750.

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A Cool and Classy Coupé

The designers of this model were tasked with answering the question: “How do you make a work of art even more beautiful?” Well, judging from the impressive looks and capability of this mean machine, they found a way.

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Building on the charm of its predecessor, the Audi A5 coupé combines stunning looks with a spirited driving experience. But it’s more than just a pretty face. This model and its variants pack a technological punch that is sure to win over even the most discerning drivers. Available with a choice of two TFSI engines – mated with seven-speed S tronic gearboxes – power output is between 190bhp and 252bhp. Compared with the previous model, they both improve performance by up to 17 per cent while consuming as much as 22 per cent less fuel. There have been plenty of updates worth mentioning, one of which is the new chassis that provides optimal comfort and a high degree of agility. To further improve the driving experience, there is a suspension with damper control.

In case you couldn’t tell from its looks alone, this model has been on a diet and weighs 60kg less than its predecessor, making it even more efficient. In fact, the body is the lightest in the competitive field thanks to an intelligent mix of materials and lightweight design. The interior is quintessentially Audi. High-quality materials in a wide range of colours provide a pleasant ambience and underscore the premium character of this mid-sized model. It can be customised and the interior ambient lighting offers a choice of 30 adjustable shades. There’s plenty of storage space, too, thanks to the longer wheelbase. The luggage compartment offers a volume of 465-litres, and the rear seat has a 40:20:40 split and can be easily folded for additional room. The automaker’s technological prowess is definitely a strong selling point. The two-door coupé is available with gesture control for opening the luggage compartment lid via a foot motion. The A5 coupé is now available for the first time with the virtual cockpit, a 12.3-inch TFT display. Together with the MMI navigation plus, including an 8.3-inch monitor on the centre console, it forms the central information unit. The Audi phone box with wireless charging in the centre armrest uses near-field coupling to link smartphones wirelessly to the vehicle’s antenna and enables inductive charging according to the Qi standard. For very discerning hi-fi fans, the Bang & Olufsen sound system with its innovative 3D sound is available as an option. An intelligent combination of different technologies enhances the safety, comfort and efficiency and the broad choice of innovative driver assistance systems sets standards in the segment. Compared with the previous model, nearly all of the systems are either completely new or have been extensively updated. New and important safety features include the park assist, cross traffic assist rear, exit warning, collision avoidance assist and turn assist as well as the Audi pre sense systems. New trim lines provide numerous customisation opportunities. Besides the base model, there are also the sport and design lines. Audi offers the S line exterior package for a particularly dynamic appearance. The new S5 coupé combines dramatic elegance with the performance of a sports car. The turbocharged V6 engine produces 354bhp and consumes just 7.3-litres of fuel per 100km. The sharper S exterior design and the S-specific details in the interior underscore the dynamic character of this model. Call Audi Centre Bahrain on 17 459-933.


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A Super SUV


This stylish new model combines practicality, performance and plenty of on-board technology.

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Bahrain Commercial Services, the Kingdom’s JAC dealer, recently launched the S3, a compact SUV that has been built with urban young customers in mind. Gone are the days when new drivers were forced to drive battered old rust buckets, now they can cruise around in style without breaking the bank. The S3 is a sleek-looking model with chrome accents that give a subtle yet substantial nod to its sensational selection of available features. Keyless entry, Bluetooth, MP3 player, air conditioning, power windows and steering, rear camera, LED headlights, navigation and tyre pressure monitoring systems are just some of the highlights. Safety is an important factor and this model is designed to keep driver and passengers secure. It has a rigid body made with high-intensity steel and is also equipped with Electronic Stability Control, Electronic Power Advanced Steering, ABS Brakes (which prevent skidding and help you maintain steering control under hard braking conditions) and Hill-start Assist Control – making it ideal for most terrains. The S3 also has an accurately calibrated front Mac-

Pherson suspension, higher responsiveness, ensuring a smoother driving experience. Meanwhile, eccentric type front shock absorbers reduce the horizontal force, improving their lifespan, and the transverse stabiliser bar improves the rolling stiffness of the vehicle’s suspension. Inside is just as impressive. The centre console ensures everything is clearly laid out and easy to use and the leather-wrapped steering wheel is equipped with a multi-function button to adjust the multimedia and cruise control system. Under the bonnet is a 1.6-litre engine that generates 118bhp and 155 Nm of torque. Parking is simple and hassle free thanks to the rear camera and parking sensors – and finding a space to slot into is easy thanks to the car’s compact dimensions. The S3 also has an impressive amount of storage space. You can easily fit a couple of large suitcases in the boot and still have room for your weekly shopping. The vehicle is attractively priced at BD4,995 all inclusive and on-road. Call 17 270-270.


Special Edition Debut

New Model Launched

Volkswagen Bahrain has launched the special edition Touareg, which is available in SE, SEL and Sport trims. The Touareg is one of the best selling models for Volkswagen worldwide with over a million sold since its initial launch. “In the Kingdom it has enjoyed continuous success and popularity among the locals and we anticipate its popularity will continue with this new special edition,” says Felix Miranda, brand manager of Volkswagen Bahrain. The new model gives drivers fun off-road adventure, the comfort of a luxury sedan and the stimulating drive experience of a sports car, its makers say. With an unmistakably striking and distinctive look, the car offers affordable luxury with features including a panoramic sunroof, leather comfort seats, chrome-finish alloys and premium interior finishings. This model provides drivers with a safe, comfortable and dynamic driving experience and boasts state-of-the-art, passenger-centric technology, including a post-collision braking system, city emergency braking system, ‘PreCrash’ proactive passenger protection system, a start-stop feature and a coasting function.

Motorcity, the distributor of Volvo in the Kingdom, launched the new Volvo XC60. The secondgeneration compact SUV has been revamped and is more impressive than ever thanks to an array of available assistance systems and, of course, safety features. Some of the most notable improvements include a state-of-the-art infotainment system and more legroom for rear-seat passengers. The five-seater is offered in three trim levels: Momentum, Inscription and R-Design, which are further differentiated by two engine choices – T5 and T6. A turbocharged 254bhp four-cylinder engine powers the T5, while the T6 receives an additional supercharger, which increases the power to 320bhp. The new safety features include an updated City Safety technology with steering support, which guides your car to avoid obstacles, a new Oncoming Lane Mitigation system that ensures drivers don’t wander out of lane, and an optional Blind Spot Information System.

A Refreshed Look

Retro Prototype INFINITI unveiled a heritageinspired prototype vehicle at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The company says it captures the ingenuity and adventure of early motor sports with the brand’s contemporary design language. “It started as a simple thought – what if we found a car, down at the southern tip of Japan, buried deep in the bush, hidden from all eyes for 70 years? What if in this car we found the seed of passion planted during our first Japanese Grand Prix and the power and artistry of INFINITI today? What would this discovery look like?” says Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president, Global Design. “The vehicle has been developed through a journey back to the roots of our company and back forward again with the fusion of advanced technology and the hands and hearts of hundreds of craftsmen.” 66 September 2017

Hyundai will launch its refreshed Sonata in the Middle East this month, with preview images of the mid-sized sedan showing dramatic changes to the bodywork. New sheet metal and trim details will bring the current-generation model in line with Hyundai’s evolving design language. “The refreshed design is very different from the outgoing model, and goes far beyond the few small cosmetic changes people normally expect for a facelift,” says Hyundai’s head of operations for Africa and the Middle East, Mike Song. “The appearance from both the front and rear is completely new, with clever detail changes to the exterior trim making a subtle difference to the car’s side profile. The body looks longer, wider, and sportier than before.” The new design architecture centres on Hyundai’s cascading grille, which is a signature, unifying design element across the range. It makes the bonnet appear longer and sleeker, which is counterbalanced by the raised boot lid, giving the side profile a more dynamic attitude, its makers say.

A Stylish Addition

Future Mobility

Elegant simplicity, a visually reductive approach and pioneering consumer technology are the hallmarks of the new Range Rover Velar. Designed to fill the space between the Evoque and the Sport, it offers high levels of luxury, refinement and all-terrain capability. The design is beautifully balanced, from its powerful proportions to its continuous waistline through to the taut tapered lines of the rear, its makers say. The large alloy wheels – in particular the range of 22-inch designs – optimise the vehicle’s silhouette, while further enhancing its dramatic presence. The interior is just as impressive thanks to the designer’s belief in reductionism, which sees the use of switches being kept to an absolute minimum. The Touch Pro Duo infotainment system integrates two 10-inch high-definition touchscreens. You can use Touch Pro Duo together with the optional full-colour Head-Up Display and optional Interactive Driver Display to simultaneously view and interact with multiple features. The vehicle has been developed to meet the most demanding crash test regulations worldwide. Combined with a comprehensive restraints system that includes six airbags, and a suite of advanced driver assistance systems, including Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist and an Adaptive Speed Limiter, the Velar integrates the latest safety technology. Performance and efficiency come from the range of six petrol and diesel powertrains, all mated to ZF eight-speed automatic transmissions and all-wheel drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics.

BMW has set its course for the future of mobility, with both electrification and cleaner diesel engines at the heart of its plans. The company’s management board chairman Harald Krüger has highlighted how the company was the first German manufacturer to invest in electric vehicle technology with its BMW i vehicles, however, he now believes that future mobility must also be sustainable. “Future mobility will definitely depend on state-of-the-art diesels as well,” says Krüger. “Environmental protection has several dimensions: one of them is the fight against climate change.” Modern, efficient diesel engines ensure lower CO2 emissions and, therefore, make an important contribution to protecting the environment. In addition, when it comes to many unwanted emissions, diesels are just as clean or even cleaner than petrol engines. This can certainly be said of particulate, hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emissions, meaning that three of the four major diesel pollutant issues have been resolved and no longer have any adverse effect on air quality. This is why the BMW Group is calling for objective discussions based on facts and scientific evidence.

Service Training

Cool Concept Mercedes-Benz is aiming to impress with its latest offering. The Vision MercedesMaybach 6 Cabriolet combines the luxury of a super yacht with dazzling super-coupé looks and a drop-top roof. The concept was revealed at Pebble Beach as part of this year’s Monterey Car Week in California. The German automaker described the new model as a sensual, emotionally appealing design with innovative technical concept solutions that define the ultimate in luxury of the future. The interior is covered in crystal white nappa leather that’s shaped in the same way as high-end Chesterfield furniture, while the wooden floor is another hint to its yachting inspiration. While it is uncertain if the vehicle will go into production, we at BTM are certainly impressed and hope it’s smooth sailing ahead!

The sales and aftersales teams at Behbehani Brothers, the distributor of Volkswagen in the Kingdom, have completed ‘Central Launch Training’ on the new Golf. The training is essential for the development of the team’s product knowledge and sales acumen to ensure consistent, world-class customer service. Felix Miranda, brand manager, Volkswagen Bahrain, says: “We believe our customers are the core of our success today, and through continuous global and regional professional training we are able to perform to exemplary standards and exceed our customers’ expectations. “The intensive product training provided by Volkswagen Middle East for all sales and aftersales personnel at Behbehani Brothers is essential for the continuous delivery of service excellence.” September 2017 67

gadgets BTM brings you the latest gadgets to push your technological buttons. To go to the second page, scan the code.

Samsung Galaxy J Pro Series The Galaxy J5 Pro and Galaxy J7 Pro are now available in the Kingdom. The Galaxy J7 Pro features a premium metal body and full HD super AMOLED screen, a longer-lasting battery life and 3GB RAM. The more compact Galaxy J5 Pro features a super-stylish full metal body and full HD super AMOLED screen for a fantastic viewing experience. With the enhanced front and rear 13-megapixel camera and expandable memory with microSD to support up to 256GB, users can easily capture and store the content that is important to them. The faster 1.6GHz processor also makes the Galaxy J5 Pro more powerful than ever. Available at leading retailers.

Breakfast of Champions Skydrive A paper plane with an electric motor. The special paper is already lined so you know where to fold, making sure you will always get the most aerodynamic design. Attach the motor assembly to the centre, charge it up for 20 seconds and you are ready to watch your creation fly rather than drop at your feet. Available at

This ingenious spoon allows you to get your much-needed morning workout without causing a disturbance to your schedule. Thanks to the weighted barbell at the handle end of the spoon, every time you slurp up your breakfast, you get the benefits of a bicep curl too! Available at

Inmacus 18mm HD Lens Kit Wide lens angles designed to attain additional wide highclarity images and video. The optical design provides 50 per cent more detail than a typical iPhone picture. Multi-coating on all the optical elements further ensures maximum light transmission with lowest level of light reflection and flare to produce bright, highclarity still pictures and videotaping. Available at

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Light Grooves These are funky charge and sync cables that indicate your phone’s power without you even having to look at the screen. As soon as you plug the cables into a power source, you will see electroluminescent green or blue lights flying through the cable. Fast flying lights mean you are around half way charged, slow moving lights are for over 65 per cent, and once the charging is complete, the lights will disappear. Available at

Flip10 Recharger This ultra-compact and portable charger packs in 2600mAh with 1A output. It can be charged inside and outside by using the USB flip tip and the included micro USB charging cable. Taking just two and a half hours to become fully charged, the Flip 10 Recharger can also connect to a compatible Goal Zero solar panel to top up even when you’re not near a power source. Available at

Chalkboard Globe A printed globe that lets you add your own details onto the map. You can doodle landmarks, tick the places you’ve been, circle where you want to go and draw a cross against the places you want to avoid. The 20cm-diameter globe is set on a sturdy metal base and spins on its axis like any regular globe. Available at

Arcade Portable Gamer With classic games such as Golden Axe and Sonic Triple Trouble this device takes you on a trip down memory lane with 30 pre-loaded SEGA classics on its bright LCD display. You can also plug it straight into your television for maximum nostalgia. Available at

RC Tarantula If you enjoy pranking your friends, or you just love spiders, then this is the perfect gadget for you. Use the remote to scurry round the house and terrorise as you go. It can also be put into auto mode to scamper around of its own accord. Available at

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Kesha – Rainbow What’s the story?

Rainbow is the third studio album by American pop diva Kesha and she began writing it during and after spending time in a rehab clinic between January 2014 and October 2016. Indeed, the title is a reference to this as a rainbow is a beautiful trick of the light that arises after a thunderstorm. Kesha has said that Rainbow was inspired by her true musical influences from Iggy Pop and T. Rex to James Brown and Sweet. She wrote the title track on a toy keyboard while in rehab and roped in a full orchestra to complement it.

Worth a listen?

