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sabaya BAHRAIN’S FIRST AUGMENTED MAGAZINE

ISSUE 60 • JULY 2013

Qahtan Qahtani

THE DRAMA KING

PRIMAVERA

FINE WINE DINE

FASHION

Celine Collection & much more THE GREAT WALL OF ART

The wonders of

Zanzibar

NISSAN 370Z

THE ORIENTAL FAIRLADY


CEO’S LETTER

Ramadan Kareem to all our dearest readers. It is a turning point for Sabaya this month as this is our 60th issue and we have also incorporated the concept of Augmented Reality, thus becoming the first magazine to do so in Bahrain. Now you can actually ‘see’ the content instead of just having to read it on paper. Read on to find out more. One of our aims at Sabaya is to showcase local talents, and this month we have a lovely piece on Bahraini artists’ work at the Redbull Collective Art exhibition. Health is our biggest wealth, and we have provided our readers with health tips to stay fit through the holy month. In the DIY section, you can see a video of how it is actually done to get a better idea. All this and so much more in our new edition this month. Please express yourselves on our facebook page or drop me an email with your suggestions.

Sincerely, Mamdouh Shehata CEO - Sabaya Magazine mamdouh.shehata@sabayamag.com


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Let me start by wishing all our readers Ramadan Kareem. May the holy month shower its blessings upon you and may all your endeavours be bring you success. I am very thrilled to announce an exciting new concept that Sabaya is harnessing from this month. It is called Augmented Reality, a concept through which you can not only read text, but also see videos. All you need to do is download the app on your Apple or Android device and then scan a page which says ‘Go Live’ to be redirected to a video of that section. Instructions will be given separately. Try it and give us your feedback. In this issue, we review some spa services offered by the Ritz Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa. We also review fine dining restaurant Primavera and the new Nissan 370Z. Bahrain’s acting pioneer, Qahtan Qahtani, gives us a reminiscent journey of his career, don’t forget to watch the video by scanning the ‘Go Live’ logo on the photo. A funky, online shopping concept called Wamli.com is the latest big thing to hit the internet and we give you an insight into shopping there. All this and many more interesting reads in this issue. As always, your feedback is what makes us a better read. Please drop me an email or comment on our facebook page with your suggestions. Cheers

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32 10 Celebrity Tidbits

What’s up with who in Tinseltown

16 Glitz and Glam

Star Factor: ASK breaks down glam, fashion police style

22 A Class Apart

The Drama King - Qahtan Qahtani

26 Success Story

The Great Wall of Art - Biggest piece of art in the World

28 Brand Factory

Wamli.com - A Shopper’s Paradise with a Geek Twist

30 Special

Forever Friends - Manisha Mirchandani and Noor Ahmed Gosmorrow talks about their best friends.

32 Around the World

Zanzibar - On the trails of Princess Salme and Freddy Mercury

36 Feature

Eating Healthy during the month of Ramadan

40 Leisure

Ticket to Paradise: a spa trip to the Ritz Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa

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Greatness of the infinitely small and Intricate beauties

48 Fashion

Celine pre-fall 2013 collection, Marc Jacobs shoe collection, Shoshanna at Seventh Heaven, and many more

64 Beauty

Cosmetic Cosmos

66 Techno Review

Technologic - Latest gadgets and what you will love about them

70 Restaurant

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92 Press Reviews

74 Out and about

98 Last Word

The Oriental Fairlady - Nissan 370Z Fitness First celebrates five years in Bahrain, Sergio Miranda photography exhibition, Elite Resort and Spa PreRamadan dinner, Ritz Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa launches and Sabaya Trading launches Hair Botox

Press updates from around the region.

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84 In the Dark

Beluga launch at Meisei, Bushido’s fourth anniversary, David Vendetta and violinist Micah at Coral Bay and RnB Night with DJ Swing at Coral Bay

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CELEBRITY TIDBITS

Freida Pinto bats for girl empowerment

“ Slumdog Millionaire” actress Freida Pinto, the global ambassador of the Because I am A Girl Campaign (BIAAG), visited Ethiopia for the first time as part of her role to support Plan International’s projects. She says educating and empowering girls is the way forward worldwide. Because I Am a Girl (BIAAG) is Plan’s global initiative. Launched Oct 11, 2012, it is aimed to create sustainable projects in developing countries to give girls access to clean water, food, health care, education and protection from violence and exploitation. “If we educate and empower girls, they will reach their fullest potential, pulling themselves and their families out of every problem they might possibly face” said Freida.

Jolie thanks fans for support on 1st red carpet appearance

Angelina Jolie made her first public appearance, after revealing the news about her undergoing double mastectomy last month, at her fiance Brad Pitt’s zombie thriller ‘World War Z.’ Jolie even thanked the world for her support, saying that it meant the world for her, the Mirror reported. The 37-year-old actress was accompanied by Pitt but had to miss her aunt’s funeral, as it was on the same day. 10 •

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‘Fast and Furious 6’ tops weekend box office charts again

‘Fast and Furious 6’ has occupied the top spot at the box office for the second consecutive weekend. The movie is expected to add another 34.5 million dollars to its North American ticket collection, keeping it at the top after debuting to more than 120 million dollars over the Memorial Day holiday, the New York Post reported. Magic-heist thriller ‘Now You See Me’ exceeded industry expectations with 28.1 million dollars earning and landed at second spot. ‘After Earth’ opened to 27 million dollars collection, and took the third position. Animated ‘Epic’ and ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ tied for the fourth place with both earning 16.4 million, while ‘The Hangover Part III’ came in at the fifth place with 15.9 million dollars collection.

Will Smith makes son Jaden perform scene with snakes

Indian origin Hollywood director M.Night Shyamalan is all set with his next magnum opus ‘After Earth’, which will see fatherson duo Will Smith and Jaden Smith back on screen. The sci-fi adventure is set in a future where mankind has fled Earth. Will and his real-life son Jaden play estranged father and son military men who crash-land on the abandoned planet. Scenes depicting Earth as filled with giant fearsome animals were shot in the jungles of Costa Rica. We hear that some of the scenes were in fact quite dangerous for son Jaden Smith, reveals dad Will.


CELEBRITY TIDBITS

Jessica Chastain bats for India’s child brides

Two time Oscar nominee and actress of Zero Dark Thirty Jessica Chastain bats for India’s child brides. Speaks exclusively to TOI. Calls for immediate clamp down on child marriage and rapes. Loves Bollwyood movies, Chammak Challo her favourite number and wants to do a film with Shahrukh Khan India’s child brides have now found a voice in two of the world’s most coveted women - one being Hollywood’s latest sensation and Oscar nominee while another is Indian film industry’s most celebrated international face of fashion, glamour and movies. American actress Jessica Chastain, whose latest role as a CIA agent in Kathryn Bigelow’s military thriller Zero Dark Thirty took the world by storm and got her a best actress nominations at the Oscars told TOI on Saturday that an urgent clamp down is needed on child marriages - a serious social menace in India. An estimated 47% girls are married off in India before they reach their 15th birthday.

Penelope Cruz ‘to be the oldest ever Bond girl

Penelope Cruz is set to play Bond girl - at 40. With this, she would become the oldest actress to take on the role, taking the title from Brit Honor Blackman who was 39 when she starred as ‘Pussy Galore’ in 1962’s gold finger, the Sun reported. Cruze, who is ready to give birth to her second child, will start work on the follow-up next April.

Kim, Kris officially divorced

After going through a long legal war, socialite Kim Kardashian and basketball player Kris Humphries are now officially divorced. The duo was married for 72 days in 2011 and filed for divorce back then, but were unable to come to a settlement. Kris demanded annulment of the marriage, but settled for a divorce in April this year. The final divorce judgment was filed late Monday evening in Los Angeles Superior Court. Kim and Kris entered into a written agreement regarding division of assets and spousal support, but specifics were not disclosed, reports eonline.com. Kim is expecting her first child with rapper Kanye West and is due to give birth in July.

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CELEBRITY TIDBITS

George Michael won’t be charged for falling out of car

George Michael will not face any charges after falling out of a moving car on a motorway. The 49-year-old star, who spent nearly two weeks in hospital after suffering head injuries, gave traffic police a statement after leaving the hospital last week and officers have now closed the case, the Mirror reported. The ‘Careless Whisper’ hit maker was not even fined for not putting on his seat belt when he tumbled out of the Range Rover on the M1 in near St Albans, Herts, as cars swerved and braked to avoid him.

I usually wear earrings to draw attention up: Sofia

Sofia Vergara has said that she usually wears earrings to draw attention from her cleavage. The ‘Modern Family’ star showed up at the CFDAs wearing 5-million-dollar of jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz, including an emerald necklace to match her Herve L. Leroux body-hugging green gown, the New York Post reported. She said the choice of a cleavage-enhancing necklace is to draw attention up.


Artist immortalises Kim Kardashian’s nude pregnant body in stone and invites gallery goers to ‘rub it for good luck’

She’s never been one to shy away from showing her body. But an LA artist’s new creation may be a step too far for even famehungry Kim Kardashian. The pregnant reality star’s nude form has been preserved in all it’s glory by celebrity artist Daniel Edwards. The sculptor’s new show L.A. Fertility features a life size nude of Kim - and the artist’s imagined version of her unborn foetus. The art pieces debut in Los Angeles at the LAB Art Gallery, on Wednesday, and visitors are encouraged to ‘give a respectful rub’ on Kim’s baby bump for ‘good luck and success’.The statue, which boasts ‘lactiferous breasts’ and a ‘voluminous’ belly, according to the artist’s press release was inspired by Edwards desire to change people’s minds about the female form. 12 •

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CELEBRITY TIDBITS

Katie uncomfortable being photographed during pregnancy: Danielle

Danielle Lloyd has revealed that her friend Katie Price doesn’t like being photographed whilst pregnant. Speaking in her Closer magazine column, the wife of footballer Jamie O’Hara admitted that Price is struggling with her pre-baby body confidence, the Mirror reported. Lloyd, who is pregnant herself, admitted that she thinks that Price is quite self-conscious about her figure in general, and the criticism that she faces on twitter has made the situation all the more.

Pamela Anderson’s ‘sexist and degrading’ ad banned

A TV advertisement starring Pamela Anderson has been banned for being sexist and degrading to women. In the commercial, for web hosting firm Dreamscape Networks, the actress is seen chairing a meeting of men before her assistant pours cream into a cup of coffee while showing her cleavage, the Mirror reported. One of the men then fantasies about Anderson and her assistant dancing together in bikinis. But the company has argued that the motive of the ad was to portray the ‘Baywatch’ star and her assistant as ‘attractive, dynamic and confident business people’.

Kate Winslet expecting little rock and roller

Oscar-winning British actress Kate Winslet is expecting her first child with third husband Ned Rocknroll, whom she married last year, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. “Kate and Ned are delighted” at the news, a publicist told Hollywood celebrity magazine People, while another spokeswoman confirmed the information to AFP but made no comment. The 37-year-old married Rocknroll -- a nephew of British tycoon Richard Branson -- last December. Her new 34-year-old husband, who changed his name from Abel Smith, works part-time for his uncle’s space venture Virgin Galactic.

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CELEBRITY TIDBITS

Paris Jackson in suicide attempt

Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris, has reportedly been rushed to hospital after she tried to take her own life. “Paris is physically fine and is getting appropriate medical attention,” Perry Sanders, an attorney for Paris’ grandmother and guardian, Katherine Jackson, said in a statement. Celebrity website TMZ.com, which first reported the suicide attempt, said Paris had been taken from her family’s home in Calabasas, California, by ambulance at about 2 am Wednesday.

