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Vol II 1st Quarter Issue 2017


Tree of Life

Desert Dawning

Spotlight Concierge Gastronomy Island Buzz

Publisher: Rowena Mariano AlMusawi Managing Editor: Leila Jaravata Dulay Copy Editor: Melissa Williamson Sales & Marketing: MPR

PO Box 10801 Tel No.: +973 1774 2011 Fax No.: +973 1774 2044 ISSN 2719-2469

Office Manager: Rhoda Mariano Design Concept: Omran Media Sales: Arlene Rosos Dias Marketing: MPR Contributor: Chris Adarve Our cover shows the Island’s famous Tree of Life, which is a fitting symbol for the winter camp sites that have moved nearby this year.

Disclaimer The copyright in all contents of this tourism guide is owned by MPR. All related content are provided for general information purposes either by immediate companies or third party contributors. Any errors or correction email us to All information is valid for a full quarter or three months period. Published and Printed in accordance with Bahrain Law.

Publisher’s Note

The New Year is a time to reboot your life - to make resolutions (and stick to them!), to make more time for others and to pamper ourselves. How about a mini vacation to kick start your pampering? Even if the holiday season has drained your savings, our staycation feature won’t break the bank. Read all about our long weekends in some of Bahrain’s best resorts. No - flights, packing or long queues - our options will provide you with truly relaxing destinations that are (almost) next door.

Rowena Mariano AlMusawi Publisher

An upside to all this winter weather is what compliments it so well - good food! How about a traditional Bahraini Machboos prepared by the Kingdom’s best expat chefs - all for the first time and with their unique spin on the dish. Our gastronomy feature will highlight French, Greek, Italian, Japanese and Uruguayan culinary experts presenting the Machboos with their home country ingredients and techniques. Marhaba fil Bahrain’s Outbound feature highlights magical Bali and Yogyakarta where our very own Editor -at-large was lucky enough to be a part of the Embassy of Indonesia’s familiarization trip - a truly wonderful destination. Plus, our Nation Carrier Gulf Air has launched direct flights to the ‘Pearl of Indian Ocean”’ Sri Lanka check out what’s on offer in this incredible country. The first quarter of 2017 brings us our beloved Spring of Culture, where we get to enjoy talents from all over the world including numerous cultural events and festivities. However, petrol heads will also be getting excited as the build up to April’s F1 kick off check out our brief history of the F1 from its Bahrain beginnings to the present day. Camping in Sakhir offers numerous side activities such as karting, off-roading and indoor. And let’s not forget the Sakhir is where the first oil well was drilled, changing Bahrain’s future in so many ways. Lastly, don’t miss our gift guide if you have friends celebrating Chinese New Year in January, the year of the Rooster. Marhaba 2017!






Chef Challenge



14 Sun, Sand & Adrenaline


10 things you should avoid 46 as gift for Chinese New Year

28 Keeper of the Key

Fashion 16 Just Cavalli | Corneliani

Spotlight 29 The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel Bahrain - Executive Assistant Manager

48 Heavenly Bali – and beyond 50 Colombo

I Love Bahrain




26 Abbas Almosawi

Island Buzz

Home Away From Home

Recap of Formula One podiums from 2004 -2016



THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX BEGINS WITH THINKING OUTSIDE THE OFFICE Whether you're looking for an exciting day at the track with your team or want to build the dynamic of your next conference, we have special corporate packages tailored to suit every occasion. Hire our world-class circuit and get your adrenaline pumping at your next corporate event. Or combine business with pleasure and experience bespoke hospitality by renting our state-of-the-art facilities. To book your next corporate event, call 1745 1086/

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Modern Bedouin Settlements


I tend to have a horror of the word ‘camping’, with visions of muddy floors, freezing cold tents and horrible meals. But camping, or should I say ‘glamping’ (glamorous camping) in Bahrain’s desert area of Sakhir is a totally different adventure. Here you’ll find huge tents, complete with air conditioning, kitchens, TV’s, awesome sound systems – and very importantly, modern toilet facilities. Add to that a roaring fire and wonderful local food, and you have a winner!