Kesha doesn’t seem haunted by days gone by on Rainbow. Even when she’s hinting at her pain, she’s not wallowing in it; the whole point of the album is that she’s found a path toward peace. Kesha’s newfound serenity is underscored by how she still finds plenty of space to cut loose on Rainbow, cranking out a pair of metallic glam-rockers with Eagles of Death Metal, pouring glitter on Johnny Cash on Hunt You Down, pushing the neon pulse of Boots, and even indulging in a bit of twee folk on Godzilla. Still, the heart of Rainbow lies in its stirring ballads, and while these odes to self-empowerment are endemic to 2010’s pop, Kesha’s emotions feel earned, not because we know her backstory, but because her songs are specific, not generic. Sometimes she’ll slide into cliché, usually by recycling therapyspeak, but how she pairs these credos with veiled confessions is as striking and moving as her party songs are weird and funny.

Verdict: A superb comeback shines bright.


The Districts – Popular Manipulations Philadelphia indie rock quartet The Districts put all the pieces together on their third album. While earlier releases revealed a scrappy, hardworking band performing beyond the expectations of their tender age, they had yet to lock onto an essential sound. This is a heavy stride forward, taking a more streamlined yet experimental approach delivered with a buckled-down intensity that leaps out of the speakers. Rippling with energy, opening cut If Before I Wake begins with a buzzing drone and near-chanted vocals before exploding into a primal psychedelic groove, introducing what feels like a transformed band. Creative arrangements abound throughout the album, from dark spacy pop to percussive minimalism.

The Cribs – 24-7 Rock Star

Frankie Rose – Cage Tropical

Recorded in five days but years in the making, 24-7 Rock Star is the Cribs’ raw response to 2015’s poppy For All My Sisters. Like Weezer and Nirvana, the Cribs’ blend of melody and aggression is more interesting than either part on its own, and the album pairs the energy of their early days with the discipline that comes from years of being in a band. Nevertheless, emotion triumphs over craft, from the sound of squalling songs like Give Good Time and Year of Hate to the direct lyrics of Partisan. While it doesn’t feel quite as honed as some of the Cribs’ other albums, 24-7 Rock Star is a lot of fun, as well as more proof that the band’s eternal tug of war between grit and polish still generates excitement.

Frankie Rose almost gave up making music during a downturn that occurred after she moved to her former home of Los Angeles, then found herself doubting her future. Luckily for anyone who didn’t doubt Rose’s skills, she rebounded and went to work to produce her fourth record. Not surprisingly after the artistic crisis she went through, Cage Tropical is a little different than her past work. Gone are the lingering traces of her fuzzy-noise pop beginnings and the spacy textures of mid-2010s work. Instead, she and her team of collaborators craft a sound that is built more on synths, icy cold atmospheres, and the goth pop tropes of the ‘80s. Banks of chilly synths, pulsing sequencer bass, FX’d guitar lines, and mechanical-sounding drums surround Rose’s processed vocals, all blending together in a murky, dry ice-coated Wall of Sound. September 2017 69


Games Review Game: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Rating:

What is it?

Hellblade is an action-adventure hack and slash game that follows the titular Senua, a Celtic warrior who embarks on a mission to the homeland of the Northmen in order to penetrate the depths of their version of hell, the mythological Norse land of the dead called Helheim. It’s bound by threads of historical fiction, historical non-fiction, mythology, and metaphor all woven together to create a unique backdrop that’s ripe for exploring dark tones and themes.


An action-packed and thoughtful experience.


There’s no head up display in Hellblade. Instead, a chorus of voices shout panicked advice at Senua in the heat of battle. “Behind you!” one of them screams seconds before an enemy stabs at Senua’s back. Combat is still a tense experience knowing that dying too many times (in or out of combat) will cause your save to be deleted and you’ll be forced to start from the beginning. While that might sound draconian in execution, its tie-ins to the story are concrete, reinforcing a system where failure carries meaning rather than simply acting like a gimmick to artificially inflate difficulty.

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood

The second major expansion pack for the hugely successful MMO Final Fantasy XIV. Stormblood focuses on liberating the city states of Ala Mhigo and Doma from the Garlean Empire. Features include an increase of the level cap to 70, new dungeons and raids, new zones, swimming and diving gameplay, changes to the battle system, and two new jobs: Red Mage and Samurai. 70 September 2017



Visually, Hellblade is a gorgeous game to take in, featuring sunsoaked rocky beaches, vividly distorted streaks of colour and light, and deep darkness that strangles the screen. There’s a variety of hues, saturation, and exposures that convey meaning in most areas. Hellblade’s use of full-motion video splices in real footage of secondary characters’ performances through a heavily distorted filter that creates impactful scenes between real and animated characters.

Fortnite is an action building game that sees you and your friends leading a group of Heroes to reclaim and rebuild a homeland that has been left empty by a mysterious darkness only known as ‘The Storm’. Band together online to build extravagant forts, find or build insane weapons and traps and protect your towns from the strange monsters that emerge during The Storm.

Destiny 2

From the makers of the acclaimed hit game Destiny comes the much-anticipated FPS sequel that takes you on an epic journey across the solar system. Humanity’s last safe city has fallen to an overwhelming invasion force, led by Ghaul, the imposing commander of the brutal Red Legion. He has stripped the city’s guardians of their power, and forced the survivors to flee. You will venture to mysterious, unexplored worlds of the solar system to discover an arsenal of weapons and devastating new combat abilities. To defeat the Red Legion and confront Ghaul, you must reunite humanity’s scattered heroes, stand together, and fight back to reclaim your home.


VERDICT: A fun way to find new music.

Taking Office

The Manama Toastmasters Club held an officer installation ceremony at its regular meeting at The Crowne Plaza Bahrain. Sheela, Roshan, Bilquis

Site: Rating: What is it?

Saleem, Raja, Prashanth & Bharath

Nobody can deny that Spotify is one of the best places to discover music. Still, the vast catalogue favours popular artists. Forgotify helps you discover artists who are not that popular but produce great music.

The Good:

A great place to discover new music and artists. Whether it is an old classic that you haven’t heard for a long time, or songs that are great but don’t quite fit into the modern vibe, here is the place to find them again. You can also share them with your friends.

The Bad”

Tanaji & Aza


There’s no way of searching for a particular artist, or even a genre. All you can do is click ‘Next’, so it could be a while until you find a song you like. With millions of songs stored, you could spend more time than you’d care for finding a song rather than leaving the playlist to continue naturally. If you are sick of watching cat videos on YouTube and its trending page is delivering similar content to you, go visit Vieuus. This is a website which curates content uploaded on YouTube to provide you with quality videos. The website focuses on a number of topics, such as animals, animation, arts, design, documentary, gaming, music, news, science and sports, among others. All the videos on this website have a high production quality and you will enjoy watching each one of them. If you love the art of storytelling, you are going to love this website. The Moth houses real-life stories told by the people themselves. It also has a podcast, which features all the stories told across the world on Moth stages and you can download the entire history if you want more.

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

What is it?

RescueTime gives you data about how many times you check your phone and what you do with that time. It gives out information on the most-used apps, moments spent talking on the phone, and tracks your Internet usage as well. Furthermore, you can set alerts to manage the time you spend on your device, and get regular progress reports to see a marked improvement. Once you know where your valuable minutes are being wasted, you can put an end to it through this app.

The Good:

The app tracks all your computer usage, or only apps and sites you want. It can work across your phone as well as multiple Macs and PCs. It creates great reports filled with graphs and charts that contain information you can use to change behaviour. Also, it is really easy to set up and you can customise options.

App: RescueTime Rating: Verdict: A superb time-management app.

The Bad:

Sadly, charts and data are only available on the web app and not on your phone; it would be nice to have them locally available. There are also no comparison tools to see how much (or how little) you’ve changed over time.

App: Trusted Contacts

App: Snapseed

Trusted Contacts is one safety app that everyone should have on their phones. It lets you add your closest friends and family as trusted contacts. These contacts can request for your location. If all is well, you can deny the request. However, if you don’t, then your information is sent out to them automatically after a certain time frame, even if your phone is offline or out of battery. If you are in an emergency, you can send the location to them yourself.

Do you love smartphone photography? If the answer is in the affirmative, then having a photo editing app would also be a must. Snapseed is exactly the app you’re looking for as it has 29 filters that can be applied to pictures. It comes with all the basic editing tools and can be used to crop photos, rotate them, adjust colours, add text to pictures, resize them, and add various effects to them. The app lets you get creative with your photos till they look exactly as you want them to.

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Music by the Sea

VERDICT: An incredible, genre-defining experience.

Film: Dunkirk Rating:

Beat Beach Music Festival returned to Coral Bay with DJs from across the island as well as international guests, LED dancers and a light show. DJ Kosh, Madan & DJ Ali Bakhtiar

Directed by: Christopher Nolan Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh

The Plot:

In 1940, after the invasion of France by Nazi Germany, hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers retreated to the seaside town of Dunkirk. As the Allied perimeter shrinks and German forces close in, the soldiers await evacuation in a seemingly hopeless situation. The narrative follows three interconnected perspectives covering different but overlapping periods: on land covering one week, on the sea covering one day, and in the air covering one hour.

Miriam & Sam

Jason, Jesse & Madonna

Ahmed & Rayan

Madan & DJ Santi

Worth Watching?

If there’s any justice in the world, Dunkirk will be a shoo-in for a glorious haul at the Oscars and stand as one of the best films of the year. The actors do brilliantly with relatively little in the way of dialogue and the cinematography is utterly outstanding. Spitfires screech across the Channel in glorious formation and shots sound off with tremendous bangs as Han Zimmer’s colossal score heightens the tension. The music plays a crucial role in making Dunkirk feel so intense and suspenseful. This isn’t a traditional war movie with mangled corpses and brutality, but rather focuses on the terror of being stranded away from home.

Ahmed & Ayida

The Dark Tower

The last gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, a structure which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.

Woran & Nataia


After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic holiday, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton persuades her ultracautious mother, Linda, to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realise that working through their differences as mother and daughter – in unpredictable, hilarious fashion – is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into.

Freeda, Piyush, Fajar, Jason & Madonna

DJ Jak


Salina & Khalid

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DELICIOUSLY ARTISTIC PUJA TIWARI Innovative cuisine in stylish surroundings defines the experience at this welcoming restaurant in Adliya.


ith colourful patterned tiles and sophisticated décor, Gallery Café is a stylish space oozing millennial chic elegance. The minimalist furniture, bright yet low key chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling windows and wooden flourishes lend the space a sleek, upbeat ambience. Quirky framed artworks and greenery only add to its charm. The eatery’s recently revamped, inventive menu features new and classic dishes with a gourmet spin. It boasts a wide array of sandwiches, salads, mains and desserts, leaving you spoilt for choice. A counter of freshly baked goods and sweet treats faces the dining area. The in-house bakery also makes gluten-free bread and customisable cakes for all occasions. The samples on display looked like they were fit to be featured on the The Great British Bake Off series. Chef Marwan Slim and his talented team take care of all the operations and, after a short discussion with him, we were ready to embark on an epicurean voyage. Grilled halloumi and quinoa salad tossed with 74 September 2017

avocado, pomegranate and leafy greens with a sweet onion citrus dressing tasted as refreshing as it sounds. The zesty tang of citrus synchronised well with the fruity sweetness. A wooden board loaded with halloumi and labneh guacamole wrap accompanied by fries arrived next. The creamy spread with the crispy saj bread was a delight for the palate and a meal on its own. The new menu items make dining a fun and exciting activity. I say this because the next dish, the Art Trio Sliders, consisted of colourcoded buns (food dyes derived from turmeric and beetroot) according to the filling – fish, beef or chicken. This is a great entrée or snack, ideal for sharing by two people. The efficiency of the staff was commendable. They were attentive yet not imposing. I looked around to notice the place flooded in natural light, a rarity in Bahrain. If you like the sun but hate the sweltering heat that comes with it, this is the perfect place for you. The main courses began with the arrival of the oven-seared beef tenderloin alongside truffle mash and baby veggies. Herbed bread


crumbs on top of the steak in shades of green and gold was a treat for the eyes. The meat was tender and juicy, cooked medium-rare to perfection. It was a fast-favourite and was polished off in minutes. The Gallery Burger was made up of pure Wagyu beef, duck fat potato confit, poached and fried egg, cheddar cheese, Béarnaise and truffle sauce. The winning feature was the bun, smooth and black as the night. Edible bamboo charcoal powder, which has a sweet vanillalike taste, was infused into the dough. By this time, we were quite full as the portion was generous. Burger enthusiasts are sure to enjoy this one. For dessert, we chose the Chocolate Lava – a fondant cake with a liquid chocolate filling and ice cream. The presentation looked like art, with the homemade gelato in vanilla and mastic complementing the rich flavour. The café is a breath of fresh air in the busy neighbourhood of Adliya, offering tantalising food and beverages to please all palates. Call 17 711-600.


Celebrate Good Times

This popular eatery is set to open a new branch in Amwaj Islands, much to the delight of its loyal legion of customers.

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Bennigan’s is an award-winning restaurant that serves up American-sized portions with Irish hospitality. Demand for the scintillating selection of fare is so great that guests travel from all across the Kingdom to visit the branch in Juffair. Fortunately, in the coming months, those living further afield can enjoy all their favourites closer to home. With the continuous growth of Bennigan’s over the years, Bahrain Family Leisure Company – the franchise owner in the Kingdom – decided it was time to expand and open another outlet. Amwaj Islands is an ideal location as it’s just eight minutes away from Bahrain International Airport, and less than 20 minutes from downtown capital Manama. “The aim is to bring the brand closer to the residents and guests of Amwaj. We hope it will brighten up the nights in the dream-like oasis with live entertainment and endless beverage promotions,” the company says. Located at the gateway of the magnificent Amwaj Islands, with spectacular views over the azure waters of the Arabian Sea, Gulf Suites Hotel is just a stroll away from the Lagoon and the Floating City. This fourtower complex will be home to the new outlet. Besides its generously sized portions, Bennigan’s serves internationally renowned beverage brands and celebrates traditional American and Irish holidays. The menu features something for everyone and offers

great value for money. From appetisers to pasta, steak and, of course, world-famous dishes like the Monte Cristo sandwich and the County Clare Sampler, there is plenty to be enjoyed. If you are a fan of contests, then you’ll love the 1kg steak challenge, which is available all year round. Win, and you get a Bennigan’s knife, a T-shirt and a 25 per cent discount coupon for your next visit. Winners also make their mark at the restaurant by having their photo placed on the ‘Wall of Heroes’. The Juffair branch serves breakfast from 6am and is open till 2am. Call 17 813-750 or email for more information or to get updates about the opening of the new branch.