Amanda Bynes turns down Playboy radio show

Actress Amanda Bynes refused to do her own daily radio show offered by Playboy radio as she wants to focus on her music career. The 27-year-old actress was offered a full-time job by the radio station and despite being interested in the opportunity, she rejected the offer as her focus is on the album she is recording, reports femalefirst.co.uk. “I want to do the show. But I can’t because I’m recording an album!” tmz.com quoted her as saying. “I’ll go on their show for an interview when I’m promoting my album,” she added.

Jennifer Aniston Named Ambassador for EIF’s Key to the Cure Campaign She chooses the products/foundations she will endorse very carefully, and now Jennifer Aniston has agreed to be the ambassador for the 2013 Key to the Cure campaign. The stunning Hollywood actress was announced as the face of the cancer research fund earlier this week by Saks Fifth Avenue and the Entertainment Industry Foundation and will take part in a PSA later this year.

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Jennifer Love Hewitt & Brian Hallisay expecting their first child

Jennifer Love Hewitt and her co-star Brian Hallisay, are expecting their first child. In a statement released on Tuesday by Hewitt’s publicist, the couple said that it is a wonderful time for them and they are looking forward to start a family together, Fox news reported. Hewitt was previously engaged to Scottish actor Ross McCall.


CELEBRITY TIDBITS

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx Set to Reunite for “Mean Business”

They lit up the big screen in “Django Unchained,” and now Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx will once again reunite for another sure-to-be blockbuster hit titled “Mean Business.” It was announced by Deadline that the pair of Hollywood studs would co-star together in the screen adaptation of S. Craig Zahler’s novel “Mean Business on North Ganson Street.”

Any insult hurtful: Helena Bonham on style critics

Actress Helena Bonham Carter gets upset when she reads negative comments about her personal style because she loves dressing up so much. She admitted that she takes it personally when she reads hurtful comments about her gothic-inspired style. “I’m not indelibly confident. I love clothes and I love dressing-up, and I love the way that it makes me feel. So I’m always disillusioned when I see a photo of myself, which I try not to, because I think, ‘No That’s not what I meant at all’,” femalefirst. co.uk quoted Carter as saying. “Any insult is hurtful, though, because you always think you look OK. Otherwise you wouldn’t leave the house looking like you do, would you?” she said.

Cameron Diaz Enjoys Steamy Kiss With Lady Gaga’s Boyfriend

Cameron Diaz has been photographed locking lips with Lady Gaga’s boyfriend, The Vampire Diaries and Chicago Fire actor, Taylor Kinney. In new pictures which have emerged this morning, the A-list actress can be seen enjoying a steamy smooch with the star in New York. But Lady Gaga needn’t get penning a new break-up track, as Cameron and Taylor are simply filming scenes for their new movie, aptly titled ‘The Other Woman’. Wearing a white shift dress and with a cheesy grin on her face, Cameron hugs Taylor and then surprises him with a lingering kiss. Taylor scoops up the actress and quite literally sweeps her off her feet, right in the middle of a New York street.

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GLITZ & GLAM

STAR FACTOR

Our fashion police, Ashwathy Shyam Kumar, is a true blue fashionista! Fashion designer, buyer for a leading brand in the Kingdom, stylist and diva! Her fashion blog www. thestylecounciltaash.blogspot. com is becoming one of the most popular fashion blogs in the region. ASK picks the best and worst of what our favourite celebs have been wearing.

Usually, I would have said that these brown satin pumps don’t go with the gorgeous peach Zac Posen dress but in Juliette Lewis’s case, it works beautifully because her hair matches the shoe a little too well and somehow lets the dress stand out and really ”pop”, if you know what I mean. I especially love the flirty silhouette and the origami pocket style that makes the dress a little more spectacular than your usual satin frock! 16 •

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GLITZ & GLAM

Sofia sure knows how to make us all green with envy with this spectacular look of hers. This green Herve Leroux dress is working extremely well for her, the colour, the cut, the fit and the silhouette. The draping is perfection and I think it’s safe to say that she looks truly amazing in it. Don’t miss out of the drool worthy Lorraine Schwartz jewels she’s sporting that completes her look.

I can’t help but recall Jennifer Anniston in a very similar dress years back to one of the many glam events she had attended, but none the less, this strappy metallic Mark Jacobs dress is definitely working for Nicole. The petite celeb chose to go for red lips and a bronzed face leaving accessories to a minimum. I love the dark Goth nails to contrast against the high shine of the dress and her Louboutin clutch in a tonally lighter gold finishes off Nicole’s look. July 2013 •

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GLITZ & GLAM

Adrianna Lima: With legs like those, she shouldn’t have to hide it, agreed,but something about the black shorts peeking out completely puts me off. This Givenchy gown is beautiful, but I’d rather the bronze fabrication covered a little more, at least until mid thigh. Her hair and make up however, is perfect, as always. Joan Smalls: I absolutely love this strapless Givenchy dress on Joan. It looks, chic and simple and effortlessly elegant at the same time. The delicate nude strappy heels are perfect to compliment the dress and the taught bun and sparkly collar necklace completes her look.

Miranda Kerr:

Miranda Kerr: I absolutely love this Proenza Schouler frock on Miranda. The thick black piping on the neckline really stands out and Miranda’s idea to wear these amazing Stuart Weitzman heels. There’s something about pointed toed shoes that simply scream elegance and with the combination of the dress, the shoes and Miranda herself, this look earns her a perfect 10. July 2013 •

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GLITZ & GLAM

Rita Ora attended the launch of Sony Xperia Access at Sony Music in London on Tuesday evening. The singer, who’s sporting longer blonde tresses, wore a risqué Natalia Kaut Spring 2013 leather bustier dress with spaghetti-thin straps and a lasercut pattern which I love. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I love the boldness of the look, plus for once the red lip colour actually works here. Sadly, the shoes are too heavy and very uninspiring for such a daring look

I don’t know whether it’s the way he has been photographed or not, but I think Bradley Cooper could have made a better choice of suits because this Vivienne Westwood one in particular, doesn’t seem to be tailored to his physique. Also what’s with the brown shoes?

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A CLASS APART

A charming and witty man, Qahtan Qahtani is a true pioneer in the acting profession, and is the pride of Bahrain’s film and television industry. He has worked in the Aand is still going strong. Mr Qahtani walks us down memory lane and tells us all about his journey into acting while reminiscing about the most cherished moments in his career with Puja Tiwari.

Tell me all about yourself. I graduated from the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Kuwait Back in 1978 as a director and actor on stage. Since then, I started my career with different production houses in Kuwait, Bahrain and some other theatre groups in the region. I worked very hard in this business, it’s very limited here in Bahrain since we don’t have the infrastructure, the base for this profession. Later on I joined Bahrain TV in 1984 as Head of Production when TV had just started. They wanted someone to create some programmes and dramas. I can say that I’m a pioneer in the field for Bahrain Television. I concentrated on producing full-fledged Bahraini dramas, to showcase the culture and heritage. The dramas were a great success and we received a lot of positive feedback from viewers and bagged many awards. I worked to subtitle the series as well so expats could understand them. We built the base as Bahrain become number one in drama production from around 1986 to the late 90s. I was then transferred to the Culture and Heritage Directorate and I became the adviser for the undersecretary at that time and we started

working on theatre again. Soon, I decided to have an early retirement. My last project at that time was to supervise in building the first ever Cultural Hall in Bahrain, that’s the one next to the Marina Club. Tell me more about your hobbies. I love music, especially jazz and classical genre because it makes me feel good and relaxes me. Even when I’m upset about something, I turn up the volume and listen to music to boost my mood. I also love travelling because it gives you a chance to explore things and changes your perspective. I also enjoy cooking and I can cook different cuisines. I even contemplate on opening a restaurant one day perhaps! Now let’s go back in time. How did you get into acting at that point of time when the industry wasn’t even in a substantial one in the region? Since I was a baby, I was hooked onto television and astonished by the actors and I could see myself there. When I was in school I joined the scouts’ movement which gave me an opportunity to start acting on little gatherings. In my early teen years, I and July 2013 •

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A CLASS APART a few guys from the neighbourhood decided to build a little stage at a friend’s house and we started doing small skits and inviting the other kids to come and watch us for a fee of 100 fils. My father wanted me to join the faculty of geology because he used to work for a petroleum company and believed that was the future. Unfortunately, I couldn’t study geology because it was very dull and changed my subject to psychology. I couldn’t even do that so I returned to Bahrain and started working. Then I got an opportunity to join the Institute of Dramatic Arts in Kuwait as they came to Bahrain and chose a few people. How was your parents’ reaction when you broke the news to them about getting into the acting institute? My parents weren’t happy about the decision because they felt that the acting industry had no scope and they were right because until now we don’t have the proper infrastructure for this industry in Bahrain. Back in the 70s and 80s, there was a demand for movies and theatre but later on this just died down and people started running away from the art industry altogether. How many series and movies have you acted in throughout your career? Plenty! I’ve definitely lost count because I’ve been acting since my school days.

“I was ecstatic, filled with joy that I’ve done something that I really wanted to do and at the same time I was heartbroken that didn’t have a field to work in Bahrain.” What message do you have for aspiring actors, especially here in Bahrain? May God help you!(with a chuckle.) I hope that God will help you with your efforts to establish theatrical and television movement in this part of the world. How would you compare the acting industry in the GCC to other, more wellestablished industries? The acting industry in the gulf is coming up and trying to produce series which are aired on TV. In most channels, you’ll see an Egyptian series, a Syrian series and a Gulf series along with it. There is a big competition in this industry to produce better drama series as of now so it looks promising.

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I heard you’re doing a drama series for Ramadan in UAE. Tell me more about it. It’s called Yamin Hawa, which is a very traditional name. It’ll be aired on Summer Dubai channel. The writer and director are Bahrainis and the cast is from all over the Gulf. My role is that of a man who has been married two times, and has children from both the marriages and has a conflict with many things now. What’s the best way to unwind and de-stress after a long day at work? Just go to sleep! We spend long hours shooting every day, sometimes outdoors and especially during summer the heat is a killer! Sleep is the best stress buster. What is the most memorable moment of your career? The most memorable moment of my life was the day when I came back to Bahrain with my certificate as a professional actor and director. I was ecstatic, filled with joy that I’ve done something that I really wanted to do and at the same time I was heartbroken that didn’t have a field to work in Bahrain. Sadly, I joined a school as a teacher due to lack of acting openings. Later on, I got offered to become Head of


A CLASS APART “During the time I was studying, most of my time used to be in front of the mirror, practicing my facial expressions. I think this is one of the best techniques in acting.” Production for Bahrain TV, which would mean that I would have to forget my acting career for a very long time because of the production element. I didn’t know what the future would hold, so I took up the offer. Those were the two memorable moments of my career. I’m sure acting has got you used to being in character and having the right facial expressions for different roles. What tips do you have for aspiring actors? During the time I was studying, most of my time used to be in front of the mirror, practicing my facial expressions. I think this is one of the best techniques in acting. In theatre, we have to exaggerate our expressions and voice emotion in our tone. Television is a different story. First, examine your face well as an actor and see which muscles you can move. Second is the relaxation. Relaxation is important and there are exercises that you can do to achieve this. Third, be careful in choosing which movie or drama you will be in. Be picky in choosing your character. Don’t just take up anything for the sake of it. This is how you will gain respect and fans. What has been the funniest moment in your career? This was the funniest and the most dangerous. I was acting in Cairo in an epic series, and we were riding horses for a battle scene. The director wanted to shoot a scene in the desert before sunrise when it was hazy to add to the dramatics. So we were shooting a scene which showed the army riding on horses and coming down a hill. Because it was dark, the director had big lights put on top of the hill. The light men put on the lights suddenly and a technical glitch made the lights go on and off and the horses got startled and went out of control and my horse ran miles and miles into the desert. The desert had a sharp valley and that was the dangerous aspect. I was about to fall off but didn’t and later gained control of the horse. July 2013 •

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SUCCESS STORY

The great wall of art Biggest piece of art in the world!