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Photo Credits to Breeze Camp For rental inquiry call Mr. Mohammad Moosa Kawosh +973 3514 3581 11

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Let’s face it, Bahrainis have been camping for generations – all the way back to their Bedouin forefathers. It’s wonderful that even with today’s busy, urban lifestyle desert camping is still very much practiced – in fact, it’s thriving. Tents are packed with family and friends and there’s even a commercialized aspect – with tents available to rent for those who want to escape city life. Some tents are part concrete to keep out the wind, sand and rains of winter. And there are often ‘double roofs’, which make for a dry ceiling, whether from rain or humidity. This year ‘Tent City’ (tents as far as the eye can see), is located near the famous Tree of Life, with a stunning background of limestone hills. And community patrols are there to ensure that your camping experience is peaceful and orderly. Campers can even find ‘camp’ restaurants that offer anything from Khuboos (Arabic bread), grills, Karak and Gawa (traditional tea and coffee). Add a mobile cold store into the mix and you’re all set. Companies have also realized the popularity and organize tents for their employees or organizing team building getaways. Party organisers rent big camp sites and throw desert nights out. Rent depends on the size and amenities offered at the campsite, averagely rent start from BD80/day on the weekends and BD40 on weekdays. Included will be toilet facilities, generator and wood for the fire. Rent depend on the size and amenities cost can be BD 100 on weekends and BD 200 on weekdays this is like 4 tents in the camp two toilets, generator to supply electricity and woods for the camp fire. Luxurious campsites can include up to 4 huge tents, sleeping facilities and professional kitchen facilities. Also available are experiences like falcon handling, camel rides, belly dancers, dune buggy adventures – and more.


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Sun, Sand & Adrenaline Wildlife Safari The Al Areen Wildlife Park houses a wide variety of flora and fauna. Access to the park is via bus from the main entrance; the bus takes groups along a tarred road and visitors can get good views of a variety of Arabian mammals. There are also some African animals which remain from the initial establishment of the park. Near to the administrative building is a walkway, which gives close views of various species of birds and animals. Tel.: +973 17836116 Timings: open every day 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Golf Royal Golf Club - People of all ages can enhance their lives through the wonderful and fun sport of golf. The Royal Golf Club’s two golf courses offer something for golfers of all abilities. The Montgomerie-designed Championship course will be a challenging option for even the most seasoned golfer but will also appeal to the less experienced as there are plenty of holes giving risk/reward opportunities for those daring enough to take them. The par 3 Wee Monty course provides a gentle introduction to the sport for beginners but, like the Championship course, offers more demanding options to the more experienced. For further information please call +973 17750777 14


Karting Karting is the purest form of motor racing, and it is here that many of history’s legendary talents harnessed their skills before stepping up onto the ladder of greatness. Formula 1 Champions have started out in go-karts, and you too can follow in their footsteps at Bahrain International Karting Circuit (BIKC) in Sakhir. BIKC, operated by Bahrain International Circuit, offers the best karting facilities in the Middle East and the most exciting racetrack for all motorsport enthusiasts. Visitors can choose from a wide range of activities to enjoy, including driver training programs and a Formula One-inspired Mini Grand Prix. For detail call +973 1745 0000

Horse Riding Aside from being a well-liked hobby, horse riding in Bahrain has further developed into a very popular sport. Several clubs in the Island offer lessons. Efficient and highly experienced teams run a large variety of lessons most days of the week. Alternatively, visitors can enjoy some good local hacking through beautiful palm gardens or gallop by the sea-side. For further information please call the Stables Office on +973 17693766

Gravity GRAVITY INDOOR SKYDIVING is the Kingdom’s first and only Indoor Skydiving facility. For those wanting to experience human bodyflight without the need to jump out of a plane or wear a parachute, Gravity Indoor Skydiving is located just south of Bahrain International Circuit in Zallaq. At 12m of tempered glass, Gravity Indoor Skydiving is also the tallest glass wind tunnel in the world. All visitors have the opportunity to “fly” in this unique and safe environment. For opening times, booking and to view all pacgaes please visit the website or call on +973 13 10 00 00 15