A True Taste of the Middle East

The all-day dining restaurant at this popular hotel in Seef hosts a lavish Arabic-themed night that will keep you coming back for more. Swiss-Belhotel Seef Bahrain – named ‘Best 4-Star Hotel’ at a recent industry awards event – is living up to its well-earned reputation by offering visitors a scintillating selection of regional fare every Friday night at Swiss-Cafe Restaurant. With packages starting from just BD12 per person – including soft drinks – guests can experience a myriad of traditional and enchanting flavours. There is a delightful array of meze, mixed grills, traditional main dishes and a wide range of delectable home-made desserts. Highlights of the buffet, which features a mixed grill station, include beef shawarma, slow-cooked lamb ouzi and a traditional Moroccan tagine served with couscous. Swiss-Café Restaurant – located on the 10th floor – offers beautiful, panoramic sea and city views and is the perfect place to relax and soak in the warm, inviting atmosphere. During cooler months, guests can also enjoy a scenic outdoor terrace overlooking the city. The service and culinary teams of Swiss-Belhotel Seef Bahrain always ensure guests have a memorable and enjoyable time with friends or family. Arabic theme night takes place at Swiss-Cafe Restaurant every Friday from 7pm to 11pm. Call 66 310-041 to reserve a table.

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Pasta and Pizza Paradise Rediscover your love for Italian food with authentic flavours with a fresh perspective at this new restaurant located in Hamala Hills.

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When you’re craving a wholesome meal at any time of the day, there’s a love for Italian food that knows no bounds. Fresh and delicious, the popular cuisine is enjoyed by everyone from tiny tots to grown-ups. Capturing the simplicity and diversity of gastronomy with passion, food lovers in Bahrain will now be treated to a true epicurean experience in its full glory at Otto – the new concept from Al Abraaj Restaurants Group, known for its distinctive eateries. Otto translates to ‘eight’ in Italian, and is housed at the Hamala Hills shopping complex, opening its doors and garden terrace from 8am onwards. The restaurant’s launch marks a number of firsts in the Kingdom’s culinary scene, with the introduction of an Italian-inspired breakfast and an all-day menu focused on slow-fermented sourdough pizzas. Its unique ambience captures the rustic nature of a traditional trattoria, blended with the elegance of marble, making you feel at ease in its warm and inviting atmosphere. The concept was created by Al Abraaj Group with culinary guidance from executive chef Filippo Pagani of the award-winning UK-based restaurant group, San Carlo. The talented team, led by chef Lucca Daniele in Bahrain, has curated an all-day menu featuring popular favourites done just right. Ingredients for the pizzas, pastas and homemade gelato have been carefully sourced and imported. The tantalising pizzas are the main attraction. The sourdough base ferments for 48 hours and is made from a blend of the finest-quality stone-ground flour, topped with a San Marzano tomato sauce, mozzarella

fior di latte from the Campania region in southern Italy, and a variety of innovative toppings. Baked in a monolithic marble-clad Neapolitan oven, each creation is freshly prepared and cooked right in front of you at the venue. Another specialty at Otto is its breakfast menu that includes an exceptional assortment of savoury and sweet dishes, such as ricotta pancakes, Nutella calzone, eggs Florentine, fresh morning smoothies and much more. The pasta offerings feature classics that are fresh yet comforting, like carbonara and Bolognese. Every meal comes to a satisfying end with a good dessert, and on the menu is an enticing repertoire, including the time-honoured panna cotta and tiramisu, the creative beetroot and carrot cake with mascarpone cheese frosting, and nine flavours of refreshing homemade gelatos – all displayed in a cart that welcomes you at the entrance. For little ones, the kids’ meal choice includes a mini Margherita pizza accompanied with garlic bread and veggie sticks, juice and a mini-gelato, it is sure to put a smile on their faces. Otto is open daily from 8am-11pm, serving breakfast from 8am-11.30am, followed by lunch and dinner from midday onwards. Al Abraaj Group is also opening a San Carlo Cicchetti restaurant at the beginning of 2018 at Al Aali Shopping Complex. Call 17 336-622 or visit @ottobahrain on Instagram and Facebook.

OTTO MEANS EIGHT. BECAUSE THAT´S WHEN OUR DOORS OPEN FOR BREAKFAST. In true Italian fashion, 8 am is when we fire up our original Neapolitan wood-burning oven for breakfast all the way through dinner. Using only traditional Neapolitan methods and the finest Italian flour to make light, slow-fermented sourdough, our pizzas and selection of bruschetta and pastas transport you to the south coast of Italy where the world´s favourite cuisine was born. At Hamala Hills Shopping Complex

17 33 66 22



dining MAKI

Fusion Gastronomy This innovative Japanese restaurant will have your taste buds swooning over the latest healthy additions to its menu. Miso Shiitake Kale Soup, Vegetable Kale Maki, Ebi Ceviche Temaki and Vegan Pain Perdu are the latest ‘super food’ creations Maki has introduced to its already exciting and wholesome menu. Maki has been a symbol of innovation and creativity when it comes to contemporary cuisine. Adding many Mediterranean ingredients to iconic Japanese dishes, the restaurant has garnered a devout fan base that enjoys healthier options, such as extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, wild thyme and zaatar, among others. It has also introduced kale, red and brown rice, beetroot and shiitake mushrooms. In earlier years, Maki revolutionised the Temaki concept by substituting the seaweed wrap for a soy bean one, and the rice has been replaced with vegetables to produce the

Fusion Temaki. The Vegetable Kale Maki and Miso Shiitake Kale Soup focus on this fantastic veggie, which is rich in vitamins K, C, A and B6, manganese, copper, fibre, calcium, potassium and various other nutrients. “We wanted to give our guests one of the most delectable eats packed with nutrition, and what better way to do that than making a few dishes with this particular leafy green?” says co-founder and nutrition expert Amer Zeitoun. Saving the best for last, the Pain Perdu can be ordered in both its normal version and an alternative vegan option. The latter uses freshly ground flax seeds instead of eggs, soy milk in place of dairy milk, blended fresh blackberries, blueberries and raisins as a substitute for sugar, whole grain wheats for white flour, a little bit of extra virgin olive oil in place of butter, and freshly blended avocados to replace dairy creams. Call 17 522-733.

Trio Salad

Ceviche Temaki

Grew, Shaina, Michel & Nicol



Cool Off Party

InterContinental Regency Bahrain, in cooperation with Night Pro, presented The Groove Pool Party, at Elements pool & Lounge DJ Amanda Jayd & DJ Cossta

Michel & Nicol

Saad, Camille & Mohammed

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Adnan & Batuhan


Lhorine Stanley & Jeremy

Ali, Amina & Abbas




Turning Over A New Leaf This five-star establishment’s Japanase outlet is witnessing a service revamp under a new management team.

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Ruka at Ramee Grand Hotel and Spa has gained a reputation as one of the most popular Japanese restaurants in Bahrain, offering authentic fare and a teppanyaki grill with a scintillating, fun-filled ambience. The venue is upping its service and standards under the guidance of the hotel’s new general manager Rocco Santopietro and the sales and marketing director Kumar Ashwani. Being a veteran of Bahrain’s hospitality sector, Kumar has strong networking skills and has redefined the communication strategy of the outlet, developing the Ruka membership system to cultivate a bigger customer base. The rewards card entitles customers to a 20 per cent discount on all food and beverages, which can be had throughout the year, along with a number of discount vouchers for the hotel and a complimentary overnight stay in a luxury accommodation. Membership costs a one-time fee of BD75. Rocco brings over three decades of hospitality experience to the post, and is aiming to expand the hotel’s position within the local, regional and international markets. “I am thrilled to join the Ramee family as it continues on its journey to growth and brand awareness. I look forward to working with some of the best talent in the industry,” he says. The new director of food and beverage, Siegfried Masson, also boasts a wealth of experience. He has travelled all over the globe and worked on cruise

ships and in luxury resorts in tourist hotspots such as Bora Bora, the Maldives, London and Madrid. With extensive knowledge in business trends and Bahrain’s hospitality industry, he intends to market Ruka as a versatile destination for a romantic dinner or a glamorous evening out with friends. Ensuring the venue’s reputation continues to grow, chef Raman expertly creates delectable sushi rolls and whips up perfectly cooked teppanyaki dishes to please any palate. Recently joined resident disc jockey Fab Witte spins the decks to enthrall guests with sinewy, sensuous lounge beats. Fab’s music is deep, groovy and influenced by his European background and his exposure to Middle Eastern culture. The overall service oozes warmth and friendliness, thanks to the new manager Su Kyi Win. Her knowledge of the cuisine and passion for service makes her an ideal host. She will take you through the menu and make suggestions according to your preferences. Located in the chic district of Seef, Ramee Grand is an ideal choice for leisure and business travellers. It is in close proximity to all major shopping centres, tourist attractions and only 15 minutes away from Bahrain International Airport. Amenities such as a spa, pool and various dining and entertainment outlets are all located within the property. Call 17 111-971.


Food Meets Sports This chic sports bar, at a four-star property in Juffair, will thrill your senses with its great culinary offerings set in a British pub atmosphere. Wembley, located in the heart of Juffair at the Atiram Premier Hotel, has gained a reputation as the ultimate venue to enjoy all live sporting action within one of the best traditional pub settings on the island. With a large array of promotions throughout the week, you will find good value at all times alongside the best selection of international cuisine and beverages to suit all tastes. You can also sample the freshest eats at the Friday Party Brunch, priced at BD21 per person for the all-inclusive package. Indulge in an array of international fare including live cooking stations, carvery, salads, pasta, seafood grills, desserts and much more, as well as beverages. It also features live music

from Dihann Moore and Friends band, followed by karaoke and a happy hour till 8pm. Wembley is simply the best place to watch your favourite matches across multiple large screen projectors and televisions, or to just meet up and socialise with friends. Soak up the experience with the help of a typical upmarket pub-style menu featuring delectable burgers, pies, curries and more. It is open daily from midday until 2am. Atiram Premier Hotel is a smart choice for travellers, boasting 105 luxurious accommodations, with various food and beverage outlets. Offering unparalleled facilities and services, the hotel’s convenient location means guests can also enjoy easy access to the city’s mustsee destinations. Call 33 640-009.

Youth Awards Exhibition

Tamkeen launched an exhibition of the business prototypes for the finalists of the ‘Fourth edition of the Mashroo3i Youth Business Awards’ at Seef Mall. Dignitaries at the launch of the expo

Maryam, John & Saud

Samar & Shahd

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Mohammed & Mohammed

Sarah & Fajer

Ahmed & Mohammed

Ahmed, Noora & Sehrish

Nada & Mohammed

We all crave that ‘feel good’ meal to satiate our soul. However, it is important to be able to choose what you fuel your body with. Whether you want to count calories, protein, fat, carbohydrate content, or simply want something that tastes great, being able to customize meals to suit your specific needs can help you make better choices. We understand you want to indulge smarter, particulary when it comes to treating yourself on a regular basis. There is a growing curiosity to understand what goes into your food. We at McDonald’s® have kept an eye on this trend and have always looked at giving you various avenues to make informed choices. We have always believed that our customers should be given a window into everything that goes in their favourite McDonald’s® meals. The newly revamped Nutrition Calculator reflects that commitment.


With the user-friendly Nutrition Calculator, soon to be hosted on our refreshed website , you will not only be able to readily access the nutritional information of all McDonald’s® meals but also get details on each and every ingredient that goes into them. And that’s not all! You can also play around with the combination of the ingrediants in your McDonald’s® favourites like the McChicken™ or Filet-O-Fish™ by removing elements to suit your nutritional requirments.

Every Day. A Better Day! The Nutrition Calculator will be available in September 2017. *Please visit to try it out!

McDonald’s® Bahrain is 100% locally owned and operated by Fakhro Restaurants Co. W.L.L For more information, please call 17221722




The Gulf Hotel

Great restaurants are everywhere. But some of the finest gems of Bahrain’s gastronomic offering are nestled in Adliya, a location filled with fine dining, restobars and fast food joints.

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The crown jewel of Bahrain’s dining scene, undoubtedly, is located in the vicinity of Adliya. It is chock-a-block with bistros, gourmet restaurants, casual and fast-food eateries, bars, pubs and classy lounges. Besides all the great venues, it is also brimming with a myriad of quirky art installations and murals, with several cultural shows on display during the cooler months. Whether you are looking to impress business associates at a fancy standalone or grab a quick bite, Adliya has restaurants which cater to every budget and purpose.

Sample premium cuisine in the chicest eateries in the upper echelons of the dining district, Block 338, which is a relatively diminutive neighbourhood with an impressive array of top-notch venues. It is home to always-buzzing Lanterns Restaurant and Lounge, Café Italia, Oliveto, the castle-themed Camelot, Salad Boutique, La Ventana and the timehonoured Upstairs Downstairs. Stroll to Meisei and Akiko for contemporary Japanese, My Café for a continental menu, or Torino and The Foundry for delectable meat dishes. Bossa Nova serves prime cuts in a Brazillian churrascaria style. Café Amsterdam and La Vinoteca Barcelona serve European and Spanish cuisine respectively. Authentic Mediterranean food can also be had at the Santorini-themed Nicole’s Restaurant and Lounge and Florence La Maison Méditerranéenne. Umami, Houseboat and Masaya sit confidently across the enclave of favourites. Additionally, you will find turn of the century reminiscent Parisian brasserie Café Lilou, the always-buzzing Coco’s, and Thailand or Monsoon for those seeking an Oriental repast. With its art exhibits and a cool little café, Al Riwaq Gallery is a trendy attraction for millennials. Restaurants with rooftop seating are fairly popular, especially during the cooler months, and some notable establishments with terraces are The Meat Company, Passion Restaurant and Hash House.