Several distinguished Bahraini artists took part in Red Bull Collective Art, that is known to be taller than the Bahrain Financial Harbour. Red Bull Collective Art, in partnership with Adobe and Nissan, took place last month at the floating disc at the Amwaj Lagoon. The idea is that images or words are collectively assembled, with each successive person adding to the artwork, after seeing the last part of the previous design. As it stands now, Red Bull Collective Art is the largest piece of art in the world. Red Bull Collective Art proved that Art is an International language that travels across borders and bridges between cultures.

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BRAND FACTORY

Wamli.com A SHOPPER’S PARADISE WITH A ‘GEEK’ TWIST

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When I first heard of Dubai-based website Wamli.com, I was under the impression that it was like any other online shopping site – conventional products with considerably cheaper prices and eye-wateringly expensive shipping charges. But I was wrong about the conventional and shipping charges part. Upon visiting the site, I was hooked at first glance. You are spoilt for choice between a gazillion products ranging from moustache-shaped baby pacifiers to gummy bear soaps.

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The products are classified under different seven different categories - Essential, Gifts, Tech, Home design, Style and Crazy-Funky-Cool. I was given a fixed amount of wamli coins from creators of Wamli to get a better online experience. After logging in was when I realized this isn’t just like any other site. If you have Wamli’s gaming element called ‘Power of Passage’, every time you

complete an aspect of the website like filling out your profile, visiting the website on a daily basis or inviting friends to join, you are endorsed with more coins. Then you can buy products according to the number of coins in your stash, without actually using your credit card! Shipping costs are quite reasonable when it comes to Bahrain and delivery just took two days. The package comes with a pleasant surprise, stickers saying ‘Keep Calm and Continue Shopping’ and ‘Keep Calm and Collect Wamli Coins.’ Pretty groovy, huh?

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BRAND FACTORY We had a Q&A session with Rabih, the creator of Wamli.com, who elaborately explained further aspects of the website. 1. What is Wamli about? It is an online community where people come together to have fun, discover and shop crazy-funky-cool products.

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2. How many products does Wamli have on its website? We currently have over 750 products and 44 brands 3 Does it cater to customers across the region or is it limited to UAE and Bahrain for the time being? We sell worldwide since we launched, not limited to UAE or Bahrain. 4. How is Wamli different from other online shopping websites? Wamli is different from the products it sources to the social shopping experience and its unique loyalty and rewards program. 5. How was it formed? Whose idea was it? I (Rabih) came up with the concept of mixing game mechanics with social e-commerce, and started the project soon after. After few month of development, I approached my cousin Imad, who was a head buyer at Beirut Duty Free at the time, and had a passion for design and products. I showed him an early prototype of Wamli and he was immediately immersed. Later we contacted other family members and friends who, like us, were geeks and design lovers. They in turn fell in love with the concept and came on board giving life to Wamli.

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6. Please elaborate on what Wamli hopes to bring to customers through its website in future? Well, we only just started, Wamli is a great and a scalable platform, and the potential is huge. Expect a stronger community of design enthusiasts, more curated products. We are also going to make it a hub where brands communicate and market their products through Wamli. We also collect data on browsing and shopping behavior, we are going to make use of this data we’re collecting to personalize the shopping experience.

Propaganda brain Salt & peper shaker, brain container and brain lamp

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FOREVER FRIENDS “A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world” -Leo Buscaglia

Human beings are social creatures and have always valued the importance of friends in their lives. To celebrate this noble feeling it was deemed fit to have a day dedicated to friends and friendship. The International Day of Friendship is a United Nations (UN) day that promotes the role that friendship plays in promoting peace in many cultures and is observed on July 30 each year. Manisha Mirchandani and Noor Ahmed Gosmorrow talk about their best friends and how much they mean to them. Manisha Mirchandani and her best friend Nouf “My Best friend is my practically the other half of me. She thinks exactly like me. Laughs just like me and stands by my through everything just like I would for her. Most of our crazy moments occur when it’s just us home alone or walking in a mall. The best thing about being with each other is the fact that we know it’s going to be a good day regardless of what happens. Nouf is beautiful, caring and just really friendly. She is one of those people I can surely say will be there for me till the end and I love her to the moon and back.” 30 •

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Noor Ahmed Gosmorrow and her friends Mai and Aysha “Although we are quite a recent friendship project, this friendship has been so special to my heart and so fruitful in many beautiful ways. First I met Mai (my mayti) and we call ourselves Shawties. She is artistic, smart, sweet, hardworking and beautiful and has the most positive vibes ever. She’s been there for me in the ups and in the downs and has always been just a phone call away She personifies the word ‘bestie.’ I could always lean on her very strong presence and independent personally. A true inspiration in life, Mai has given me hope that females in Bahrain are not only about nail polish, shopping and fashion but instead are gorgeous women with good jobs and hobbies and a strong spiritual presence. I am grateful for having the sweetest memories with this girl and we never fight! I love her a lot and can’t imagine my life without her!

Then I met Aysha, who works with me. Everyone at work refers to her as ‘Tibjiti’ which means the other pair. I fell in love with Aysha before I met her. When I travelled to India my workmates called me and told me my soul mate just joined our organization I said “Soul mate? What do you mean?” They said “She is like you. Everything you girls do is identical from your spiritual interest to your hobbies.”So the day I came back to work I went to meet her and it’s very rare to find people that you click with instantly! Ever since then, Mai, Aysha and I are inseparable. We feed on each other’s positive energy. Mai is our creative designer; she has the most creative brain cells ever. Aysha is our little nutritionist, she keeps giving us healthy recipes (we don’t end up trying all of them; they get really crazy at times!) The thing with my shawties is that all along I thought I was a weirdo. I don’t really click deeply with anyone easily, but when they came to my

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life, I felt like they were just like me and it looked like a long, promising friendship. Bottom line is, it’s a blessing to be surrounded with like minded people and I feel very lucky to have them in my life. On this very special occasion I would like to give a shout out to our latest addition, Rawan, a very beautiful soul we met lately. Without forgetting my favourite twins in the whole world who have been with me for the longest time ever, Shimmy & Fate. Nevertheless, my true best friend will always be my sweet mother, Samya. I love you girls a lot and hope our precious friendship lasts a lifetime. July 2013 •

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The wonders of

ZANZIBAR

On the trails of Princess Salme and Freddy Mercury

By Claudia Hardt

Zanzibar, island pearl in the Indian Ocean, only 30-50 kilometers off the coast of East Africa, is a semi-autonomous archipelago of Tanzania and consists of several small islands and two large ones, Zanzibar (officially called Unguja) and Pemba. Over centuries famous as the spice island, producing cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon and black pepper, Zanzibar has plenty to offer to adventurous traveller and beach lovers alike. 32 •

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rriving comfortably on Oman Air for a long weekend retreat, I started my sightseeing in the old town of Zanzibar’s capital, Stone Town, straight from the airport, only a short 15 minute drive away. It’s easy to get around in Stone Town either by yourself while wandering through the narrow streets with a map, or you can arrange a private tour with one of the local tour operators who will adapt the city tour to suit your interest and time frame.

Places to visit are the House of Wonders, Arab Fort, Palace Museum, Livingstone’s House, Old Dispensary and the Anglican Cathedral.

Discover Stone Town with its winding alleys, bustling markets, mosques and historical Arab houses, many of them beautifully decorated with brass-studded, carved, wooden doors, initially protecting the properties from elephants coming closer and entering the houses in the good old days. A stroll through the city will not disappoint as it has kept its charm over the past 200 years. Due to its unique architecture and history it was even declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. July 2013 •

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to Germany where she followed a new life as Mrs. Emily Ruete far away from any convenience of the Royal Court. Her story which she wrote down initially for her kids in the late 19th century was originally published in German and has been translated into many languages nowadays.

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Only a short stroll away from Princess Salme’s heritage is the previous home of another well-known resident of Zanzibar – Freddy Mercury. Born as Farouk Bulsara in 1946 his family emigrated from India to Zanzibar. You can explore the early life and childhood of the rock legend and lead singer of the famous band Queen and follow in the footsteps of Zanzibar’s most popular son while walking through Shangani where Freddie Mercury lived with his family.

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Most of the houses seen today were built in the 19th century when the island belonged to the Sultanate of Oman - from the end of the 17th till the early beginning of the 20th century - and became an important trading hub in the Indian Ocean. The city got its unique name from its building material, the locally sourced coral rock of Zanzibar. The House of Wonders was built in 1883 as a ceremonial palace for Sultan Barghash and was the first in Zanzibar to have electric light, an electric lift as well as running water which caused the local people to call it Beit el Ajaib, meaning the House of Wonders. Today, it hosts the National Museum where to see many interesting relics from the time of the Sultans and the early explores. A stone throw away from the House of Wonders and the Palace Museum is Tembo House Hotel, situated at the seafront of Stone Town. This historical building had various functions since the beginning of the 19th century from serving as the American Consulate to being home of one 34 •

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of the largest trading companies in the Indian Ocean. After the building run down it underwent a major renovation and became eventually a hotel, beautifully decorated with Oriental and traditional Zanzibari ornaments, antiques and furniture. The Palace Museum, residence of the Zanzibari Royal family in old days, was built in the late 1890 and has a room dedicated to the life and fascinating story of Princess Salme, Princess of Zanzibar and Oman, daughter of Sultan Said the Great, born in 1844 in Beit el Mtoni, largest of the palaces in Zanzibar at that time, where she used to live up to the age of seven before she moved to another residence. Her mother was a Circassian slave, one of the concubines of the Royal harem. Princess Salme felt in love with a German merchant and the romantic affair which flourished from rooftop to rooftop across the narrow gap of their town houses situated next to each other eventually led to elopement – a scandal at that time. Princess Salme and the German businessman married and moved

The sightseeing tour through this enchanting city would not be complete without a sunset cooler at the Seyyida Hotel offering a breathtaking roof top terrace with views onto the old city and the harbour with its yachts and traditional sailing boats. The 17-room boutique hotel, featuring a combination of Colonial and Arabic décor, is situated next to the Palace Museum. After a day on the traits of Sultans, Princesses and a skilled musician it’s time to “pitch your tent” for the night in one of the resorts along the beaches of Zanzibar. The island’s beaches are a paradise with picturesque fishing villages where the people follow till today a simple way of life. Your choice is unlimited from Matemwe, Pwani Mchangani, Uroa, Bwejuu and Jambiani to Nungwi and Mangapwani beach. My little sanctuary to relax and unwind for a couple of days was the Sultans Sands Island Resort at Kiwenga beach, 45 minutes from Zanzibar airport and part of the Bluebay Hotels Group. The 76 rooms-resort with nicely appointed rooms built in single story African style rondavels, open to balconies with ocean, courtyard or garden views, is nestled in a 30 acres landscaped garden,


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right on the edge of the wide and sandy beach. Its sister property Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa is just next door walking distance via the garden which offers the great opportunity to explore the hotels’ entertainment offerings and culinary delights without leaving the main gate. Both hotels feature themed dinners throughout the week with even beach dining under the glittering stars and a typical Zanzibari seafood night set up right on the sands. For the day you may choose hanging out on the gorgeous beach, hopping onto a dolphin watch tour on the south coast of Zanzibar, or setting sail on the Indian Ocean for a sunset dhow cruise, the perfect way to bid farewell and wave goodbye to a splendid stay.

Albabra giant turtle

If you are still up for some excursions on the day of departure then enjoy a 20-30 minutes boat ride from Stone Town to Prison Island, also known as Changuu Island. Originally constructed with as prison complex it became instead a quarantine station serving all of the British territories in East Africa beginning of the 20th century. Nowadays, this beautiful remote place with a capturing white beach and hotel facilities is home to Aldabra giant tortoises. This endangered species came to Zanzibar as a gift by the Seychelles and can be up to 180 years old – another amazing highlight of the numerous wonders of Zanzibar. July 2013 •

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Eating Healthy during the month of Ramadan The holy month of Ramadan is observed by millions of Muslims around the world. Here are a few tips to ensure good health during this time of fasting and contemplation.

Include all the food groups daily. A healthy, balanced diet usually includes foods from the different food groups in the correct amounts daily: at least six servings of unrefined starches, four servings of lean proteins, five servings of vegetables and fruits, two servings of low-fat dairy and three servings of healthy fats. This will ensure an adequate intake of macro nutrients (energy, carbohydrates, protein and fat), micro nutrients (vitamins and minerals) and fibre. 36 •

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Bear in mind that these are general guidelines and that individual requirements will vary. For example, a very active person will require more servings of starch and protein. Eat plenty of fibre-rich foods. Fibre is essential to prevent constipation, control blood-sugar levels, reduce high cholesterol levels and increase satiety levels. If you haven’t been eating a fibre-rich diet, it’s not a good idea to go big on it when you’ve already started

fasting - it could result in bloating or (ironically) constipation. It’s easy to meet your fibre requirement during this month: at the early-morning meal (suhur), include a fibre-rich option like whole-wheat toast with tea or coffee and cereal with some fruit. For the evening meal (iftaar), include pasta or brown rice with lentils and vegetables, or a curry with whole-wheat bread. Haleem, a common lentil-based soup eaten during this month, is


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a great source of fibre and other nutrients, therefore filling up on this dish will provide you with plenty of nourishment.

By adding a handful of nuts and seeds to your early morning or evening meal, you can be assured of some good, heart-healthy fats. Drink plenty of fluids.
 Fluid intake is often neglected or forgotten during this busy month. It’s essential to ensure adequate fluid intake. This van be achieved by having drinks at sehri, iftaar and during the course of the evening. Low fluid levels can cause dehydration, headaches, low blood pressure or constipation. Aim to consume at least 6 – 8 glasses of water daily. Other drink options that can be included are tea, coffee, fruit juice or milkshake.

Include some healthy fats 

 Fats not only increase the palatability of a dish, but are essential to help absorb fat-soluble vitamins. Consumption of unhealthy saturated fats (full-cream dairy, chicken skin, visible fats on meat, Brazil nuts, coconut, coconut milk, hard brick margarines, butter, ghee, coffee creamers, tea whiteners and palm kernel oil) and trans fats (commercially fried foods, biscuits, cakes, crackers and packet chips) raises the risk for cardiovascular disease by increasing bad cholesterol levels and lowering good cholesterol levels. Cut back on fat-laden options like deep-fried foods, biscuits, cakes, vetkoek, fried chilli bites, rich and creamy desserts and drinks - they provide little nutritional value and contain excessive amounts of kilojoules, causing weight gain, nausea and discomfort after eating. Rather choose lower-fat or fatfree options to prepare various dishes, for example skim or low-fat milk for milkshakes, low-fat evaporated milk instead of cream, or low-fat cottage cheese instead of sour cream. Good fats include monounsaturated (avocado, olives, olive oil, almonds, peanuts, pecan nuts, cashew nuts) and polyunsaturated fats (oily fish, seeds, soft tub margarine and vegetable oils).

be cooked unhealthily by deep frying or using plenty of oil or ghee (clarified butter). Fried savoury foods are commonly consumed during this month. Better options are to bake savouries and for other dishes to stir fry, dry fry, grill, sauté or braai. Curries should also be made using minimal amounts of vegetable oil. Use healthier cooking methods. Cooking methods obviously influence the tastiness of a dish. At the same time, it’s not recommended that foods

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FEATURE tone down. Engage in light exercises such as walking, cycling (a stationary bicycle is suitable if you have one), stretching and lifting light weights. This will enable you to feel less lethargic, more fit, alert and able to engage in the long evening prayer. If you haven’t been physically active in the past, try to include some of the above exercises. Just make sure you don’t overexert yourself.

Suggestions on what to eat during Ramadan. Iftar The food eaten immediately after sunset to break the fast is known as Iftar. Here are some healthy foods to eat during the Iftar: Three or four dates, 1 serving (4 oz.) juice, 1 cup of vegetable soup with some pasta or graham crackers. The body’s immediate need at the time of iftar is to get an easily available energy source in the form of glucose for every living cell, particularly the brain and nerve cells. Dates and juices are good sources of sugars. Dates and juice in the above quantity are sufficient to bring low blood glucose levels to normal levels. Juice and soup help maintain water and mineral balance in the body. An unbalanced diet and too many servings of sherbets and sweets with added sugar have been found to be unhealthy.

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utilization of body fat. Basal metabolism slows down during Ramadan fasting. A diet that is less than a normal amount of food intake but balanced is sufficient enough to keep a person healthy and active during the month of Ramadan. Here are some healthy foods to eat during Sahur: Consume a light sahur. Eat whole wheat or oat cereal or whole wheat bread, 1-2 servings with a cup of milk. Add 2-3 teaspoons of olive oil or any other monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats in a salad or the cereal. Eat 1-2 servings of fruits, as a last item.

Dinner Meal Consume foods from all the following food groups: Meat/Bean Group Chicken, beef, lamb, goat, fish, 1-2 servings (serving size = a slice =1 oz); green pea, chickpea (garbanzo, chick peas, humus), green gram, black gram, lentil, lima bean and other beans, 1 serving (half cup). Meat and beans are a good source of protein,


FEATURE minerals, and certain vitamins. Beans are a good source of dietary fibre. Bread/Cereal Group Whole wheat bread, 2 servings (serving size = 1 oz) or cooked rice, one cup or combination. This group is a good source of complex carbohydrates, which are a good source of energy and provide some protein, minerals, and dietary fibre. Milk Group Milk or laban without sugar, yogurt or cottage cheese (one cup). Those who cannot tolerate whole milk must try fermented products such as buttermilk and yogurt. Milk and dairy products are good sources of protein and calcium, which are essential for body tissue maintenance and several physiological functions. Vegetable Group Mixed vegetable salad, 1 serving (one cup - lettuce, carrot, parsley, cucumber, broccoli, coriander leaves, cauliflower or other vegetables as desired.) Add 2 teaspoons of olive oil or any polyunsaturated oil and 2 spoons of vinegar. Polyunsaturated fat provides the body with essential fatty acids and keto acids. Cooked vegetables such as guar beans, French beans, okra, eggplant, bottle gourd, cabbage, spinach, 1 serving (4 oz). Vegetables are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, carotene, lycopenes, and other phytochemicals, which are antioxidants.

Fruits Group 1-2 servings of citrus and/or other fruits. Eat fruits as the last item of the dinner or soon after dinner, to facilitate digestion and prevent many gastrointestinal problems. Citrus fruits provide vitamin C. Fruits are a good source of dietary fibre. Fruits and mixed nuts may be eaten as a snack after dinner or tarawiaha or before sleep.

FEW SUGGESTIONS • Drink sufficient water between Iftar and sleep to avoid dehydration. • Consume sufficient vegetables at meals. Eat fruits at the end of the meal but remember to wait for a while before so as not disturb the food processing in your stomach i.e. fermentation, bloating etc. Avoid intake of high sugar (table sugar, sucrose) foods through sweets or other forms. Avoid spicy foods. • Avoid caffeine drinks such as coke, coffee or tea. Caffeine is a diuretic. Gradually reduce the intake of these drinks a few days before Ramadan. A sudden decrease in caffeine prompts headaches, mood swings and irritability. • Smoking is a health risk factor. Avoid smoking cigarettes. If you cannot give up smoking, cut down gradually starting a few weeks before Ramadan. Smoking affects utilization of various vitamins, metabolites and enzyme systems in the body. • Do not forget to brush your teeth before sleep and after Suhur. • It is recommended that everyone engage in some kind of light exercise, such as stretching or walking. • Intake of a balanced diet is critical to maintain good health, sustain an active lifestyle and attain the full benefits of Ramadan. July 2013 •

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Ticket to paradise

A spa treatment to remember

For an ultimate de-stressing session, a spa trip to the Ritz Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa provides a hedonistic sanctuary from the daily grind of life.

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he voyage to a more relaxed and rejuvenated self starts as soon as you enter the spa, where soothing background music immediately begins to work its magic. I was scheduled for a Swedish Massage and Vitamin-C Facial. A spa personnel leads you to the lockers, which is lined with a robe, a towel, bathroom slippers and other toiletries and asks you to change into the robe, then wait by the couch to be picked up by your personal therapist.

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My therapist, Cecil, greeted me with a big smile and was the friendliest therapist ever! After signing a consent form and discussing past injuries and skin issues, she led me to a room labelled ‘Chamomile.’ It was a petite room with a warming massage bed, dim lights and a few cabinets. A light aroma of Camomile lingered in the air, which explained the name of the room. Swedish massage concentrates on the


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back, shoulders, hands, legs and feet, which are parts of the body which stores stress. Cecil rubbed lavender oil on my back and massaged it in long strokes, explaining that stress from sitting long hours in front of a computer usually forms ‘knots’ in the back and shoulder region. She was working on dissolving the ‘knots.’ After working on my back, she massaged my arms and hands and then the legs, soothing the tensed muscle bunches. It was the most relaxed feeling I’ve experienced in months! Cecil then explained what the Vitamin C Facial entails. After cleansing, toning and moisturizing my face all the way to the clavicle, she would dab my face with Vitamin C extracts

and a scrub to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. Prior to the facial, a blackhead extraction was done to clear the skin on my nose. The treatment promotes collagen and elastin formation which regenerates and maintains luminous and radiant skin. The moisturiser smelt like citrus summer fruits and then Cecil asked me to close my eyes while she applied the Vitamin C extract. My far-fetched imagination made me visualise myself in a field filled with fragrant orange and lemon trees! The extract makes the skin tingle for about a minute till it settles down and it’s the same with the scrub. The finishing is done by sealing it all in with a moisturiser. It has an oily residue which stays on the skin for

about 30 minutes and then disappears. Upon looking in the mirror, the effects were conspicuously visible. My skin was looked radiant and had a healthy under glow to it! Cecil led me to the Relaxation Room and brought me tea and almonds. I bid farewell to Cecil and thanked her for the wonderful experience. After settling into a comfortable chaise and revealing in my new found bliss, I slowly drifted into a peaceful sleep. July 2013 •

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Melted crayon art on canvas

This is a great gift idea. It is a budget-friendly and beautiful project which can add life to your walls and is easy to make.