Lanterns Restaurant and Lounge

Some recent additions include Calexico, whipping up contemporary cal-mex dishes and innovative cocktails, dessert specialists Cine Café, Attic for Greek treats and Slider Station, a bustling building outlined with cool, lush greenery. For whopping burger meals, Blaze Burgers and More, Motorox Café and Jan Burger deserve a mention because of the sheer volume of fans that flock through their doors each day. When in Bahrain, sampling local eats is imperative. ‘Shawarma Alley’ or the Osama Bin Zaid Avenue is a crowded street peppered with Arabic grill joints, where you get to witness meat being shaved off a vertical spit and swiftly wrapped into Arabic bread drizzled in tahina and other condiments. The most ordered items include malghoum, shawarma and vegetarian delight, falafel, made with ground chickpeas. Grilled lamb, beef, fish and chicken are also available. Fresh juices such as avocado, orange and pineapple, among others, make for refreshing sippers in the summer heat. If you head straight over the crossroads, a cluster of diverse eateries awaits. Hardees, Habara Snacks and Fish, KFC, Kudu and La Chocolat dish out quick bites and fast food. A stone’s throw away is The Urban Dhaba for Indian street food, Fuddruckers, Caribou Coffee and a newly launched branch of McDonalds. Not too far from here is a lane speckled with casual dining restaurants. There are also a couple of modest shisha cafes including Solidare and Caruoca. For Mexican food with a vivacious atmosphere, head to Casa Mexicana or Senor Pacos; get your fix of Asian fare from David’s Stir Fry; Cico’s for Italian; India Gate and Clay Oven for Indian and Brazil Rodizio and Grill for authentic Brazilian cuisine. Quieter watering holes such as Mansouri Mansions, Cyprus Taverna and Old Beams enjoy a cult following. Exiting Osama Bin Zaid Avenue, you come across another area packed with restaurants with plenty of shisha cafes, like Maggie’s, Al Bindaira Café, Arizona, Extrovert, Veranda and the renowned Don Vito’s Café. Opposite Maggie’s is the tiny Burger Town, which serves a

Adliya arts

speciality burger with camel meat. Authentic Thai eats can be had at Banana Leaf and Baan Saeng Thai. Gallery 21, a fairly new restaurant complex, is home to Asia de Cuba, Gallery Café, Genwa Lounge and the Cigar Lounge. Whimsical displays and art pieces can be found at every corner here. Within the area is also the multi-outlet The Gulf Hotel, with 18 dining venues, including one by a Michellinstarred chef. Several visits will be needed just to appreciate the full scope of the venues on offer. It has Zahle for Lebanese, Takht Jamsheed for Iranian, Sato for Japanese, Royal Thai, Rasoi by Vineet for Indian, Margarita Mexicana for Mexican, La Pergola for Italian, Fusions, China Garden and Al Waha for international cuisine. Café Delices serves up a delicious Bahraini breakfast and snacks, while Sherlock Holmes is great for a casual drink with your dear ones or a fun brunch.

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India Gate Opening Bambu restaurant officially reopened as India Gate. HE Alok Kumar Sinha cuts the ribbon

K N Singh, HE Alok Kumar Sinha, Prabhir Chowdhury

Vijaya, HE Alok Kumar Sinha

Bharti, Vijay, Lalchand Gajria, Poonam & Vijay Bhatia

Mamata, Mala, Vijaya, Vidya Baliga, Bharti Boloor, Vidya Puranik

Sanjay Prabhu, Vijay Boloor, K. S. Baliga, K. V. Puranik

Mamata, Kartik, Vidya, Vijaya

Shenoy, KS Baliga, Vijay & Mukesh

Sheela, Santosh, Rathinder, Vijay, Bharti & Mariam

Anoop, Nabeel Ajoor, Kishore & Viren

Dayanand, Ayub, KS Baliga, Amog, Vijaya, Mala

Sumant, Vidya, Vijaya, K. S. Baliga

The Kitchen team

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adliyadining INDIA GATE

The True Taste of India This recently opened eatery offers a scintillating selection of quality fare at wallet-friendly prices. India Gate is the newest addition to Adliya’s bustling dining scene. Formerly Bambu, the venue has undergone a total revamp and now dishes up a wide array of Indian fine-dining cuisine. The restaurant serves a variety of popular vegetarian and nonvegetarian dishes from all across India. Each item on the menu is prepared with only the finest handpicked ingredients, making the dishes nothing less than delicious. All curries are made with fresh vegetables, succulent meat, hand-tossed dough and homemade sauce. Tandoor speciality items are grilled on charcoal for a unique taste and are served with a choice of condiments. India Gate restaurant uses the whole palette of flavours – spicy, sour, sweet, tangy and hot – to create dishes that are sure to keep you coming back for more. “All our meats are halal and there are various options for our vegetarian guests. We aim to unite cultures by presenting a wide range of choices from all over India. Just as the India Gate monument in New Delhi is a must-visit in the city, our restaurant aspires to reach that mark,” says managing partner KS Baliga. The dedicated chefs and experienced service team go to great lengths to exceed customers’ expectations and ensure they leave satisfied. Mr

Chef Govind Raj

Baliga explains: “Our master chef, Govind Raj, has 35 years’ experience working in top class restaurants in India and abroad. We guarantee his culinary creations will surprise you with their taste, authenticity and exquisite presentation.” The restaurant offers Executive Lunch packages for BD2.800 and BD3.900 and happy hours run from midday to 7pm. There is also a Ladies’ Night on Wednesday and a Gentlemen’s Night on Monday, offering a 20 per cent discount. “Dhanyawad [thank you very much] and we hope to see you at India Gate restaurant,” adds Mr Baliga.

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Chef Kazuo Takagi


Sensational September This landmark hotel is dishing up a hefty helping of fun and five-star gastronomy all month long.

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The Gulf Hotel has an action-packed month ahead with visits from two Michelin-starred chefs, a terrific tribute act, and the return of its popular annual Oktoberfest celebrations. Visitors are invited to go on a culinary journey – spanning parts of Asia and Europe – with plenty of authentic fare and the chance to meet the creative minds behind the menus. Japanese chef, Kazuo Takagi will visit the Kingdom for the first time. With two Michelin-stars under his apron, he will create a special menu for diners at the hotel’s Sato restaurant from September 20-24. Chef Takagi entered the culinary world at the age of 23 and, although he started later than most Japanese chefs, he prevailed with talent, dedication and passion. His restaurant – Takagi in Japan – received two Michelin stars in 2010. He specialises in Kyoto cuisine and his creations are known to reflect the season. Soup is his trademark dish and he describes it as composed, delicate and illustrative. Guests are invited to take part in an exclusive cooking master class and lunch with the chef on September 23, which costs BD39 per person. There are limited slots and availability is on a first come, first served basis.

Renowned Indian chef Vineet Bhatia will visit later in the month – stay tuned for dates! The Michelinstarred chef will be at Rasoi by Vineet to oversee his culinary creations and will also host an exclusive beverage dinner where guests will be presented with a personally signed menu. Further, he will host a cooking master class and lunch, which costs BD39 per person. The hotel’s wildly popular Oktoberfest is back, and this year it runs for two days on October 12 and 13. Things kick off at 7.30pm at the Gulf Convention Centre. Expect a wide range of traditional dishes paired with a great selection of Bavarian beverages. It costs BD26++.

The Lasterbacher Musikanten Band will provide the entertainment. They will play German and English dance music ranging from oldies to the latest hits, as well as, of course, German Oktoberfest classics. And the fun doesn’t stop there. Oktoberfest celebrations continue at Sherlock Holmes from October 15-20. The Lasterbacher Musikanten Band is back to help you dance the night away from 8.30pm and there will be a special à la carte Oktoberfest menu, a selection of Bavarian beverages and Oktoberfest games. Entry is free. Keeping with the musical theme, partygoers are in for a real treat this month. On September 21, One Step Behind (OSB) – the UK’s premier and longest-surviving Madness tribute band – will perform at Sherlock Holmes from 9pm onwards. Formed in spring 1993, the band achieved widespread recognition in an unusually short time, playing venues the length and breadth of Britain, including the Marquee Club in London and the Venue in New Cross. Jaunts into Europe and beyond are also commonplace. Members of Madness have joined One Step Behind on stage on a number of occasions. Sax player Lee Thompson is quoted as saying that OSB were “singlehandily keeping the good ship Madness afloat”. Drummer Dan ‘Woody’ Woodgate joined the band on stage and told the boys he thought they were amazing. “That’s exactly what we used to be like – you’ve got it to a tee,” he said. Perhaps the greatest tribute came from Madness lead singer, Suggs. At a gig at G-MEX in Manchester he walked up to the microphone and said “By the way, we’re Madness not One Step Behind!” One Step Behind have also appeared on television a number of times. Their most recent appearance was at the 2006 Proms party in Hyde Park, London. The band performed to around 50,000 people and a television audience in the millions. The whole band grew up as Madness fans and each member has perfected their portrayal of their original Madness counterpart. They strive to match every detail,

One Step Behind

Lasterbacher Musikanten Band

both musically and in appearance. Like Madness, One Step Behind are well known for their on-stage antics with which they build up an authentic ‘nutty’ atmosphere. Tickets cost BD5 in advance and BD7 on the night. Since it would be true madness to stop the fun there, the boys are back for an encore performance the following day at the Sherlock Holmes Friday British Brunch from 12.30pm. The brunch will include free flowing beverages, unlimited sharing platters of scotch eggs, chicken pops, jalapeno poppers, wings, nachos and Caesar salad, followed by free-flowing mains – fish and chips, chili and curry bowls. There will be a special Chinese Peking duck and steak trolley too. It costs BD20 for early bird, Prestige Club and NSA members and BD25 on the day. Chef Vineet Bhatia

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bystander OTHER EVENTS

The Gulf Hotel welcomed enthusiastic young foodies for its Art of Cooking class with chef Daniel.

A press conference was held at the Crowne Plaza hotel ahead of Rishi Kapoor’s much awaited Khullam Khulla show.

Kuwait Finance House – Bahrain has honoured three new employees under the ‘Fursan Baytik’ Employee Recognition programme for their outstanding achievements and performance during the second quarter of 2017.

Businessman Aref Sadiq arranged a ceremony to launche the Arabian Cricket Carnival ACC T-20 and celebrate Indian Independence Day. The event was attended by prominent members of the Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi communities.

A Check for BD1,000 was donated by Gulf Hotels Group to The Friendship Society for the Blind in support of its activities.

Khaleeji Commercial Bank organised a training course for its client relationship managers in collaboration with the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance.

For the second consecutive year, Bahrain Airport Services Company commissioned about 40 highly skilled and experienced Bahraini employees to work at Jeddah International Airport for the national carrier, Gulf Air, during the Hajj season.

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CELEBRATE WITH FOOD Still contemplating on where to eat during the Eid weekend? BTM brings you a list of brunches, lunches and dinners to choose from during this festive period.

Indulge in the brunch’s sumptuous buffet paired with live entertainment, priced at BD30 per person. Experience tasteful cuisines in a lively setting for Grand Eid Dinner Buffet at Saraya Restaurant, scheduled from September 1-3, priced at BD23 per person. Call 17 636-363.

AL AREEN PALACE & SPA A family-friendly Eid Carnival Brunch is being hosted at Rimal and Saffron restaurants from 12.30pm-4pm on September 1 and 2. There will be live entertainment from a DJ, face painting, mascot, kids’ corner and much more. Diners will have access to the swimming pools during this time, all priced at BD18++. Saffron will also host a lunch on September 3 and 4 for BD12.500++. Call 17 845-000. ART ROTANA, AMWAJ ISLANDS Indulge in a delectable brunch experience at Choices with an incredible variety of Arabic and international cuisines along with live cooking stations on the first three days of Eid. It is priced at BD20 with soft drinks or BD34 inclusive of selected beverages. Alternatively, enjoy an authentic Arabic evening followed by live entertainment on the first two days of Eid at Choices, priced at BD15++ onwards. Call 16 000-111. DOWNTOWN ROTANA Rejoice with a lavish buffet on the second and third day of Eid at Flavours on 2 restaurant. It is priced at BD12++ per person. Kids aged 12 and under dine at half price and those below six eat for free. Call 13 119-999. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY A three-day Eid brunch is being hosted at the Bahrain Bay Kitchen. Live interactive cooking 94 September 2017

stations and entertainment will dazzle guests of all ages. It is priced at BD28++ per person or BD38 inclusive of selected beverages, from 12.30pm-3.30pm on the first three days of the festival. Call 17 115-000. LE MÉRIDIEN BAHRAIN CITY CENTRE The Sweetest Eid brunch will take place on September 1. Discover Arabic favourites and more for BD18++ including soft drinks and water, or BD30++ with selected free-flowing beverages. The Duex Sons will entertain audiences with live music. It runs from 12.30pm-4pm. Call 17 171-144.

SWISS-BELHOTEL SEEF Celebrate Eid al-Adha at the Swiss-Café Restaurant until September 3 and enjoy a wellgarnished buffet offering the finest traditional Arabic and international delights. It is priced at BD12 per guest. Two children under 12 dine free for every two paying adults. Lunch is served from 12.30pm-3pm and dinner from 7pm-11pm. Call 66 310-041. THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN An extravagant buffet with international specialties will be hosted at La Med on the second day of Eid. It is priced at BD35 per person. Call 17 580-000.

SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA Enjoy Eid with a host of culinary offerings starting from September 1, with the hotel’s legendary Grand Friday Brunch and Grand Eid Dinner Buffet, followed by the island’s favourite Eid Anghaam Brunch on September 2 and 3.


SPORTY AND FUN A new sports bar called the Yard House at the Diva Hotel in Juffair has opened its doors to the public, serving great beverages and eats. Enjoy cocktails, ale and appetisers such as Buffalo wings at great prices. Pair a special steak cooked to your liking with a bottle of grape for BD13, and then continue dancing till the wee hours with live music. Call 36 255-195.

MIDDAY MAGIC Indulge in a delectable threecourse business lunch with stellar views of the city skyline for BD8 at the Capital Club. Members and their guests can choose from Indian, international and Bahraini dishes, created using the freshest ingredients picked daily from local farms. From the fresh catch of the day for seafood enthusiasts, to exciting dishes created daily by the chefs for diners to indulge in new culinary experiences at each visit, each visit will be one to remember. Lunch runs daily from noon to 3pm, Sunday through to Thursday. Call 17 100-100.

SMOKY TREATS Flames restaurant at ART Rotana, Amwaj Islands has introduced a new theme night where you can indulge in any kind of smoked meat. Whether you like lamb, beef, chicken or fish, it will all be carved right from the smoker onto your plate. It runs every Wednesday from 7-11.30pm, priced at BD20++ per person. Call 16 000-111

A SOULFUL SATURDAY Let your senses be thrilled by the tunes of Franky Flowerz in the scintillating venue of La Fontaine on September 2. Pair that with dinner for an idyllic evening out. Frankie has been a devout fan of music since early childhood and he started learning to play the saxophone in his hometown Aalst, Belgium, at the age of seven. He has since performed throughout Europe, the Arabian Gulf and Southeast Asia. The event begins at 6.30pm and is priced at BD20+ per person. Call 17 230-123.