What you need:

1. Canvases 2. Box of crayons, preferably Crayola. 3. Blow dryer 4. Elmer’s Tacky Glue or a hot glue gun 5. Old towel or something to spread on the ground

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What to do:

1. Once you have all of your supplies, spread your old towel on the ground and lay out your canvas and crayons. Then, glue the crayons onto the canvas in any design that you want. Wait about 5 minutes for the glue to dry. ‚

2. After this, plug in your blow dryer and turn in to the highest setting. Prop your canvas up and hold the blow dryer close to the crayons. Slowly move the blow dryer over all of the crayons. As they melt, the will begin to slide down the canvas creating some sort of rainbow pattern which will vary depending on how you organized your crayons. „

3. Once the crayons are melted, leave the canvas propped up for about 20 minutes so that the crayon wax can continue to slide down the canvas and dry. When this is done, you’ll have a funky new item to decorate your space with.

The most important thing to remember is that you can always stray from these instructions and make this project your own. A few examples are shown on the page. Don’t limit your creativity!

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STYLE QUOTIENT

Greatness of the infinitely small Jaeger-LeCoultre creations seen on the Red Carpet in Cannes French actress Elodie Yung walked the red carpet in Cannes wearing a Jaeger-LeCoultre Joaillerie 101 Art Deco watch. The ultimate expression of miniaturization and elegance, 101 celebrates femininity. Calibre 101 is the world’s smallest mechanical movement; its 98 parts weigh barely one gram. Actor Raphael Personnaz was spotted in Cannes wearing a Reverso Grande Taille watch. Born in 1931, the Reverso watch enshrines one of the most beautiful histories in Fine Watchmaking, firmly establishing itself as a timeless classic. Actress and director Carmen Chaplin was seen wearing a Jaeger-LeCoultre secret watch in yellow gold from 1949. Elodie Yung

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Kate Beckinsale wears Jimmy Choo ‘Myth’ sandals.

Myth is a perfect example of a Jimmy Choo transitional sandal. The delicate straps enhance the natural proportions of the foot and the neon flashes are an easy way to wear this trend.

Sparkle all the way.

Emma Roberts chose to carry a Tory Burch Sparkle Suede Square Frame Clutch in Anthracite to the Intermix 20th Anniversary Celebration at The New Museum in NYC on May 21st, 2013. July 2013 •

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Intricate beauties

NEW PRE-FALL HANDBAGS COLLECTION FROM MARC BY MARC JACOBS THE SHELTERED ISLAND and LACE BAGS A sophisticated seasonal update to the spring season is the new theme of lace bags, comprised of a large tote, a medium tote, a tablet x-body and a landscape cosmetic pouch. The Sheltered Island group is inspired by industrial elements which have been combined in an understated way in each silhouette to create a sophisticated feel. Each body is adorned with new metal edge corners, our new slim letter pressed logo plaque and delicate staple details.

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CELINE PRE-FALL 2013

READY-TO-WEAR & BAG

COLLECTION As a successful designer, working mom of three, and all-round purveyor of cool, Phoebe Philo continues to break the mold in fashion. And she’s been shaping the look of things to come with a more conceptual hand of late. After the raw and deconstructed edge of spring, Philo is pushing traditional ideas of tailoring to unchartered territory for pre-fall. Even something as familiar as a mannish two-piece suit, for example, has an unexpected twist of the new; sprinkle it with delicate pearl buttons and it’s androgyny with a soft touch. Add in some seriously extreme proportions, like floor-sweeping double-breasted overcoats and super sky-high lace-up wedges—just when everyone else in fashion appears to be coming down and paring back—and you’re a little closer to decoding her deliciously perverse counter intuitive rules.

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LATEST SUMMER COLLECTION OF

Shoshanna at Seventh Heaven Experience everlasting fashion flair this summer with the latest collection of Shoshanna at Bahrain’s definitive fashion destination, Seventh Heaven! Summer fashion is all about the effortless fusion of bright colours and comfortable styles. With a touch of simplicity that is eminent in the simple but sophisticated creations of American-based designer Shoshanna Lonstein, these gorgeous silhouettes bring on a trend that’s so fresh and fun with style. July 2013 •

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DIANE VON FURSTENBERG & GAPKIDS + BABYGAP SPRING 2013 A signature Diane von Furstenberg palette comes to life with African inspired prints and wild animal illustrations, capturing the excitement of discovery. Collection favourites were created with the adventurous girl in mind, from the iconic DVF wrap dress–reworked with playfully integrated shorts–to brightly printed skinny fit jeans. Prints are bold and classic DVF, from charming hibiscus buds, to the DVF signature heart and the Gap/DVF graffiti. A safari theme emerges in a shirt and shirt-dress adorned with playful patches, and graphic T-shirts featuring tigers and zebras, fauna, flora and exotic butterflies. Shorts have a paper-bag waist and full-leg and pair perfectly with jersey separates–leggings, tees and simple vest tops. There are even rompers for baby girls. The playful collection also extends to swimwear and accessories, from chic espadrilles to the essential sunhat.

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Deliverying maternity and baby fashion Fresh new look for you and your little ones. Give your look a refresh for the new season, with our new fashion ranges, inspired by muted African landscapes. There is something for every occasion. Its time for some changes.

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Dannijo

The Snyder sisters grew up in sunny Florida, where they used their cardiologist father’s medical tools to teach themselves how to make jewellery while in middle school. Once the two reunited in New York after their college years, they went back to their childhood hobby and created a capsule jewellery collection for Danielle’s non-profit L.W.A.L.A. (Live With A Lifelong Ambition), which fund-raised for grass-roots initiatives in Africa. Seemingly overnight, the two built their jewellery passion into a successful brand. Since its inception, DANNIJO has advocated creating sustainable economic opportunity for women in underdeveloped areas of the world.

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ISHARYA

Isharya - a premium contemporary costume jewellery brand which creates statement pieces which effortlessly fuse California chic with Bollywood glamour. Inspired by India’s intricate and vibrant style, they strive to innovate by blending modern techniques with heirloom details to create on trend, high quality jewellery that is provocative and sophisticated. From dramatic chandelier earrings to jewel encrusted cuffs and bold cocktail rings, each piece is designed to emphasize the charisma and confidence of the modern day, jet-setting woman.

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Amaya by Priyanka

PRIYANKA is the eponymous jewellery label of designer Priyanka Lugani. Indian-born Priyanka draws inspiration from far-flung destinations across the globe. Her adventures in the colourful streets of Istanbul and eclectic markets of Delhi blend seamlessly with her interpretations of polished Hong Kong and avant-garde Manhattan. Her jewellery fuses Eastern and Western influences to create beautiful statement pieces; her rich Indian heritage is visible in the complexity of colour combinations, stones and timeless designs. Priyanka often uses charms on her woven silk-cord bracelets, which represent spiritual happiness, protection, and luck.

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BEAUTY

Cosmetic Cosmos Vernis 1 seconde Bourjois has created playful combinations of nail enamels. Three new luminous and saturated shades of nail enamel and 1 repromoted shade provide the finishing touch for your finest summer looks. Nails will pop with Shine Edition.

Shine Edition Lipstick For summer 2013, the most couture lipstick from Bourjois becomes available in a Shine version, with lots of prettiness in store. Bourjois is taking its fashion-forward approach even further. Now you can team the new lipsticks with your nail enamel, boldly mixing and matching with this season’s hottest shades.

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BEAUTY

Junaid for Perfumes Bareea… The Splendor of Pure Beauty. The mildest touch this season comes your way in the graceful and enticing Bareea from Junaid for Perfumes. This unique perfume oil presents itself as perfect gift for the woman of today. Packaged in a petal-shaped enclosure and treasured in a sheer white porcelain bottle with a decorative top of delicate flowers, the refreshing Bareea oil possesses a soul of pure innocence and youth for the season. Its softness and mild aura blooms in its top note of white flower followed by floral notes of violet and fragrant rose. The bottle’s figurine like shape makes it the perfect ornament, triggering memories of beautiful moments. Available at all Junaid for Perfumes outlet, the new oil is priced at BD 12/- for 12ml.

Citiver Dueto Parfums for women and men Citiver by Dueto Parfums is a Woody Aromatic fragrance for women and men. This is a new fragrance. Citiver was launched in 2013. The nose behind this fragrance is Ursula Wandel. Top notes are bergamot, lemon, cedar and grapefruit; middle notes are elemi, nutmeg, pimento and violet; base notes are vetiver, labdanum, virginia cedar, patchouli, tonka bean, musk, guaiac wood and peru balsam.

NYX soft matte lip cream Beautify your lips with the velvety rich NYX soft matte lip cream from Beautybay. Provides extreme pigmentation with a silky and glossy finish. Kiss those dull and dry lips goodbye! The new lip cream from NYX cosmetics that straddles the line between lipstick and gloss gives your lips a silky smooth finish with its creamy, lustrous formula. NYX soft matte lip cream is now available across all Beautybay stores.

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TECHNO TALK

TECHNOLOGIC Latest gadgets and what you will love about them!

Acer Aspire ZC-605

This all-in-one PC wants to become your family’s new multimedia hub. With Intel Pentium or Celeron processors, integrated graphics and up to 16GB RAM it may not exactly challenge Deep Blue, but it does have mum-like multitasking powers, with Windows 8 home screens for everyone, a 19.5-inch, 1600x900 LCD screen and Dolby Home Theatre surround sound.

LG Pocket Photo Smart

Like whippet racing and pipe smoking, printing photos is no longer the commonplace pastime it was. Even so, there’ll always be a need for physical images that you can pin to your wall and admire or throw darts at, as you see fit. This pocket-sized printer connects to Android or iOS devices via Bluetooth or NFC and uses “inkless” ZINK technology. This works by heating special paper containing colour-forming molecules packed into layers that, once melted, form the everlasting image of you drunkenly giving a double thumbs-up whilst meeting Wagner from X Factor. Print Smartly and Enjoy Instantly! Don’t let a beautiful moment stay hidden in your smartphone. Print it out and bring it to life. Enjoy editing & sharing photos whenever and wherever.

Tablet or laptop?

Lablet? Taptop? Quit your arguing, guys: this Windows 8 Pro Toshiba is the latest hybrid device offering a bit of both. Rip the detachable, full-HD, 11.6-inch touchscreen tablet from the splash-resistant keyboard dock and input switches from backlit keys to ten-finger multi-touch accordingly. An Intel Core processor – precise model unconfirmed as yet – two USB slots, HDMI and an SD card reader all feature, while a solid state drive keeps moving parts to a minimum and the thickness to just 19.9mm.

Numark Mixtrack Edge

This portable controller for DJs who prefer to travel light is the size of an iPad and festooned with jogwheels, faders and two FX dials, so you can mix Black Sabbath into Chrvches using just a laptop and the very smallest of trestle tables. You can connect directly to speakers and also via USB and MIDI, so it’s compatible with most existing PC and Mac DJ software. EQ controls have been mysteriously abandoned, so you can forget headlining the Ministry with this, but it does offer a cheap musical fix. 66 •

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TECHNO TALK

Asus B1M Projector

How can you make your PowerPoint presentation more impressive? One answer is star wipes, but for even greater classiness, there’s this wireless projector. It collects files straight from your network-connected laptop, tablet or smartphone and turns them into 51-inch images, with its LED light serving up 700 big lumens of brightness and a 1280x800 image resolution, while a 2W speaker provides a certain amount of sound. Are your Luddite colleagues not equipped to go wireless? The inclusion of a USB port and SD card slot means they can still get involved.