JAZZY BRUNCH The Royal Golf Club has brought back the jazzy à la carte brunch due to popular demand. Diners can once again enjoy a fabulous array of tasty dishes delivered freshly cooked to their table while enjoying spectacular golf course views and a live performance of contemporary jazz music. It is available at Links restaurant every Friday from noon to 4pm and costs BD30 per person inclusive of unlimited selected beverages. Call 17 751-262.

OCTOBER MADNESS Experience the authentic German festival of Oktoberfest at The Diplomat Radisson BLU Hotel, Residence & Spa Bahrain’s Grand Ambassador Ballroom. Participate in all the fun festivities while enjoying delicious meats and treats. Traditional band ‘Die Oberbayern’ will be playing cultural and folk favourites throughout the event. Entry is priced at BD35 per person for the buffet inclusive of one drink. Call 39 945-208.

When? Every Friday and Saturday Event? Millenials brunch Venue? Gallery Café, Gallery 21 Enjoy an array of great food and live cooking stations from 12-3.30pm. E Call 17 711-600. When? Throughout September Event? Hawaiian Menu Venue? Trader Vic’s Dishes on the menu include the Infused grilled seabass, succulent Samoan beef skewers and scrumptious island coconut prawns. E Call 17 586-555. When? Daily except Monday Event? Breakfast promotion Venue? Re/ Asian Cuisine, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Enjoy an à la carte menu for breakfast from 6am till 11am. E CCall 17 115-500. When? Every Friday Event? Chino Latino Brunch Venue? Asia de Cuba, Gallery 21 Indulge in this recently launched, Latin-infused brunch from 1-4pm, priced at BD25++ onwards. E Call 17 586-499. When? Daily Event? Business lunch buffet Venue? Al Safir Restaurant, Sheraton Bahrain Hotel A sumptuous lunch buffet is available from 12.30pm to 3.30pm for BD10++. E Call 17 533-533. When? Throughout September Event? Kinoko Matsuri Venue? Bushido Restaurant & Lounge Sample a delectable à la carte menu made with mushrooms throughout the month. E Call 17 583-555. When? Every Saturday Event? Asian Night Venue? La Mosaique, Crowne Plaza Bahrain Discover the best of South East Asia on a plate for BD13 per person. E Call 17 531-532. When? Throughout September Event? Pizza Happy Hour Venue? Medzo, Intercontinental Regency Bahrain. Get a 50 per cent discount on any pizza of your choice from 6.307.30pm daily. E Call 17 227-777. September 2017 95

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Fine Expertise

A Stunning Design

The Swiss watch brand, West End, has provided durable and practical watches for the past 125 years. Its Sowar chronograph is a dependable instrument built for action and adventure. Sowar – the cavalrymen – named after one of the elite troops of the Indian army, has become the exclusive trademark of the company. Available at A La Mode outlets.

Asia Jewellers celebrates the grand reopening of its boutique at City Centre Bahrain. Its new concept – The Diamond Design – features a modern palette of soft taupe, with the diamond shape evident throughout the store, from the walls clad with more the 115 rhomboids, to the ceiling lights and display cabinets. It houses renowned watch and jewellery brands as well as pen and accessories. Visit Asia Jewellers at City Centre Bahrain.

Shoe Envy Add a touch of glamour to your Eid outfit with these metallic beauties from Aldo’s new collection. From stylish strappy sandals to stilettos with a subtle sheen, these sophisticated heels are the perfect accompaniment to a festive look. Available at Aldo, Seef Mall and City Centre Bahrain.

Bring it On! Shine this Eid with a new line of luxe Autumn Winter ‘17 evening bags and jewellery from Accessorize. Add pizzazz to any outfit with this sequinned floral foldover clutch, open sparkle celestial ring or glittering droplet earrings. Available at Accessorize, City Centre Bahrain.

Love Is in the Air Whether it’s an intimate affair, a lavish celebration or a destination wedding, Rasasi has the perfect fragrance for your special day. Choose from Attar Al Mohabba (men and women), Folklory Wardi (women), Al Wisam Day (men), Dhan Oudh Al Cambodi (unisex) or Raqiya Ambroxan Bukhoor (incense). Available at Rasasi, Seef Mall and City Centre Bahrain. 96 September 2017


Cancer-Fighting Research Dr Shaker Al Sadi, consultant internist, haematologist and medical oncologist, outlines advances in cancer treatments that offer hope to patients. The outlook for individuals with diseases in haematology and cancer is starkly different to 50 years ago. Today, people with some of the most common diseases in both specialities routinely live for years after diagnosis, and some cancers, previously considered untreatable, are responding to recent advances in precision medicine and immunotherapy. Research accounts for many of the biggest advances of the last several decades, such as developing a life-extending treatment that effectively targets an aggressive blood cancer, helping women survive breast cancer without disfiguring surgery and proving that postsurgical chemotherapy can benefit patients with a range of cancers. Advances in recent years include: introduction of three immunotherapies for the

most common type of lung cancer; four new drugs for the treatment of CLL (leukaemia); two new immunotherapies for melanoma; and the first vaccine approved for cervical cancer – and there are numerous others. For those who do contract the disease, it’s perfectly normal to be anxious about chemotherapy. To help manage these fears, the oncologist’s job is to discover what you’re afraid of – is it the possible side-effects, such as pain, fatigue or nausea; do you fear losing your hair, et cetera. Once the fears are identified, you can talk them through with doctors and specialist nurses. A support group also might be helpful. Nowadays patients can take chemotherapy and go to work the same day and, thankfully, there are biologicals and targeted therapy that do not have the major side-effects of the traditional chemotherapy agents. The key to the best treatment is good communication between the patient and the doctors.

Dr Shaker Al Sadi

And always remember that the key to prevention and early diagnosis is self-checking and professional screening, which is available at King Abdullah Medical City. Call 77 310-000.

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Adhering to A Legacy

Eid al-Adha is one of the most revered events in the Muslim calendar and marks a significant point of the year.

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People from all walks of life commemorate their sacrifices and celebrate the rewards of their obedience to God. It is also an opportunity to look back at history, reflecting on triumphs and milestones. International Agencies Co. Ltd (Intercol) has come a long way from its modest beginnings in 1957 as a single shipping company. Today, it is a well-diversified, 100 per cent Bahraini-owned conglomerate involved in consumer products, information technology, mobile communication, healthcare, social insurance, travel, shipping, warehousing, logistics and engineering. Throughout its history, the company has been heavily involved in Bahrain’s ever-growing economy and was a pioneer during the early development of the Kingdom’s commercial and business sectors. Built on solid foundations, good customer relations, attention to detail and the professionalism of its welltrained and qualified workforce, Intercol continues to play a prominent role in many industries. Founded by the late Ali Abdul Rahman Alwazzan and Sadiq Mohammad Al Baharna, Intercol is today managed by Abdul Rahman Ali Alwazzan and Sadiq Mohammad Al Baharna. Both are highly respected members of Bahrain’s business community and hold directorships in prominent business houses. Further, they are held in high regard by government and international business executives. The founders knew that growing the business

required expansion, thus the move into insurance, travel, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, warehousing, IT and mobile communications, clearing and forwarding and consumer products. As time passed, the introduction of new, young talents paved the way for fresh business insights. Intercol ensures that quality remains synonymous with its name and with every aspect of the business. Therefore, it has implemented a corporate quality control system, which has led to attainment of ISO 9001: 2015 accreditation company-wide. Further, it has fully addressed environmental, health and safety measures leading to ISO 14001: 2015 environmental accreditation company-wide. Intercol’s directors are preparing for the future by training the younger generation to participate fully in the company’s activities so they may take over in the years to come with a deep knowledge of every aspect of the underlying business. Committed to Bahrainisation, the company gives constant attention to the full development of every team member from senior manager to the newest recruit. The result is a dedicated and loyal staff with a well-deserved reputation throughout Bahrain for their professionalism, knowledge, technical expertise, attention to detail and timeliness. Intercol joins Bahrain in celebration and wishes its people a wonderful and prosperous Eid al-Adha.

Eid Mubarak!

C el eb rat ing t he joy and w a rm t h of E i d w i t h you .

Since its inception in 1957, Intercol has participated in the major development and progress of the Kingdom’s commercial, cultural and social aspects. Through consumer products, technology, healthcare, engineering, social insurance just to name a few, Intercol reaches out to the people of Bahrain more each day. Intercol wishes the citizens and the government of Bahrain a joyous and prosperous Eid Al Adha.

marketplace PANDORA

Empowering Women

A global study by this renowned jewellery brand found 80 per cent of women are inspired by photography that celebrates life’s everyday triumphs.

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Recent research has prompted a PANDORA initiative for women to share more candid imagery. The results, which were revealed ahead of World Photography Day on August 19, have inspired the direction of the brand’s Autumn 2017 campaign, entitled ‘Do See the Wonderful’. The study, which interviewed more than 7,000 females across eight countries and three continents, recognises that six times as many are inspired by natural photographs of other women succeeding in everyday life than they are by static, posed ‘selfies’. PANDORA concludes that women feel encouraged by seeing the day-to-day achievements of others, from spending time with children to training for a sporting event, and the brand wants to see these things celebrated truthfully in the content it shares online. The results also show that almost half the respondents already capture photographs of everyday moments on their phone, demonstrating that many already identify the significance of the small things in life and are accustomed to documenting these activities in order to create memories for years to come. However, one in three believe that trying to capture the ‘perfect’ photo causes them to miss out on a full experience, and three out of four wish they had more time to cherish small everyday moments in their lives. This leads PANDORA to believe that it’s time for a fresh, spontaneous style of photography that represents the real you. “The results highlight how, in today’s fast-paced, digital age, women often haven’t the time to reflect on and celebrate their daily accomplishments,” explains

PANDORA’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer Minna Phillipson. “At PANDORA, we want to inspire women to recognise the impact of the things they do – great or small – and will bring this message to life in a new stage of our ongoing ‘DO’ campaign, which champions being true to who you are.” In reaction to this study, the company is calling on women to share natural images of themselves and their loved ones’ everyday triumphs to offer more authentic representations of their lifestyle and to inspire others to recognise the wonderful in their own everyday lives. Images shared on Instagram with #DOSeeTheWonderful and tagging @theofficialpandora will be entered into an online competition, with winners selected for the most authentic and inspiring photography. The winning photos will be unveiled alongside a gallery of images taken by three renowned photographers commissioned by the company to capture wonderful and candid portraiture of women around the world. The full PANDORA ‘Do See the Wonderful’ campaign was unveiled alongside the brand’s Autumn 2017 collection on August 31. Call 17 405-400 forSEE City Centre THEBahrain and 17 420-707WONDERFUL for Seef Mall Muharraq.








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*Conducted by PANDORA and Survey Sampling International (SSI) in June 2017. More than 7,000 interviews were collected among 18-50 year old women across three continents and numerous countries where PANDORA has a retail presence.


Tel: (+973) 17 813 777 Fax: (+973) 17 813 700 | P.O. Box 20461, Manama, Bahrain | Address: Villa 1533 | Road 2426 | Block 324 | Bahrain

marketplace Saluting the fascinating world of Chinese maritime history, this Swiss watchmaker honours the Zheng He Treasure Boat with a limitededition enamel cloisonné timepiece. ASIA JEWELLERS

Going Back in Time

Paying homage to Chinese naval heritage, Ulysse Nardin introduces an exceptional watch in its new Classic Collection. The Chinese Treasure Boat (or Bao-Chuan) was a type of large wooden ship in the fleet of admiral Zheng He, the renowned explorer and mariner, who led seven incredible voyages during the early 15th-century Ming Dynasty. These massive ships were 137m long and 55m wide, with nine masts and four decks for up to 500 crew as well as cargo. While they were few in number, Zheng He’s expeditions covered extensive territory, travelling through Southeast Asia to faraway Africa and Arabia. With a fleet numbering hundreds of ships, and crews of around 30,000 men, his was easily the biggest maritime journey of that time. Between 1405 and 1433, Zheng made a total of seven voyages, visiting 37 countries – an incredible achievement. To accurately portray the appearance of the Zheng He Treasure Boat, Ulysse Nardin called upon its enamel specialists Donzé Cadrans for the intricate cloisonné technique so valued by collectors. In this very ancient art form, which dates back to the early fourth century, craftsmen employ fine gold wire to create the compartments, within which the enamel is carefully deposited. Every cloisonné dial involves immense effort and patience, requiring 50 hours of artisanal expertise and 26 separate processes to bring a scene to vivid life. Handcrafted from 18K rose gold and powered by the self-winding UN-815 COSC-certified movement, this Classic Collection timepiece boasts the characteristic accuracy of every Ulysse Nardin mechanical watch. It reveals reliability too, with a 42-hour power reserve and a 40mm dial that is water resistant to 50m. The Classico Zheng He, a stunning new enamel timepiece, proves once again that preserving tradition while shaping the future of watchmaking is the Ulysse Nardin way. The timepieces are available in Bahrain at Asia Jewellers. Call 17 534-444 or visit TECHNICAL DATA Ref. 8152-111-2/ZHENGHE Limited Edition: 30 pieces Movement: UN-815, COSC certified Power reserve: Approximately 42 hours Winding: Self-winding movement Functions: Hours/Minutes/Seconds Case: 18K rose gold Diameter: 40mm Dial: Enamel cloisonné, Zheng He Treasure Boat motif Crown: Water-resistant Water-resistance: 50m Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal Case-back: Open case-back with sapphire crystal fixed with screws Bracelet: Leather strap

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Best of the Best

Récital 20 Astérium 10-Day Flying Tourbillon Night Sky Annual Calendar with Astronomical Functions TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

The two times patented registered design of this Swiss watchmaker’s astronomical timepiece ticks all the boxes to come out tops. As it does every year, the Russian edition of the most influential luxury magazine, Robb Report, presented its ‘Best of the Best’ classifications in July. The biggest icons of the luxury industry are singled out according to the sections usually included in the publication. Having already won recognition in 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016, the House of BOVET has once again been included in the ranks of this prestigious selection. The Tourbillon Récital 20 Astérium was recognised by the panel of experts as the ‘Best of the Best’ in astronomical timepieces. Numerous criteria were determined by the experts in order to honour the very finest in watchmaking excellence. Design, aesthetics, reliability, innovation and accuracy enabled the watch to outperform its competitors. The panel was particularly sensitive to the inclusion of a 325.25-day cam, which drives the astronomical functions with unprecedented precision. These functions in watchmaking are often driven by a perpetual calendar, which is inaccurate from a strictly astronomical point of view. This new distinction honours the virtuosity of the craftsmen, whose unrelenting passion

allows them, year after year, to redefine luxury in its noblest expression. The Récital 20 Astérium was entirely conceived, developed and manufactured from within the BOVET workshops to be absolutely consistent with the vision of long-term development promoted by Pascal Raffy, owner of the House of BOVET 1822 and its manufactures. Since 1822, Russia’s characteristic taste for art and watchmaking has allowed the brand to maintain close ties with Russian collectors, known for their distinction and, as such, their high expectations. These bonds, upheld by Pascal Raffy, enable the house to best meet the needs of its patrons and to endlessly redefine the boundaries of excellence. It is therefore with pride and gratitude that Pascal Raffy and all of the BOVET craftsmen dedicate this award to the collectors, who have helped write the most beautiful pages of the last two centuries of luxury watchmaking. At the same time, their expertise and passion also inspire future collections, which the company hopes will delight customers and experts as much as the Tourbillon Récital 20 Astérium has. BOVET timepieces are available in Bahrain at Asia Jewellers.