Sony Cyber-shot HX50

Go on, take a closer look; this is the first compact camera to feature a 30x optical zoom. Not content with above-average eyesight, it also includes tech borrowed from Sony’s high-end RX range, including a 20.4-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor and Wi-Fi for uploading your long-lens shots of Prince Harry cavorting directly to social networks. It also shoots 50fps full-HD video, while a dedicated EV dial on the back lets you fiddle with exposure compensation like a pro, and a hotshoe means you can add an external flash.

Bowers & Wilkins Z2

This coffee table-friendly slice of audio techno-lush is compatible with the iPhone 5, via its Lightning dock, with other iDevices rocking it via AirPlay. The curving speaker’s beauty is besmirched solely by two capacitive volume pads, an ethernet port and a 3.5mm headphone jack, and comes in black or white. Inside are two 3.5-inch drivers and a class D amp, which come together to create sound in B&W’s usual, impressive manner.

Kobo Aura HD

Kobo’s latest e-reader comes with a built-in backlight, putting it in direct competition with the Kindle Paperwhite. It’s easy on the eye, with its 6.8inch e-ink screen boasting a crisp, 1080x1440 resolution. Kobo has been busily filling the shelves of its online bookstore, so you can now choose from a selection of 2.5 million e-tomes, storing them in the 4GB provided, or adding them via the miracle of microSD.

Canon EOS 100D

This is the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR, measuring just 117x91x69mm and weighing in at 407g. Despite that, the EOS 100D has the same 18-megapixel CMOS sensor and most of the same manual controls as the semi-professional, comparatively obese EOS 600D. Naturally, it also shoots full-HD video. The 10012800 ISO range helps make light work of shooting in murky conditions, while Canon has jazzed up the autofocus with the “Hybrid CMOS AF II” system offering 80 per cent frame coverage. An enhanced creative mode throws on even more photographic training wheels, as well as some Instagram-esque filter effects. July 2013 •

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Philips DesignLine 2013

Philips takes minimalism to the extreme with its latest 46- or 55-inch, 3D smart TV. There’s no stand, no neck, no frame and no bezel, just a sheet of glass that houses the full-HD, edge-lit LED display, with Ambilight back projection mimicking the colours of the on-screen action. There is a bracket to hold it in place but still, don’t let your robot vacuum cleaner near it.

Ressence Type 3

Forget regular watch faces; what you want is a liquidfilled dome, with hours, seconds and days displayed as if you’re looking into an amphibian’s bulging eye. A thermostatic valve system allows for the addition and removal of liquid so the dome is always totally – but not overly – full. Basically, it’s a watch whose face is filled with fluid, and costs this much because that’s much harder to maintain than you ever dreamed. So you’ve learned something today. 68 •

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Samsung Galaxy Mega

The Galaxy S4’s five-inch screen, or Note II’s 5.5-inch display not big enough for you? Samsung’s latest “phablet” or “tablone” – the Galaxy Mega – has a 720p, 6.3-incher, while a dualcore 1.7GHz chip and 1.5GB of RAM should deliver splendid performance. Also on-board: an eight- mega pixel camera, 4G, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC, plus Android Jelly Bean OS, overlaid with Samsung’s beloved TouchWiz.


RESTAURANT

FINE. WINE. DINE.

Italian fine dining restaurant Primavera at the Ritz Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa

From fast food to high-end restaurants, Italian eateries can be found dime to a dozen in Bahrain. But for at taste of authentic Italian fine dining, Primavera at the Ritz Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa is the perfect option.

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RESTAURANT

I visited Primavera for lunch. My lunch partner and I chose a seat with a stunning view of the pool side and gardens. The interiors are elegant and chic, with a large, separate dining area for big groups as well. A striking feature of the separate dining hall is that the walls are covered with real, velvety green moss. It lends a very fresh element to the private space

For main course, we had cut of beef tenderloin with rocket leaves, Porcini mushrooms and parmesan shavings. The beef was the tenderest meat you could ever sink your teeth into. The mushrooms and rocket were great with the steak.

For desert, we were given a selection of heavenly sweet treats including home-made vanilla ice cream with Amerena cherry, three flavours of crème brulee and Tiramisu. Each had a distinct flavour, neither too sweet nor too bland.

All the presentations of the dishes was impeccable!

What a happy ending! It was the perfect end to a delicious lunch!

Although there is a fairly sumptuous menu, the restaurant manager suggested that we try the dish of the day – Caprese salad with Buffalo Mozzarella and Cherry Tomatoes and Bresaolo, which is air-dried salted beef. The Caprese Salad was a fitting combination of scrummy and tangy and Buffalo Mozzarella is one of my personal favourites in any salad. The Breasolo was delicious! We also learnt of walls on either sides filled with Wines from different parts of the world, perhaps on the largest collection of wines in Bahrain. July 2013 •

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AUTOMOBILE

THE ORIENTAL FAIRLADY NISSAN 370Z By Fayez Abubacker

OUR 6 POINT REVIEW

Of the millions of Japanese cars produced in the past half-century, most are memorable only through their sheer numbers. A small group, however including the Nissan Z have achieved true affordable sports car icon status. A sports car lauded for its high performance and strong value, the Nissan Z proved that Japan could make more than just fuel-sipping econoboxes. The Nissan 370Z, representing the Z’s sixth generation, continues this tradition. 72 •

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1. EXTERIORS Even the best retro design needs updating eventually. The front and rear aprons are low and aggressive, the exhaust pipes are big and the wing looks custom. It almost looks too much like a tuner actually. From 20 feet away, you can’t tell if the kit came from a Japanese factory or your local Autozone. The most obvious update is the relocation of the car’s “fangs” from the grille to the outside edges of the front bumper; the vestigial teeth are now rendered as a pair of vertical LED daytime running lights rather than in body-color plastic. On the rear bumper, a red reflector has replaced the small piece of black plastic that was used in place of fog lamp. 2. INTERIORS The driver’s seat is well bolstered and models with leather upholstery have suedelike seat centres to stop you sliding around during hard cornering. The clarity of the instruments themselves is impressive, with a large trip computer screen appearing on the


AUTOMOBILE far left of the display and a big rev counter in the centre. The instrument dials also move in unison with the steering wheel, ensuring a clear line of sight. The 370Z is strictly a two-seater, but there’s plenty of head- and legroom. Less impressive is the amount of luggage room on offer and the way that the boot’s cargo remains partially on display, despite the fitment of a tonneau cover. The boot itself is unusually shallow and impaired by a big suspension brace. 3. PERFORMANCE The 370Z certainly lives up to its looks, thanks to a 324 hp and 270 pound feet torque 3.7-litre V6 engine driving the rear wheels. It blasts from 0-60mph in less than 5.5 seconds. It has a seven-speed automatic with shift paddles on the steering wheel and the SynchroRev Match manual transmission. The latter automatically blips the throttle during downshifts to deliver smoother, quicker shifts with better dynamic control of the chassis, which not only maximizes performance but also makes you sound like a certified pro driver. 4. RIDE AND HANDLING The 370Z provides all the thrills and most of the dynamic ability you could possibly want. The standard sport-tuned suspension delivers excellent handling and a surprisingly smooth ride. Regardless, we’ve noticed it suffers from pervasive road noise that severely limits the Z’s appeal as a road trip car. A viscous limited-slip differential helps with getting power to the road and a front chin deflector and rear spoiler augment the aerodynamics at speed. The 370Z’s heavy steering feels just a bit numb and didn’t communicate very much to me through my fingertips, but it is definitely responsive and direct. The 370Z turns into bends sharply, has strong grip and meaty, communicative steering which inspires confidence. 5. SAFETY Every 2013 Nissan 370Z comes standard with antilock brakes, traction and stability control and side airbags. Front, side and curtain airbags, as well as active antiwhiplash head restraints, are on hand in case a collision is unavoidable. On the security front, deadlocks, locking wheelnuts and an alarm make life difficult for thieves. The 370Z’s athletic handling and strong brakes continue to earn high marks. 6. EQUIPMENT Standard features include 18-inch wheels, automatic bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, heated mirrors, keyless entry, cruise control, automatic climate

control, a rearview camera, ventilated seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, bose sound system, an iPod/USB audio interface, bluetooth connectivity and sat-nav system. The 2013 Z is available as a hatchback coupe or soft-top convertible. Both the base and Touring trims are available with a Sport package, which adds a limited-slip differential, 19-inch forged alloy wheels, upgraded brakes, suspension dampers, SynchroRev Match manual transmission, a rear spoiler and a front chin spoiler. The Nismo 370Z coupe gets a more powerful V6 along with the same or upgraded versions of the Sport package items.

VERDICT The 370Z stands out thanks to its powerful engine and agile handling bringing out a thrilling performance combined with sculpted styling and surprisingly comfortable cabin. The Z in all of its incarnations, has always provided an unusually large hit of performance for the money. There are some downsides such as the luggage space and the abundance of road noise but the 370Z it is certainly one of the most exciting two-seat sports cars around and a fitting progression of the Z’s heritage. July 2013 •

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OUT AND ABOUT

Fitness First celebrates five years in Bahrain Fitness First celebrated their fifth year in Bahrain an exciting activity held at their premises at the World Trade Centre. A cake cutting ceremony and prize distribution also took place later in the event.

Yousif, Rashid, Hassan and Mubarak

Aubry and Salayil

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Dean, Zafar, Lynne, Villas

Marl, Tere and Nor

Mark, Shiela, Giselle and Film Ark

Ahmed, Khalid and Jayad

Sohaila and Anna

Fatima and Claudia

Miranda, Felipe and Gustavo


Sergio Miranda photography exhibition An exhibition by photographer Sergio Miranda was held at World Beat Fitness Art Gallery in Budaiya last month. Works of Mr Miranda were showcased for visitors to enjoy. Toina and Chang Waleed, Shaima and Mohd.

Victoria and Iman Mac, Mariam and Lucrecia

Haitham and Isa

Abed and Buddy

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OUT AND ABOUT

Elite Resort and Spa Pre-Ramadan dinner A pre-Ramadan Media dinner event was held at the Al Noor Tent by the Elite Resort and Spa management

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Ritz Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa Launches new Natura Bisse Facial products New Facial treatments were introduced in an event held at the Ritz Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa. It was attended by invited guests, employees and the media. Ned, Tamara, Kathy, Ricardo and Sarah Leila, Hassan and Claudia

Najat and Khadija

Dart Hia and Gwen Dilip and Yiannis

Tik, Kam, Mandy, Charmaine and Junghee

Lamya, Rattana, Patsanee and Agnes

Linda and Shala

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Margarita, Elise, Liza and Renebeth

Moyez, Nadia and Yvonne


OUT AND ABOUT

Jennifer, Emy, Lora, Nerfe and Meldy

Sabaya Trading launches Hair Botox Sabaya trading launched a new hair botox treatment by James Albert at Elite Seef Residence. A demonstration was given to invited guests and members of the media of how the treatment works.

Alice and Amina

Leny and Miriam

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Regie and Rochelle


OUT AND ABOUT

Safa

Cici, Suja, Sheeba and Enega

Dang and Ema Georgy and Moe

Narmada, Vilma and Roaya

Zahra and Ateqa

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Ritz launches new lounge titled ‘Thai’ Ritz Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa launched their new pool side lounge called Thai by their pool side in the presence of employees, invited guests and the media. A traditional Thai dance and fire dance was performed by the employees.

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IN THE DARK

Beluga launch at Meisei

Guillaume and Kicks

Diana, Helen, Maria, Alena and Vanessa

Tamer Fakhro and wife

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Yvonne and Rita


IN THE DARK

Basma and Kylie Derrick, Hilton and Kristy

Rita and Craig

Nadia, Sousan and Lina

Nakib and Sara

Abdulrahman and Dana

Nadine and DJ

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Bushido’s fourth anniversary Martina, Puneet and Anja Cora, Ana and Warren

Rose, Angel, Cathie, Ruby, Mallou and Alana

Maha and Stacey

Galina and Mustafa

Maraim and Lani

Maui, Amanda and Emmi

Abdul Aziz, Abhdul Rahman and Omar

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IN THE DARK

William Garden and Adbul Rahman Farhan, Sherry, Amena and Arsalan

Hind, Danial, Julie and Carola Samuel, Renebeth and Dhanuska

Andy, Marc, Anna and Jihan

Yasser,Ayda and Shanshabel

Imbi and Riina

Ahmed, Dominique, Zena, Gihan and Hasan

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IN THE DARK

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David Vendetta and violinist Micah at Coral Bay Fiona and Hind

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Casey and dalia

Kristen, Anca and Azzam

Susie, Dayanara and Honey


IN THE DARK Hana and Ziad

Ammar and Hassan Lamya with Hamza and Mohammed

Ilham, Imtiaz and Khalil Lilian and Mervet

Ahmed and Shaima

Karen and Kelly

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IN THE DARK

Shanki and Lenore

Jade and Jay

RnB Night with DJ Swing at Coral Bay Jalic and Tasha

Fatme and Lucy Natscia and Maya

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IN THE DARK

King, Jodie and Alaric

Jodie, Zakand Dominque Jack and Keiz

Zenovia and Trudy

RJ, Eewezy and Sade

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PRESS RELEASE

BAHRAIN CITY CENTRE HEATS THINGS UP THIS SUMMER!

FUN CITY EXPANDS ITS PRESENCE IN THE KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN

Bahrain City Centre, the largest shopping, entertainment and lifestyle destination in the Kingdom, is encouraging shoppers to get active this summer with their sport-themed shop-and-win summer campaign which aims to promote Bahrain’s wider goals of being the sports capital for the region. Visitors can energetically shop for the newest fashion in any of the malls 350 retail outlets, while getting the chance to win amazing prizes, including a luxury sports car, until June 30th. Kids from the community will also be able to enrol in a special Sports Camp running for the entire month.

Fun City opens its doors to even more children in Bahrain, with its second opening in less than two months.

Throughout June, shoppers who spend just BD 30 will have a chance to win the grand prize of a brand new sports car or one of five BD 1,000 each in Gift Cards! What’s more, by embracing the sports theme and shopping at any of Bahrain City Centre’s 14 sports and leisure retailers, visitors can double their chance to win.

The formal inauguration of the new centre located in Oasis Centre, Al Muharraq took place on June 1st and was inaugurated by Mr. Vikas Attri, Territory Head -Bahrain & Mr. Silvio Liedtke, COO Fun City, in the presence of Al Rashid Group. The previously opened Centre in Oasis Centre, Riffa and this latest one provides wholesome fun to its little visitors . The Fun City attractions in Oasis Centre, Al Muharraq include exciting rides like the all-time favourite Bumper Cars, the Happy Swing, the Hello Kitty Fun House in addition to the specially designed zones Play Zone & Fun n’ Learn.

BAHRAIN WELCOMES APL ANTWERP, LARGEST CONTAINER VESSEL DOCKS AT STATE-OFTHE-ART KHALIFA BIN SALMAN PORT APM Terminals Bahrain,(APMT) the operators of the state-of-the-art Khalifa bin Salman Port, (KBSP), today welcomed the largest container vessel yet to enter Bahrain’s waters. APL Antwerp, on route from Asia docked in Bahrain for one day. The vessel is on its Asia-Middle East schedule calling at Jebel Ali, Bahrain and Dammam before heading eastbound to Singapore and South Asia. On arrival at the state-of-the-art KBSP, the largest container mother vessel was welcomed by officials from APM Terminals, Bahrain and APL’s local representative office. During a brief ceremony on-board the ship, the Captain, Zahid Ali Mulla was presented a plaque by Simon Brebner, Chief Commercial Officer at APM Terminals Bahrain.

A Statement of Powerful Elegance Hyundai Genesis Sedan 2013 First Motors presents the all-new Hyundai Genesis 2013 - a car with luxurious looks, powerful performance and cutting-edge technology. Designed to offer the perfect balance of power, performance and style, the Hyundai Genesis 2013 raises the bar in the luxury performance market. The new model features engine refinements which complement the current 334hp 3.8 liter Lambda V6 GDI engine that offers customers a high level of power and performance for which the Genesis is renowned. Refined from every angle, the exterior of the Genesis 2013 is equipped with an outstanding and dynamic design. Luxurious leather seats, wood grain finish and a newly designed navigation system with bluetooth telematics are just some of the many luxurious features that truly provide the interiors of the Genesis with prestige ambience. 92 •

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PRESS RELEASE

UK LEADERSHIP EXPERT DISCUSSES BUSINESS GROWTH THROUGH EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT Mr. Nick Horan, Managing Director of Catalyst Business Dynamics, a leading UK-based firm, highlighted the key role employee engagement plays in driving business growth at the Bahrain British Business Forum (BBBF) monthly luncheon, held the InterContinental Regency Hotel on Tuesday (June 18th, 2013), the event was attended by British deputy ambassador to Bahrain Russ Dixon. Mr. Horan, a renowned expert in the leadership field with over 25 years of experience working in the public and private sectors, presented several models to help business leaders inspire their teams to higher levels of success and performance.

CAPITAL CLUB HOSTS LADIES GM LUNCHEON IN SUPPORT OF FELLOWSHIP, EMPOWERMENT & SOCIAL AWARENESS Capital Club Bahrain hosted its second Ladies Only Luncheon, hosted by General Manager, Shahnaz Pakravan. With a different guest list at each luncheon, the event was attended by over 20 influential businesswomen - Members of the Club and the greater community; some of whom included Mona Almoayyed, Mariam Janahi, Uzma Tapal Dadabhai, Amal Almoayyed, Iro Smith, Narees Qamber, Marjan Modara, Wiebke Buelow, Claire Pollard, Anoeska Drent, Sebahat Isik, Maxine Mac, Dina Haikel, Wendy Vaandrager and Christiana Sereda. One of the main goals of this bimonthly gathering is to find holistic ways to connect with the community, supporting business endeavour and charitable causes.

KBMC & RBH AFFIRM SUPERIOR HEALTHCARE STANDARDS WITH ACHSI ACCREDITATION Two private medical facilities in the Kingdom of Bahrain, KIMS Bahrain Medical Centre (KBMC) and the Royal Bahrain Hospital (RBH), have raised the bar in terms of healthcare quality standards by meeting the requirements of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and securing the accreditation of the ACHSI (Australian Council on Healthcare Standards International). While KBMC has been re-accredited, thereby proving its continued commitment to maintaining very high standards of healthcare delivery, RBH has made its mark as the fastest accredited hospital after launch in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

MEDIA MEMBERS ENJOY MONACO GP SCREENING Members of the local media and the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) Media Club enjoyed a screening of the eventful Formula One Grand Prix de Monaco 2013 at the Motorox Café, Budaiya. Organised by the BIC Media and Public Relations Department, the screening on Sunday afternoon was held to bolster relations between BIC and the national media and as a part of the vibrant motorsport culture that thrives in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Guests enjoyed the exciting 78-lap race around Monaco that saw Mercedes’ German ace Nico Rosberg record an impressive pole-to-flag win. The actionpacked race saw Rosberg clinch the victory following two safety car deployments and a 25-minute stoppage that was caused by Pastor Maldonado crashing his Williams.

BRITISH SCHOOL OF BAHRAIN STUDENTS EXPERIENCE KEMPINSKI 150 students aged 6 to 7 years from the British School of Bahrain visited Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre over the course of two days for a unique, interactive look into the life of five-star hospitality, through activities involving the Culinary and Housekeeping staff, with collaboration from Magic Planet in Bahrain City Centre. 75 young and energetic boys and girls from three separate classes visited the property on each day. Within one busy morning organized in rotation, the students were exposed to two influential departments in the hotel: Culinary and Housekeeping. July 2013 •

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PRESS RELEASE

JASMI’S DYNAMIC EXPANSION PLANS ON TARGET

New Branch at The Square Plaza Opens Its Doors To Customers! Jasmi’s Corporation recently opened their 24th outlet as part of their continuous expansion plans to get closer to their customers and cater to their individual needs. Located in Salmabad, Jasmi’s decided to position the new branch at the Square Plaza, in close proximity to AMA University so that students can grab a delicious bite to eat on the go, and also to serve the local community keeping in mind Salmabad’s growing residency rate. Spanning over an area of 271 sqm, the outlet can accommodate a capacity of 95 people comfortably and incorporates a contemporary look with the red and yellow theme to match the Jasmi’s corporate colors. The new outlet also features a double window drive-through for take away customers, and a “Jasmi’s Coffee” counter which offers the famous Jasmi’s coffee, cakes, fresh juices, salads, croissants and bagels served fresh on a daily basis.

BAHRAIN MOTORCYCLE CLUB VISIT’S BRIDGESTONE SERVICE CENTRE MA’AMEER Bridgestone Service Centre launched their latest service of Bike tire repair & fitting in Ma’ameer. On this occasion, the Bahrain Motorcycle Club riders were invited to the new bike service facility at the Bridgestone Service Centre. The facility has a special bay with advanced technologies for bike service and tyre fitting. Mr Shambil Basit -Head of Retail, Tires & Allied Business Division, AJM Kooheji Group took the BMC riders through a walkthrough of the facility and showed the riders the various services the Bridgestone Service Centre has to offer. The BMC riders were also given a demonstration on the bike tire change. Mr. Shambil stated the following at the launch - “This is only the beginning, we have more services to be introduced for bikers in Bahrain. In the near future we will also be introducing services of wheel alignment. We will very soon also be selling Bridgestone bike tires via our facility.”

TAMKEEN ISSUES 2012 ANNUAL REPORT 2012 REPORT FEATURES READER-FRIENDLY MAGAZINE-STYLE DESIGN AND CONTENT Tamkeen today announced that it has issued its 2012 Annual Report, the fifth such report it has issued since its establishment by Royal Decree 57 in 2006. In a departure from reports of years past, the 2012 report uses sleek magazine-style design and simplified content to make it more approachable and reader-friendly. The purpose of this approach is to enhance the understanding of Tamkeen’s role and encourage the general public to benefit from its support programmes.

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MEDIA MEMBERS ENJOY CANADIAN GP SCREENING Members of the local media and the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) Media Club enjoyed a screening of the Formula One Grand Prix Du Canada 2013 at the Motorox Café, Budaiya. Organised by the BIC Media and Public Relations Department, the screening on Sunday night was held to bolster relations between BIC and the national media and as a part of the vibrant motorsport culture that thrives in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Red Bull’s German star Sebastian Vettel put on a display of dominant driving during the 70-lap race to claim the first prize at the Canadian Grand Prix. He saw off threats from Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton who rounded up the top three at the Montreal race


PRESS RELEASE

PAUL’S SPECIAL RAMADAN MENU OFFERS A FRENCH TWIST ON TRADITION

SPLASH ANNOUNCES THE WINNER OF THE BMW 520i PROMOTION IN BAHRAIN

Get ready for a deliciously inventive Iftar menu bursting with traditional flavours and a decidedly French touch at PAUL Bakery & Restaurant this Ramadan.