Call 17 534-444 or visit

CASE Type: DIMIER Diameter: 46mm Thickness: 18.3mm (With Glasses) Thickness: 7.5-14.3mm (Without Glasses) Gold Weight: 73.49gm (red gold)/76.90gm (white gold) Case Material: 18K red or white gold or platinum 950/1000 Bracelet: Full skin alligator Buckle: 18K red or white gold ardillon Water Resistance: 30m MOVEMENT Calibre: 17DM02-SKY Type: Hand-wound Diameter: 17’’ Frequency: 18’000 vph Power Reserve: 10 days Functions: Hours (24h), retrograde minutes, seconds on tourbillon, annual calendar, night sky, equation of time, precision moon phase indicator, season, solstice and equinox indicator, astrological zodiac indicator and power reserve indicator PATENTS Display mechanism with radial guidance Double face tourbillon Limited edition of 60 movements September 2017 103


School Celebrates Results One of the most popular educational institutions in the Kingdom is growing from strength to strength, thanks to its consistent efforts to develop facilities for its students. The British School of Bahrain (BSB), rated as an ‘outstanding’ school by Bahrain’s Quality Assurance Authority, has seen continued investment over the summer break with the development of an enhanced sixth form centre and additional science labs as well as a number of new classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology on the third storey. “The continuing investment in the school’s facilities was a key factor in its students’ academic success,” says Julie Anne Gilbert, the head of school. “As the only school in the region to offer a triple pathway to tertiary education – through A levels, the International Baccalaureate and Business and Technology Education Council – we are delighted with the students’ success in recent examinations. Overall, 46.3 per cent of students attained A*/A grades, opening up tremendous opportunities as they move onto further education. “Students have been skilfully guided towards universities and courses that best fit their individual strengths by our head of sixth form, Sally Milnes. Amongst others, BSB students have secured places at Imperial College, University College London and King’s College London, some of the best universities in the world.

“This year, we were particularly pleased to have our first successful entrant to the University of Oxford. Sa’ad Khan, who got three A*s and an A, will be reading geography at Christ Church. This marks another step forward in the school’s journey from ‘outstanding’ to ‘world class’.” The BSB, which is part of the GFH Financial Group, was established in 1995 and offers education to more than 2,600 students from over 70 countries, aged three to 18, at a single state-of-the-art site in Hamala. Call 17 610-920.

Olympic Day Race More than 300 adults and kids took part in races organised by Bahrain Road Runners to celebrate International Olympic Day. Young runners at the start

Haytham, Ebrahim & Adel

Wathinee & Fransisco

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Huma, Zaid & Arsalan

Abdulla Al Nader & Hamad

John, Teresa & Russell

Cathy, Eva & Cris

Yousif Ali & Monica


An Effortless Beauty Treat Microdermabrasion is a painless cosmetic treatment that is an alternative to chemical peels and dermabrasion. This popular salon recommends it for a radiant complexion.

15 years ago. It has since been fully researched and tested by the European medical profession, and is now being administered in full safety at progressive medical and cosmetic practices.

salon spokesperson. Coupled with a purifying facial treatment, this is a comfortable way of improving the appearance of problematic young skin.

Microdermabrasion, also known as ‘Crystal Peeling’, is a process that blasts sterile corundum (a type of mineral) crystals onto the skin surface, so as to exfoliate the dead outer layer. With little downtime, this quick procedure is suitable for lunch hour beauty therapy. It enables the dead cells to be abraded and then whisked away by vacuum suction. New cell growth is subsequently stimulated, leaving skin smoother, brighter, firmer and, with a course of treatment, blemish free. This is particularly recommended for people with thick, oily and congested skin, which, after the treatment, has more of a glow. For those with soft acne scars, multiple sessions will reduce the depth of scarring, producing a more even complexion. Joz Salon & Spa uses a microdermabrasion system that has the added function of lymphatic drainage, which is routinely performed prior to the procedure, helping to clear the toxins accumulated in the tissues.

Procedure Depending on the problems to be treated, the level of exfoliation can be adjusted so that the process is pleasant or tolerable. A slight redness will fade within one to 24 hours, depending on the strength of the treatment.

Special added benefits • Immediate visible results • Brilliance and tonicity • Increases micro circulation, bringing nutrients to the skin • Improves the appearance of imperfections • Increases the penetration of serums and creams by four to five times.

History The microdermabrasion process was developed

Indications • Gentle exfoliation for tired, dull skin • Congested skin with open pores and comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) • Superficial pigmentation • Stretch marks • Sun-damage • Acne scar blending and improvement • Ageing hands • Blemishes from ingrown hair • Blackheads, unclear complexion. Joz Salon & Spa finds the procedure particularly useful in assisting in the removal of comedones, especially in the nose area. “If your nose is studded with blackheads, microdermabrasion will remove any overgrowing skin that can make these unsightly spots difficult to squeeze out,” says a

Treatment Programme Benefits can be visible after one treatment; however, the programme should be based on your skin condition and the goals that you want to achieve. The microdermabrasion technique is not an instant fix for problems. It is a gradual removal process of dead cells and blemishes with the promotion of healthy new skin. Once you have attained your goal, monthly maintenance is recommended. Even if you have no major concerns, you can still gain from the procedure. Your look will be brighter, firmer, clearer and healthier. Call 17 369-133, 16 031-120 or 17 756-449. September 2017 105


Sensational Property This leading property is conveniently and ideally located in the heart of Manama within close proximity to many of the city’s attractions. The distinctive 30-storey landmark, that is Fraser Suites Diplomatic Area, offers world renowned Frasers Hospitality at its best – all the comforts of home with award-winning service. There are 114 gold-standard suites, ranging in size from 73sq/m to 250sq/m. All are fully furnished with separate dining and bedroom areas, with well-equipped kitchens, laundry facilities and state-of-the-art entertainment systems. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam, 24-hour gym, restaurant, Kids Club and business centre facilities. The Haven Spa offers a wide range of treatments, including a traditional Moroccan bath. With daily housekeeping, laundry services, baby-sitting and room service provided, Fraser Suites Diplomatic Area is ideal for discerning executives and families who

enjoy luxurious surroundings and indulgence. The penthouse suites on the 29th and 30th floors, offer the height of luxury with panoramic windows providing breathtaking views over the Manama skyline. The distinctive décor features high ceilings, marble floors, custom-designed rich wood panelling and bespoke marble bathrooms with oversized freestanding bathtubs and rain showers. The penthouse experience package offers great value for money and includes a fresh fruit basket, dates and Arabic coffee on arrival, complimentary early check-in and late checkout (subject to availability), personalised in-suite check-in, breakfast for up to four guests, evening turndown service, free airport transfers, transport to and from City Centre Bahrain and Seef Mall, complimentary amenities throughout your stay, exclusive L’Occitane products, 20 per cent discount on laundry services and all facilities throughout your stay, plus a complimentary one-hour Swedish massage for one guest at Haven Spa.

The penthouse experience package starts from BD199++ (subject to 10 per cent service charge and 10 per cent government levy). Quote BTM08 at time of booking. Call 16 161-888, WhatsApp 33 621-016 or e-mail reservations.bahrain@


Bahrain Franchise & Dine Expo 2017 held a press meet at Crowne Plaza Bahrain to launch the event which will be held in November.

Zayani Motors recently organised a table tennis tournament for employees at its showroom in Sitra.

A new fashion boutique, Vestire, opened its doors at the Al Murjan Centre, Juffair.

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Kerala CatholiC Association bid farewell to Thomas K Joseph, better known at Kuwait Joy, who was the backbone of the club’s volleyball wing for 25 years.

The Rotary Club of Sulmaniya held its regular meeting at the Golden Tulip Hotel with guest speaker Mohamed AlAsfoor talking about sickle cell challenges.

The Gulf Hotels Group announced a joint alliance with Kanoo Travel.


Be the Best Dressed Clothes are an extension of your personality, through which you can express yourself confidently. Dress right with trendy apparel and accessories from this popular brand, known for its trademark trends and panache.

Beautiful by Day Splash brings you some chic daytime alternatives to go from drab to fab. These light and breezy designs are apt for the summer and will transition effortlessly to cooler days. Florals, tropical prints and stripes are just right for coffee mornings and networking.

Star of the Night It’s important to glam up for a night out – be it with the girls or a special someone. With statement pieces from Splash, it’s ever so easy to put a perfect look together. Make heads turn by pairing metallic and sheer fabrics with on-trend clutches and earrings.

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Ten Years of Excellence

This popular educational establishment is marking 10 years of achievement. Riffa Views International School (RVIS) is a non-profit school, unique in its size and purpose. With a capacity of just over 600 students, RVIS will always have a small community feel, while providing quality education for each and every student from nursery through to Grade 12. The school has had major accomplishments since its doors opened 10 years ago. It is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS), Middle States Association (MSA), and authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO). RVIS has also received an ‘Outstanding’ rating by the Bahrain Quality Authority (BQA), formerly known as NAQQAET. RVIS is a true international school with more than 40 nationalities represented. Students receive an education that blends the culture of Bahrain with the international perspectives of teachers and peers.

The school offers an inquiry-based curriculum in nursery and pre-K while providing a rigorous American curriculum from kindergarten through to Grade 10. The programme helps prepare the students for the IB Diploma Program in the 11th and 12th grade. With the highly qualified faculty and studentcentred approach, RVIS is preparing its students for future success and accomplishments. Key features: • Small class sizes • Highly qualified teachers from around the world • Innovative teaching practices • Personalised learning • Technology-integrated classrooms • 4:1 student-staff ratio • World-class facilities Key facilities: • Four fully equipped science labs • Six outdoor tennis courts • Full-sized FIFA standard football field • 25-metre swimming pool

• Two large purpose-built gymnasiums • Basketball court. Call 16 565-004.


Gathering for Success This five-star property combines quality, innovation and service to deliver fantastic meeting amenities. The Diplomat Radisson BLU Hotel, Residence & Spa Bahrain provides iconic, stylish and sophisticated facilities for conventions and events. Conveniently located in Manama’s business district, the establishment offers two spacious ballrooms as well as 16 smaller spaces, able to host up to 1,800 guests in total. Each of them provides free high-speed wireless Internet, audiovisual equipment, natural light and climate control. Whether you choose to have a small conference or a large-scale seminar, every occasion can be catered to. ‘Experience Meetings’ is a concept that includes a number of features that deliver consistent service for both the planner and the delegates. Interactions and solutions are provided on demand from first enquiry until execution. Home to Bahrain’s only rooftop ballroom, the hotel offers fabulous views of the city’s skyline. Natural daylight floods this unique venue located on the 14th floor, ideal for hosting boardroom-style events and gala dinners. For outdoor events, the Kontiki Pool Terrace offers an idyllic setting. Get the best value for your money by signing up for Club Carlson, a rewards programme where you can earn points to redeem various services, exclusively tailored for meeting and event planners. Call 17 531-666. 108 September 2017


Painless Fat Loss This clinic offers the ‘holy grail’ of slimming and toning that’s surgery-free, safe and painless, without excessive diet or exercise. Xero Lipo is now available exclusively in Bahrain at Symmetria. The clinic has a selected range of expert methods, techniques and equipment to eliminate cellulite and aid fat loss, one of which is the Xero Lipo Programme. The treatment targets specific areas to reduce fat and reshape the body in a doubleedged attack to accelerate natural fat burn using innovative, advanced technology, and to ensure the body is in an optimal state of metabolism to burn fat more efficiently. The Xero programme boosts the effects of healthy lifestyle changes using advanced technology to alter your body’s fat composition in several ways. • Biostimulatory laser fat cell reduction shrinks fat cells and releases excess fat in your chosen target area. • Neuromuscular stimulation tones muscles and burns fat faster, increasing metabolism to rapidly eliminate fat from the body. • Multipolar radiofrequency skin tightening gives a firmer, leaner physique. Xero technology is pain-free and can target specific stubborn areas that are resistant to diet and exercise with immediate results. Clinical dietitian Rima Othman answers some common questions. How it is applied? The treatment is carried out in three stages which begins with targeted laser application, to shrink the adipose tissue. This is followed by muscle contraction, which increases fat burning and enhances muscle tone. It is a type of passive exercise, which can provide immediate results. Through the intense muscle contraction, blood circulation in the problem areas is enhanced and cell metabolism is increased, causing the local fat to ‘burn’ away more quickly. How many treatments will I need? The number of treatments is determined at your initial consultation. The programme can last from one to 12 weeks and is tailored to fit around your lifestyle. A minimum of two sessions per week is recommended.

How long is each session? A Xero appointment usually lasts 45 to 60 minutes. During each appointment, your practitioner will take measurements for body analysis, followed by a series of treatments – laser fat reduction (20 minutes), muscle fat burn (15 minutes) and skin tightening (10 minutes). Depending on your personal goals and requirements, your practitioner may also prescribe a period of post-treatment exercise. Is it comfortable? During laser fat reduction treatment, you will typically experience little sensation other than slight warmth in the target area. The fatburning step is more like a vigorous massage sensation – the intensity will be adjusted to avoid discomfort, but you will certainly feel your muscles being activated in the treatment area to burn fat. The third step, which is to tighten any loose skin, results in a heating sensation but, again, this will be delivered at a level acceptable to you.

When will I see results? Often results can be seen immediately and improve with every treatment. Over the course of eight sessions, you can achieve dramatic reshaping of the body, fat reduction and cellulite improvement, and skin conditioning and tightening. During and after your Xero treatment you will feel lighter, slimmer and more energetic. Book your first free consultation now. Call 17 830-730.