In a run up to the 20 years celebrations, high-street fashion retailer Splash officially announced the winner, Mr Jassim Sultan Alsendi (winning ticket number 08151), of their much talked about ‘BMW Promotion’. The ceremony was held on May 30th at Centrepoint, Bahrain City Centre amidst much cheering from the large crowd that gathered. The winner was announced by Mr. Yasser Ali from the Ministry of Industry and Commerce along with the Splash officials. The winner is confirmed to be only 8 months old and his parents spent a BD50 at Splash Oasis Centre Muharraq.

Break your fast with some dates and jellab or a fizzy apple drink before making your way through the tempting menu on offer. From a choice of a delicately spiced Tomato and Cumin soup or an authentic Lentil Soup, to a selection of summer salads such as Watermelon, Blue Cheese and Rocca or Chicken Couscous Salad, the light and flavoursome appetizers are the perfect introduction to the wholesome dishes that follow.

HILL+KNOWLTON STRATEGIES WINS EMEA GOLD SABRE AWARD FOR LAUNCH OF SKY NEWS ARABIA Thought provoking, conversation led integrated campaign engaged Arab youth and rolled out across the Middle East by Abu Dhabi based team Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K Strategies), a leading international communications consultancy, has won the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) gold SABRE award in the multicultural marketing category for its campaign to launch Sky News Arabia. Sconaid McGeachin, president & CEO India, Middle East, Africa & Turkey of H+K Strategies, commented: “Insightful strategy, rigorous planning, a strong regional network and seamless execution were fundamental to deliver a campaign worthy of winning a prestigious gold Sabre award.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD SPONSORS THE UNITED NATIONS PUBLIC SERVICE DAY Kamal bin Ahmed: the event reflects Bahrain’s reputable position internationally

LG Smart Cinema 3D launch

LG launched its Smart 3D Cinema TV in an event at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa. It was attended by the management of LG, invited guests and members of the media.

The Economic Development Board (EDB) announced today it is sponsoring the United Nation’s Public Service Day 2013, which will be hosted in Bahrain from the 24th to 27th July. The international event is being organized by the United Nation’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the E-Government Authority of Bahrain under the Royal patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, and is expected to attract a large participation of very high level dignitaries, policy makers, world leaders, NGOs, academics, Not-For-Profit organizations and the private sector. The organizing committee earlier this week announced that over 600 participants from 94 countries have so far registered in the event. July 2013 •

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RAMADAN RISING AT EMIRATES PALACE Largest Ramadan pavilion in the UAE set to showcase the best of Emirati
hospitality. Ramadan is fast approaching and a palatial Ramadan
pavilion is under construction at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. The custom
built pavilion sits on hundreds of square metres, overlooking the beach on
one side and stunning façade of the hotel on the other, and will incorporate
the existing 12- metre-high palm trees and grand fountain of the palace
terrace.

Emirates Palace, the icon of Emirati hospitality in the UAE, has partnered
with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) and Wahat Al Zawiya to create a
special Ramadan experience for residents and guests in what will be the
largest purpose built Ramadan structure in Abu Dhabi. The elegant design of the Ramadan pavilion will incorporate the signature gold and traditional Mashribiya details of Emirates Palace in a light and airy space. Comfortable seating spread throughout the pavilion will create cosy enclaves to enjoy time with friends and family throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan.

ARAB-GERMAN TASTE OF FASHION WITH BUSINESS FORUM ENDS, ANMAR COUTURE NETWORKING SEEN Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City VALUABLE Centre and Bahrain City Centre had the In a speech during the 16th Arab German Business Forum in Berlin, German Foreign Minister Guido
Westerwelle said that more investment and procedural facilitations are needed for stronger German-Arab economic relations.

Bahrain sponsored this year forum, which was attended by a business delegation from the Kingdom led by the Economic Development Board (EDB) and the
Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI). HE Kamal bin Ahmed, the Minister of Transportation and Acting Chief Executive of the EDB received an honorary
award for the role Bahrain played in organising the event which was attended by more than 500 Arab and German businesspeople.
Westerwelle said that it is the time for Germany to look into its policies for issuing visas for Arab investors and impose a modern visa policy that
is guided by the “spirit of openness”.
“It is not only for your interest. It is also for our interest.
The previous years have seen important economic developments in the Arab world,” he added.


pleasure of hosting renowned Bahrainbased design house Anmar Couture, at their most recent ‘Taste of Fashion’ event. Guests experienced an intimate yet lively fashion show led by four glamorous models showcasing the exquisite designs by Adeeba Al-Khan, in a morning of fashion and breakfast.

Anmar Couture’s collection is a tribute to modern Arabic fashion, and the event offered the guests a personal experience to mingle with the designer and discover some of the latest trends of the season. Having established Anmar Couture in 1999, Adeeba has since built her brand as a destination offering an elegant range of evening dresses, gowns, jalabeyas and wedding dresses for the modern woman in Bahrain. With a personalised approach to fashion, Adeeba showcased some of her signature pieces to guests providing inspiration for new fashion ideas and styles.

ROTANA RECRUITS 21 BAHRAINIS VIA ITS DUROOB PROGRAMME Majestic Arjaan by Rotana, the newly opened property in the Kingdom of Bahrain, has reached over 20 percent Bahrainization since its launch. The level of Bahrainization has been achieved by Majestic Arjaan by Rotana with the strategic implementation of a dedicated regional platform rolled out by Rotana, the leading hotel management company in the Middle East and Africa, throughout its various operations. The Duroob programme is a platform that provides all GCC nationals an opportunity to showcase their talents by securing full 96 •

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time and part time jobs in their respective countries. Majestic Arjaan by Rotana currently employs 108 individuals, 21 of them being Bahraini nationals, all working in different departments offered at the hotel including engineering, security, finance, front office, and food & beverage. With the hotel’s present actual manning, Majestic Arjaan by Rotana is 4% above the Bahrainization requirements of the government, and its target is to have at least 25% of Bahraini citizens on board, adding that extra touch of authentic local hospitality.


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CATERER MIDDLE EAST AWARDS 2013 FOR BUSHIDO From over 250 nominations, Bushido proudly became the only restaurant in Bahrain (and the only restaurant outside the UAE!) to be shortlisted for Restaurant Team of the Year in the fifth annual Caterer Middle East Awards 2013. The prestigious award, presented by ITP Publishing Group, recognises a variety of culinary professionals, outlets and companies across the entire Gulf region and Bushido are subsequently very proud to have represented Bahrain against the crème-dela-crème of the entire Middle East. Having earned the recognition of “Highly Commended” (First Runner-up) in the same award last year, and after winning FACT magazine’s “Favourite Restaurant in Bahrain 2012”, the pressure was higher than ever before. This year competition was intensely fierce, particularly considering the exponential growth of the food and beverage industry across the region (most notably in Dubai and Abu-Dhabi); yet Bushido stood proudly within the last five, battling the likes of Hakkasan, Abu-Dhabi (a global brand originating from London) and last year’s winners Okku, Dubai.

OPTIMUM CHILLERS AND FREEZERS TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS First Motors, the exclusive dealers of Hyundai in the Kingdom of Bahrain, in collaboration with CGS Al Saadi Refrigeration Air Conditioning (CGS Bahrain) now provides customers with optimum Chillers and Freezers Transportation Solutions to suit their requirements As per an understanding between the two companies, CGS Bahrain will fix chillers or freezers on Hyundai HD65 and HD120 trucks purchased by First Motors’ clients if they request for the same to be installed on the vehicles for food and dairy transportation purposes. First Motors has always been the front runner in meeting customer demands and expanding its network to provide an array of solutions to its clients for a number of transportation needs. This endeavor is yet another step forward in its stride towards strengthening relationships with corporate clients as well as partnering organizations on a number of business ventures. As part of Al Zayani Investments group, First Motors is fully committed to demonstrating to the Bahrain market that Hyundai is the brand that represents unique value for money without compromise.

KEMPINSKI BAHRAIN AWARDS WINNER OF RAMADAN RECIPE CONTEST Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre Awards Winner of Its Ramadan Recipe Contest at Cook-Off Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre awarded Naima Al Hajeri, the master chef of “Pastilla with Chicken and Almonds”, as the winner of its Ramadan Recipe Contest at a competitive and exciting cookoff in the main kitchens of Kempinski on June 23rd. To capture the spirit of sharing and feasting in the Holy Month of Ramadan, Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre invited all creative individuals with a hidden or outspoken talent for the culinary arts, from self-proclaimed chefs to seasoned professionals around the island, to send in their favourite Ramadan-inspired recipes to a Recipe Contest in June. Within a few days, recipes from all around the island came pouring in, and submissions included everything from starters, to main courses and desserts, and traditional Ramadan dishes as well as innovative interpretations with unique ingredients.

THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD ISSUES WHITE PAPER ON WOMEN’S ROLE IN BAHRAIN’S ECONOMY The Economic Development Board (EDB) issued a research paper, titled “The Role of Bahraini Women
in the Economy”, which provides detailed statistics on women’s participation in the workforce, recruitment into the private sector, unemployment
among women, female entrepreneurship, education and related legislation.

The report also highlighted programmes run by Tamkeen as well as the different aspects of social life in the Kingdom, anticipating an increase in
women’s participation in the economy by 5 percent to reach 45.6% in 2020 from its current level.

The paper also indicated that the number of women joining the private sector has increased by 73.5% in 2010 to more than 25,000 as compared to 2002.

This increment is higher than the rate of women recruitment in the public sector which stood at 45%. Despite all efforts being made to increase
women’s participation in the private sector, women still represent only 5-6% of the overall work force in this sector.
However, the difference between the average wage for men and women in
the private sector still stands at 30%, in contrast to the public sector where women receive on average 10% higher wages than men.

Sectors such as education and health are still considered the preferred sectors for women to work in, even though the number of women working in the
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LAST NOTE

Realisations

by Urmi

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” ― Albert Einstein

What does reality mean? Is it merely the state of all phenomena as they are? Or is it a choice? Our definition of reality flickers like a candle in a rainstorm. What may be held with utmost belief as real now may not be so a moment or two later, for with each passing moment we are subjected to new experiences, resulting in newer beliefs and an altered perception. Just as we have our own lives, our own experiences and attitudes towards them, its only right to say that each of us have our own realities. And regardless of how shaped this image is by exterior forces, be it your past or your current experiences, reality lies in the palm of your hands. Literally, thanks to the concept of augmented reality. The reason why we fell in love with computer animation was because it provided an easy tool to change our perceptions. Animation allowed us to defy physics, alter time and space, and create worlds of indefinable beauty. And the child within us had always wishes to co-exist with such a world: a limitless world devoid of mental or physical restrictions. Consider augmented reality a gateway between these worlds. To augment means to project, or to amplify. AR allows its user to layer computer generated graphics onto real life objects in real time. Simply put, it blurs the line between your perception of reality and 3D graphics. What makes AR the next big thing in the world of media and advertisement is the simple fact that it allows you to change your definition of reality to whatever you wish to change it to; be it exploring your dream car interiors through a magazine, or watching your favourite singer sing through the pages of a newspaper. Nothing grabs the attention of a fellow human being more than giving him an experience unique only to himself, and giving him an option to alter his reality to something he has never seen or experienced before. In conclusion, I’d say that AR is the manifestation of how the human mind really works. You see only what you choose to see. Like happiness and sorrow, reality is but a choice. The question is, which one would you choose to live today? 98 •

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Sabaya Magazine July 2013