Is it safe? Yes, independent clinical studies have shown Xero technology to be completely safe. The process causes no damage and gives immediate results – your cells remain intact, they just become smaller as the excess fat is removed. Is it suitable for everyone? Xero can be used on both men and women and can treat all areas of the body, except female breast tissue. As with any treatment, people with certain medical conditions are not recommended to use Xero, but your practitioner will go through a medical questionnaire at your initial consultation. How long will results last? Xero reprogrammes your body to achieve its optimal fat-burning state by removing excess fat, boosting metabolism, increasing fitness and promoting healthy nutrition. The Xero programme will deliver results, but it is up to you to maintain them by continuing your new healthy lifestyle. Further treatment or following a maintenance programme can correct any future diet indulgences or help you target other areas of the body should you wish to do so.

Rima Othman

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Fresh New Fashion This summer feel the breeze in cool, elegant linen from this renowned gentleman’s outfitter. Significance, modernism and relevance have long been the pursuit at Raymond and, with that in mind, the company introduces the fresh collection of Raymond Linen. The line is the embodiment of this luxurious fabric creating a beautiful balance of fashion with designs inspired by nature. A flawless connotation, Raymond Linen creates the bonding between the fabric and the natural world from which it comes. The linen has been carefully curated to bring astuteness between elegance and sophistication. Yet it keeps the wearer at one with what’s natural with a charm that lingers. Incorporated in 1925, Raymond has always provided customers with world-class products. Kumar’s WLL represents Raymond in the Kingdom with two showrooms at Exhibition Road and Al Hadrami Road, Manama. The third grand showroom is now open in Seef, opposite The Courtyard, offering premium suiting fabrics along with madeto-measure concepts. Call 17 296-363. BAHRAIN SPECIALIST HOSPITAL

Hydrate, Hydrate! As the island feels the effects of its hottest summer ever, clinical dietician Chona Cortez explains the importance of hydration. With temperatures averaging 48°C, the combination of intense heat and high humidity has made this summer uncomfortable. We feel thirsty and sweat more and it’s important not to become dehydrated. There is more to dehydration than thirst. It can be a serious condition leading to problems ranging from swollen feet or headache to lifethreatening illnesses such as heat stroke. Here in Bahrain, heat stress is a major concern related to occupational health. An industrial company survey carried out in 2016 found 56 per cent of workers were dehydrated at the beginning of their shifts. Employees were encouraged to drink water at the beginning of their shift and during work hours, helping to reduce instances of heat exhaustion. Water is essential, making up around 60 per cent of the human body. The brain and heart 110 September 2017

are composed of 73 per cent water and the lungs about 83 per cent. Thus, drinking fluids is crucial to staying healthy and maintaining the functions of the body’s systems. Fluids carry nutrients to the cells, flush bacteria from the bladder and prevent constipation. Water remains the best thing to stay hydrated. Other sources include fruits and vegetables which contain a high percentage of water. Sports drinks with electrolytes may also be useful for individuals who exercise, though they tend to be high in sugar and calories. The same applies to fruit juices or sugary drinks, such as soda. Caffeine-containing drinks, such as coffee and tea, act as a diuretic and cause you to lose more fluids. Around 1 to 1.5 litres per day for a healthy person is enough to prevent dehydration. Certain medical conditions may require less or more fluids, so it’s best to consult your doctor or dietitian for specific recommendations. Call 17 812-000 or email

Chona Cortez


Fabulous New Flourishes

Ferdinand L Taaca

Get ready to pamper yourself at this towering five-star property’s scintillating spa and fitness facility. The Domain Hotel and Spa is all set to revive your senses with a host of sensational new additions to its spa and wellness treatments at Vie Lifestyle Lounge. A new therapy called Vie Vitality combines five different massage practices in one and is the star on the latest menu. Thai, Swedish, Lomi Lomi, aromatherapy and reiki massage techniques are combined for ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation. Heated pillows filled with volcanic rock are placed on the back, neck and shoulders to promote blood circulation and oxygenation. “It has three times the benefit of ordinary massages,” says spa manager Ferdinand L Taaca. Reflexology, a couple’s massage and a relaxation treatment are also on offer. A new product named La Vallée from Switzerland, which combines technique, science and organics for quick results, is now used for facials. Vie Lifestyle Lounge will be the

first facility in Bahrain to use these products and act as an ambassador for the brand. “There are stem cells in the items, which penetrate deeper layers of the skin to reverse ageing and dermal damage,” says Ferdinand. “The cosmetics can also be used as part of your homecare routine.” The Caviar Facial treatment offers a powerful high-tech formula owing to the golden microspheres of caviar extract and vitamin E. The skin is instantly lifted, plumped and firmed, regaining radiance. La Vallée also has a Pink Body Wrap with unique moisturising properties for soft and smooth skin. Another unique feature of Vie Lifestyle Lab is the Iyashi dome, an ingenious product of Japanese technology that stimulates the body’s natural defences with infrared to draw out toxins and impurities. “The advantages range from cell regeneration to burning 600 calories,” adds Ferdinand. “With just one session, you lose 1.5 litres of toxins, so it’s a great way to shed weight quickly and safely before an occasion. For full slimming effects, we recommend using it every three days till the

desired results are achieved. Usually, a big difference can be seen after 10 sessions.” Ferdinand recently bagged the title of Best Spa Manager in the World Luxury Spa Awards 2017, while the hotel won the Best Luxury Urban Escape category. Get fit after the summer holidays with Vie’s promotions. The ‘My Gym Buddy’ initiative entitles you to free spa treatments and personal training sessions. The VIE Fitness Challenge is a fun competition hosted for members to motivate them to attain their goals and offers a chance to win free goodies. Activities range from push-up to squat challenges. Providing value for money, Vie Rewards offers clients a complimentary set package on every three purchased at the spa. A new menu for Vie Café is also in the pipeline, boasting wholesome and healthy bites to recharge your energy levels. Call 16 000-000. September 2017 111


Teaching Employability Skills This prestigious university – through its internationally accredited programmes – equips students with essential skills, professional competencies and attitudes which help with employability. AMA International University-Bahrain’s (AMAIUB) business programmes – Master of Business Administration (MBA), Bachelor of Science in International Business (BSIB), and Bachelor of Science in Business Informatics (BSBI) – are accredited by the European Council for Business Education. These programmes give students 21st century employability skills, such as communication, problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking, digital fluency, entrepreneurial mind-set and social/diversity awareness. These academic experiences provide students with training that paves the way for them to penetrate the labour market easily and makes them assets to employers both in Bahrain and abroad. The university assures students that

The ABET review team grants re-accreditation for numerous AMAIUB programmes

they will not only find good jobs after graduation, but rapidly meet future labour market needs and positively adjust to career changes because of the relevant, innovative, and quality education they received at AMAIUB. AMAIUB graduates are now occupying key positions in various private companies and government institutions, across all industries. They have used their career success to direct the development of society positively, endeavoured to uphold good morals, and act as an inspiration to everyone.

AMAIUB welcomes the European Council for Business Education review panel

As a significant catalyst to Bahrain’s socioeconomic development, the university puts emphasis on the enhancement of students’ critical, reflective and lifelong learning abilities, and hones them to become engaged citizens who contribute to the Kingdom’s prosperity, competitiveness and progress. AMAIUB’s classes for the first term of the academic year 2017-2018 start on September 17 and registration is ongoing. Call 17 787-978.

OTHER EVENTS The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority Handicrafts Directorate held a graduation ceremony for the participants of the Ceramic Sculpture training workshop at Al Jasrah Handicrafts Centre.

Zain Bahrain and the Bahrain Basketball Association are commemorating the 10th anniversary of their successful partnership with a new identity for the Zain Bahrain Basketball League which was unveiled at a press conference at the association’s premises in Umm Al Hassam.

Kuwait Finance House announced the latest winners of its Libshara savings investment account raffle draw with a grand prize of USD50,000.

Six students from Al Mabarrah Al Khalifia Foundation’s ‘Ithra’ training programme participated in the Adventurous Journeys programme, organised by El Hassan Youth Award in Jordan.

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City Centre Bahrain awarded the winner of its Home Furnishing Campaign prize.


World-Class Hospitality This five-star property in Zallaq offers the ultimate holiday experience with top-notch amenities for one and all. The Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa is set on a coastline of dreamy beachfront, offering guests a paradise-like, idyllic getaway. Being an exclusive resort, it caters to both leisure and business travellers and is reputed reputed for its elegance, refinement, attentive service and attention to detail. The hotel is an example of the Kingdom’s legendary hospitality, enhanced by a touch of the French art de vivre. The Thalassa Sea and Spa is the only one of its kind in the entire Middle East to offer thalassotherapy – treatments with seawater and aquatic plants, focusing on offering healthy, revitalising and beautifying options. Spanning over 2,000sq/m across two floors, the complex features 14 treatment rooms for massages and wellness programmes. Guests can enjoy Swedish, Thai and hot stone massages. A seawater hydrotherapy pool, freshwater pool, sauna, steam rooms, salons for men and women, as well as a yoga and pilates studio are available at the complex. The hotel has 262 rooms and suites, combining comfort and elegance, offering

breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf. There are 21 Prestige Suites and six rooftop Opera Suites, each individually themed in distinctive variations – Moroccan, Nubian, Turkish, Gulf Arabic, Indian and Levantine – with a terrace and a private infinity pool. Thirty-two accommodations provide exclusive access to the Club Millesime Lounge, offering an open buffet and a medley of cocktails every evening. The property also offers a business centre, valet parking, limousine service, baby-sitting, meeting rooms and banquet facilities, which can accommodate up to 1,000 guests and feature top-of-the-range audio and video equipment. With a repertoire of five restaurants and four bars, your taste buds will be spoilt for choice. Discover Arabic cuisine at Pashawat, international at Saraya, Southeast Asian fare at Wok, Italian at Fiamma and seafood at La Mer. The Tapas Bar serves an array of creative plates along with upbeat tunes from the resident Cuban band. Saraya offers flavours from all over the world, presented in the allday- dining restaurant. Refreshing, exotic and funky beverages can be enjoyed at the Amber Bar, Lagoon Pool Bar and Lobby Lounge. The Macaron Pastry Shop has a selection of sweet

treats for tea or snack time. Sofitel Bahrain can be reached by the main Khalifa bin Salman Highway or the King Fahd Causeway, through a series of bridges connecting the man-made islands and linking Bahrain to Saudi Arabia. The hotel is located 30 minutes from Bahrain International Airport, 25 minutes south-west of the capital Manama and just five minutes from the Bahrain International Circuit. Celebrate Eid Al Adha at the property with a host of culinary offerings starting from September 1 with Sofitel Bahrain’s legendary Grand Friday Brunch and Grand Eid Dinner Buffet, followed by the island’s favourite Eid Anghaam Brunch on September 2 and 3. Indulge in the brunch’s sumptuous buffet paired with live entertainment, priced at BD30 per person. Experience tasteful cuisines in a lively setting for a Grand Eid Dinner Buffet at Saraya Restaurant, scheduled for the three days of Eid from September 1-3, priced at BD23 per person. Enquire at the reception for ‘Magnifique September’ promotions and plan a memorable stay with your loved ones. Call 17 636-363. September 2017 113

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Big Banking Wins

New Security App Launched

For the fifth year in a row, Citi Bahrain has been named winner of the “Best Corporate/ Institutional Digital Bank” award in the first round of Global Finance magazine’s awards for the 2017 World’s Best Digital Banks Awards in the Middle East & Africa. The bank has taken a total of 26 awards in country and regional subcategories with various franchises being recognised in their respective markets. Citi also triumphed in the regional subcategories for Best in Mobile Banking App, Best in Mobile Banking, Most Innovative Digital Bank and Best Online Cash Management. “Our mission is to enable progress and achieve growth for our clients while at the same time use the latest digital technology and solutions to make our customers’ banking experience an efficient and unique one,” says Usman Ahmed, head of Citi for Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar. “Citi receiving this award for the fifth time is a strong recognition of our capabilities and services that we provide to our clients in Bahrain.” Winning banks were selected based on: strength of strategy for attracting and servicing digital customers; success in getting clients to use digital offerings; growth of digital customers; breadth of product offerings; evidence of tangible benefits gained from digital initiatives; and web/mobile site design and functionality.

Le Beck International, one of the region’s leading specialist security and risk management consultancies, with offices in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, has launched a new security mobile application – MENAlert – to provide real-time information and valuable analysis of the most current security events across the MENA region, as well as select major global incidents. An industry-first, the app provides users with timely, credible and relevant alerts, reports and analysis on the most significant security, political, economic and environmental events unfolding in the region. All content is compiled by Le Beck’s expert analysts who are located in key regional and global touch-points. According to Le Beck CEO, Anthony Tesar: “We live in a time of information overload where we are constantly bombarded with news from a variety of sources. The MENAlert App has been developed to cut through the clutter and provide users with the most relevant and credible content. It hones in on the core issues and gives an unbiased, holistic overview of both the macro- and micro-impacts of these security-related events. Our offering is also unique in that it focuses on MENA, which, as a region, is prone to volatility and fast-changing dynamics.”

Groundbreaking Project Agreed BFG International, a Bahrain-based global leader in composites technology, is set to roll out a groundbreaking Industry 4.0 project at its facility in Mina Salman. The industrial automation initiative is being supported by the Economic Development Board and Tamkeen. It involves automating BFG International’s factories and integrating all its business areas through a core software supplied by partner firm QiO Technologies. This will offer the manufacturer complete transparency along its entire supply chain and optimise its production process. Industry 4.0 is the growing trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It uses cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things, cloud computing and cognitive computing to create ‘smart factories’ which can respond to changes in real time and become more efficient. The agreement for the project was signed by Tamkeen chief executive Dr Ebrahim Mohammed Janahi, and BFG International Group president, Dr Samer Al Jishi. 114 September 2017

Football Sponsorship Kicks Off

Raising Standards

The Bahraini Football Association (BFA) has announced NBB as the lead sponsor for the 2017/2018 football league season, which is set to kick off on September 9. NBB’s sponsorship of the league was announced at a ceremony held in the presence of senior representatives of both organisations. Commenting on the occasion, BFA vice president and head of the National Team Committee, Shaikh Khaled bin Salman Al Khalifa, says: “We are delighted to announce NBB’s support and sponsorship for the BFA Super League. NBB has long been a pioneer and an investor in the development of our communities. NBB’s support for Bahraini sports and, in particular, this investment in football, will go a long way towards bolstering our efforts to further raise the bar and enhance the BFA Super League. It is also a significant and positive move for Bahrain’s National Football team and its growth and success.”

The Arabian Gulf University (AGU) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the GCC Standardisation Organisation (GSO) in an effort to spread standardisation culture and protect consumers, the environment and public health via education, studies and ongoing research. AGU president Dr Khalid bin Abdulrahman Al Ohali says the move is a step forward towards bolstering ties with specialised organisations in the GCC region. He also praised the role of the GSO in various standardisation activities and monitoring across the region and underlined that the organisation’s efforts have contributed to increasing the efficiency of the GCC states’ economies and ensuring the safety and well-being of citizens.

Diversity Lease Signed

BAS Development, a subsidiary of Bahrain Airport Services Company (BAS), has signed a land lease for its Central Kitchen project The agreement covers an area of about 4,000sq/m in Bahrain International Investment Zone and the signing was attended by BAS CEO Salman Al Mahmeed and Yousuf Ali Hassan, Assistant Undersecretary for Industrial Management at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism. “BAS’s strategy is to diversify business opportunities to mitigate the risks associated with aviation seasonality. As a result, the company is seeking to strengthen its position in providing high quality catering services. A land lease of 25 years agreement was establishment for the Central Kitchen project, with the possibility of agreement renewal,” says Mr Al Mahmeed. “We focus on diversifying business opportunities and benefit from our experience in catering.” He adds that the company has prepared the preliminary engineering plans for the project and is in the process of opening construction tenders. The project is expected to be completed within 10 months and will have a significant impact on the catering sector in the Kingdom.

Codeshare Sees Flights Increase Gulf Air has launched a new codeshare agreement with Oman Air that sees the airlines’ combined frequencies between Bahrain and Omani capital Muscat increase to six daily flights. Gulf Air chief commercial officer, Ahmed Janahi, says: “With this agreement we are not only increasing our flight frequencies to and from Muscat but also

giving Muscat-based passengers an expanded range of connections with Gulf Air via Bahrain International Airport to various destinations across our network.” The agreement also offers passengers to Muscat enhanced flight connectivity possibilities with Oman Air to various destinations across its network including Milan, Manchester and Zurich. September 2017 115


Domain Hotel and Spa celebrated its fourth anniversary during Staff Party The its annual staff party at the hotel. Tanvi, Mohamed, Aileen, Frank, Lucky & Nisil

Maria, Joseph & Jacqueline

Bhoop, Deepak, Pankaj & Prem

Maria, Tanvi, Fatema & Muna

Gyano & Nishma

Front: Chad, Maria, Ferdinand. Back: Tanvi, Emmanuel, Aileen & Reyon

Rahul, Saden & Bidhan

Sally, Jacqueline, Celia & Erika

Dave, Marvin, Chad, Nadia & Hanz

Gian & Angel

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Lucky & Pankaj

Esther, Niji, Jovy & Yohani

Derric, Srinivas & Bimal

Marvin, Joey, Emad & Dave

Celia, Aldaim, Erika & Myrna

Reyon & Esther

Soni & Susmita

bystander OTHER EVENTS

Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority successfully concluded the Art of Content Management Course held in collaboration with the Arab Tourism Organisation.

The Gulf Hotels Group presented a cheque for BD2,000 to the Bahrain Society for SCD Patients Care.

Society Torch Peace and Love celebrated the 70th Independence Day of Pakistan with an event sponsored by Atiya Tullah Rohani and organised by Salma Haseeb and attended by HE Muhammad Abdullah bin Al Sanan president of Muhrraq Municipal Council.

British Ambassador, HE Simon Martin, welcomed members of the Thattai Hindu Community for the revival of an age-old tradition in which married ladies perform a ritual at the banyan tree in the embassy grounds.

Loumage Hotels & Resorts announced the signing of franchise contracts for three Gulf Diwaniya Hotel Management properties in Bahrain in Juffair, Manama and the Diplomatic Area.

More than 150 young participants of the KCA Al Saqaya Restaurant Summer Camp took to the stage to show off the skills they had learned at the finale of the event.

AlMabarrah AlKhalifia Foundation concluded the fourth edition of its Ithra summer training programme, which was launched in cooperation with McDonalds, Kuwait Finance House and Bahrain Airport Services.

Rotary Club of Manama, the Kingdom’s oldest branch, held a lunchtime meeting to discuss a new membership drive.

Seef Properties donated BD5,000 to the Bahrain Mobility International Center.

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Aug 22 – Sept 21 Romantically, things may stall a little for you this September and you could find yourself backtracking to find out just where you might have gone wrong. The number one ‘suspect’ here could be assumption. If you’ve been reading too much into a person’s words or actions, then you only have yourself to blame. The best course of action to take is a nonconfrontational one. Try not to force the issue and things may turn back in your favour. It won’t be easy but it will allow you to see things for how they really are. Too often you let yourself get carried away by your overactive mind. Card of the Month — The Four of Cups For a detailed, personalised Tarotscope reading, contact Raphael by email:

LIBRA September 22 – October 21

If you end up in the firing line this month then you only have yourself to blame. You’ve been playing an unsettling game with a colleague now for far too long and it is only a matter of time before they snap. And snap they will, with quite explosive results. Do your best to accept your mistake and put matters back on track or you could lose yourself a powerful ally. On the home front, talks of a move to grander places could have you looking ahead to 2018 with a sense of excitement, whilst a birthday bash will reveal a secret or two that may leave you red-faced before the evening is out. Card of the Month — The Hermit

SCORPIO October 22 – November 21 A recent separation is still playing on your mind and the prospect of a long and unpredictable end to 2017 isn’t something you’re looking forward. Too many painful memories still lurk in familiar locations and you will not be motivated to do much as that would take you out of your comfort zone. However, an unexpected turn of events in a restaurant around the 11th will quickly focus your mind on other things and, before the month is out, you may find that the heartache has lessened considerably because of what happens on that night. It will be significant enough to open your eyes and will introduce you to opportunities you didn’t even consider only weeks before. Card of the Month — The King of Cups 118 September 2017

SAGITTARIUS November 22 – December 21

This month will start with a bang as a major shake-up at work sees you pushed into a post you’re not comfortable with, leaving you to assess your options for the future. This isn’t a bad thing. If you are honest with yourself, your current employment has lost a great deal of the spark and challenge it once offered and the change in personnel at the top hasn’t helped matters either. So, rather than let yourself get down with the situation, see it as a motivating factor. Use this minor set-back to get yourself on the way towards a new career – something you want to do. The outcome to all of this promises to give a positive shine to everything else in your life. Card of the Month — The Two of Cups

CAPRICORN December 22 – January 21

Love is very much in the air this month as a chance meeting at a business function leaves you all in a spin. It’s not something you were looking for, nor something you were expecting, but it is nevertheless going to whisk you off your feet in quite a big way. Where it may all lead is unclear now but you are a sign who falls easily into relationships and you only start to have cold feet when more committed matters are discussed. For the time being enjoy it but just be prepared for something a little different and more unusual to happen over the coming weeks. There’s more of the extraordinary about this entire affair then you might realise right now. Card of the Month — The Ace of Pentacles

AQUARIUS January 22 – February 21

Over the last year or so you may have relaxed on the discipline front somewhat and one child has been quick to take advantage of that change. It will be best for all involved if you quickly revert to how things used to be or there may be some difficult hurdles to overcome very soon. On the financial front, there could be a slight improvement to your money difficulties towards the end of the month, but this isn’t a sign to suddenly abandon caution, so put any additional funds away to help get you through the last of the lean times ahead. There will be time to enjoy yourself later in the year but for the foreseeable future the catch word is still save, rather than spend. Card of the Month — Temperance

PISCES February 21 – March 20

Watching someone else take the credit for something you instigated is never easy and no one would blame you for taking action when you realise what has happened. However, you have somehow managed to make a powerful enemy at work and if you do want to unmask him, it may take significantly more guile than you are usually used to employing. Not that you are incapable of a little ‘behind the scenes’ manipulation; your secretive nature makes you perfect for such an endeavour. To complete the exercise, you will need to seek an ally to aid you in your task and the person most suited to help you could turn out to be the most unlikely accomplice of all. Card of the Month — The Nine of Swords

ARIES March 21 – April 20

Your stubborn nature has made you few friends over the last few months and whilst you sometimes regret what you do or say later, there is still something inside you that makes you repeat this behaviour with alarming regularity. Seemingly, you just don’t want to learn. However, this September you might finally meet your match with some explosive results as you clash with a work colleague over a personal matter which, in truth, should never have even made it into the office. Although you won’t come to blows over the whole affair, you could isolate yourself, all because of an insignificant matter. Try and show some restraint – just this once. You’ll be amazed by the results! Card of the Month — The Star

advertisers index TAURUS April 21 – May 20 Another month, another set of exciting challenges and opportunities. That’s the frame of mind you will find yourself in this September and this positive nature will help you achieve some great things in the coming months. There will be hurdles thrown in your way but it won’t be anything you can’t handle so long as you keep focused and optimistic. You may also be presented with a job offer from another company and whilst it might initially seem like a step backwards, the long-term possibilities mean that you could quickly move beyond your present situation and take your career into a whole new, much wider arena. Card of the Month — The Two of Swords

GEMINI May 21 – June 20 A letter in the post from an unknown admirer is going to spark a very exciting emotional adventure for you over the next few weeks, with more than a few surprises set to cause a stir to your September. At the back of your mind you may even have an idea of who might be behind the correspondence but, until you have conclusive proof, don’t make any kind of significant move. All will be revealed before too long. On the work front, you will be asked to cover for a sick colleague only to find out that the person concerned has been hiding some important information from senior management. How you deal with this will determine much about how your year develops from here. Card of the Month — Death CANCER June 21 – July 20 Issues that have been mounting over recent months are set to come to the boil, and whilst you might be despondent about the outcome, you can’t plead ignorance and say you haven’t seen it coming. September is going to be your time of revelation, waking you to the realisation that you simply cannot have what your heart presently desires and you should pursue an alternative route towards emotional happiness. No matter how much it hurts, you have to let go. Although it might not seem like it now, believe me, there is something better waiting out there. Card of the Month — The Ten of Wands

September is going to find many of you in sombre mood and a little uncertain about how the rest of the year is likely to pan out. Much of this trepidation extends from what you feel is a ‘sticky patch’ in a current relationship and you are worried that there is something important your partner is keeping from you. Obviously, the best way to alleviate your concerns is to confront the matter head on, and even if that thought makes you uncomfortable, there is no alternative. Put aside a quiet night and make sure the two of you are alone. This isn’t something that will be solved immediately. Card of the Month — The Queen of Swords

Tom Hardy

Pippa Middleton


Centrepoint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Bahrain Specialist Hospital . . . . . . . . 27 Derma One Med Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Symmetria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC

Financial Institutions

University Medial Center King Abdullah

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

Medical City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

Home & Furnishing


Behzad Group (SieMatic) . . . . . . . . . . 25 Phoenicia Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Hotels & Serviced Residences Atiram Hotels (Premier Hotel) . . . . . . 41 Baisan International Hotel . . . . . . . . . 71 Coral Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Fraser Suites Diplomatic Area . . . . . 19

Al Haddad Motors (Mercedes) . . . . . 59 Behbehani Brothers (Audi) . . . . . . . . . 1 Euro Motors (BMW) . . . . . . . GATEFOLD JAC Motors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Others AMA University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Intercol:IAA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

Juffair Gate Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Intercol:IAA:Canon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Ramada Manama City Centre . . . . . . 45

Joz Salon & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Ramee Grand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Juffair Fitness Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Sofitel Hotels & Resorts . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Kumar’s Group (K Home & Kitchen) . 15

Swiss Belhotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Primedia International . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

The Diplomat Radisson BLU Hotel,

Riffa Views International School . . . .43

Residence & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

The British School of Bahrain . . . . . . 39

The Domain Bahrain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 The Gulf Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

Jewellery & Watches Asia Jewellers (Bovet) . . . . . . . . . . . . BC Asia Jewellers (Delma) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pandora . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Restaurants & Cafés Bambu India Gate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Bennigan’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Casa Mexicana Restaurant . . . . . . . . 77 Cucina Italiana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Sharif Group (West End Watch Co.) . 13

Kazbah Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Medical & Dental Services

McDonalds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

American Mission Hospital . . . . . . . . 29

The Lanterns Restaurant & Lounge . 75

Maki . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Otto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

BTM retail sales outlets

LEO July 21 – August 21

Fashion & Footwear

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 For subscription enquiries and back issues of BTM, call 17 813-777.

Photos Copies of most pictures depicted in this publication (and some which aren’t) are available from Red House Marketing, 17 813-777 or email: September 2017 119

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Who got it right?

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Bahrain This Month received 105 entries last month, all of which answered the questions correctly. Congratulations to everyone, particularly our three winners:

What dates is Hawar Islands holding a Heya Beya event? ______________________________________________ Which festive event is the Kerala Catholic Association hosting from September 1-8? ______________________________________________

Winner : Mila Olandez Second Place : Faye Soldivillo Third Place : Ma. Theresa Reyes

How much do customers need to spend to enter Seef Mall’s Shop and Win campaign? ______________________________________________

Last month’s solutions:

Ad Seek:

2. City Centre Bahrain

2. Novo Cinemas

1. Khullam Khulla, September 1

By what name is DJ/producer Maurizio Colella better known? ______________________________________________

1. Elames Lighting

3. Sandi Thom

4. 70th anniversary of independence 5. Park Regis

6. 488 GTB, 488 Spider and GTC4 Lusso

Which international party brand will be at the InterContinental Regency this month? ______________________________________________

7. Audi RS 3 Sedan

3. University Medical Center King Abdullah Medical

City/Dr Sulaiman Al Habib 4. Skechers

8. Keizo, Al Areen Palace Hotel & Spa 9. Bushido

What is the name of the edible charcoal-infused burger at Gallery Café? ______________________________________________

10. Ruka, Rasoi, Tea Garden or Lemon Tree Name:

Name at least two food items that Osama Bin Zaid Avenue is famous for. ______________________________________________

Address: Telephone:

What car did Charlie Holding test drive this month? ______________________________________________

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Which model did Motorcity recently launch? ______________________________________________

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the jo y and w ar m th o f E i d w i t h y ou .

Entry deadline is every 15th of the month. The winner will be selected at random. Please include your full name, CPR number, address and telephone number, and mail to: Win Win, Bahrain This Month, PO Box 20461, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain.

Which property is offering a special deal for BTM readers?

AD Seek

This is a fun game for all readers. Each of these pictures is taken from advertisements in this issue of Bahrain This Month. All you have to do is identify the ad and mark your answer below each ad clipping. So test your observation skills, and you may be a winner!

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Bahrain This Month - September 2017  

Vol.21 ~ Issue 9 : Your guide to a great way of life.

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