Available at Corneliani Boutique Moda Mall Manama

His Excellency Domenico Bellato Italian ambassador to Bahrain:

Alpha Atelier home for Brioni. Loro Piana, Borelli, Fratelli Rosetti reminded His Excellency the true Italian lifestyle. HE Ambassador Bellato who recently moved to Bahrain easily recognized the texture and finesse creations along with the brand names, in a short while, His Excellency went on a time travel to the fashion alley in Milan and with a smile said “it is an amazing visit and I am so happy to see Italian top product, fashion, design and the very Italian creativity are present in Bahrain in a well know venue and luxurious store – Alpha Atelier” 16


STAYCATION With the rising cost of holidays abroad, staycations are a wonderful option for you and your family. Forget about expensive flights, airport hassles, long queues for visas and dodgy food. With a staycation, all you have to do is take a short drive - and with Marhaba fil Bahrain’s options, you’ll find the best Bahrain has to offer.

Al Areen Palace & Spa

ART Rotana

Building No.2046, Road No.6232, Block No.1062, Hawrat Ingah, Sakhir 26°01’12.1”N 50°30’45.0”E

Al Fanar Avenue, Building 2780, Road 5722, Amwaj Islands 26°17’25.0”N 50°39’36.5”E

Al Bander Resort & Hotel


Umm Al Saad Venue, Sitra 26°06’54.5”N 50°38’04.2”E

105 Zallaq Highway,Building 2015, Block 1055, Zallaq, Manama 555 26°03’11.6”N 50°29’04.3”E



Al Areen Palace & Spa 5 Star Resort Hotel

Managed by

Year opened

Gulf Finance House

2006 With its design inspired by the gardens of the Royal Arabian Palaces, Al Areen Palace and Spa is located in the southwest part of the Kingdom of Bahrain, surrounded by desert, a tranquil oasis away from the working week. The façade of the hotel reminds us of the famous Middle Eastern architecture - with evident attention to colors and shapes. The lobby is glorious - the warm shades and patterns made us feel at home in an instant. The concierges were very friendly and offered us welcoming smiles. Following a seamless check in, the eager-to-help staff drove us to our villa. The Royal Villa is one of the main attractions of Al Areen; it has two extremely spacious bedrooms, beautifully designed, with a direct flow to the pool area. There is a separate kitchen and receiving area. The villa’s ambiance will definitely give you that sense of serenity that we all deserve after a long week in the city. However, for those of you still eager to connect to the outside world – the wifi speed is fantastic. With tranquility paramount, Al Areen Palace offers the best and most luxurious spa treatments on the Island – from a relaxing massage by their professionally trained masseuse to a wide variety of body treatments for both men and women, indoor and outdoor temperature controlled swimming pools, an



incredible hydrotherapy suite and a fully equipped gym. Food was scrumptious - from Asian/ Fusion, Italian, Indian and Middle Eastern Cuisines provided by four different Restaurants: Keizo, Rimal, Saffron and Roti Boti. Plus the option of in-villa dining for those of you not wishing to leave the luxury of your home-away-from-home. Our experience with Al Areen Palace and Spa was simply astounding. All the staff are friendly and willing to assist us in any way possible; the management made sure that our stay was as comfortable as possible. We would highly recommend Al Areen Palace and Spa to our friends, family and other travelers.

78 Luxury Appointed Villa 56 One bedroom Desert Pool Villas (400 sq. meter) 22 Two bedroom Royal Pool Villas (749 sq meter) 10,000 sq. meter SPA & Hydrotherapy area Heated indoor and outdoor pool

Keizo Restaurant

Situated in a grandiose man-made island lagoon; the restaurant and its private island gazebos offer a spectacular dining experience, ideal to celebrate special occasion.

Pad Thai Goong (Signature Dish) Savour the very best of Japanese, Chinese and Thai fine dining with a creative flair of rich Far-Eastern flavours.


Lost Paradise Water Park Al Areen Wild Life Bahrain International Circuit Tree of Life Royal Gulf Club 19


Al Bander Resort & Hotel 4 Star Resort Hotel

Managed by

Year opened

Brothers Group

March 1988 Sitra’s Secluded Surprise Want a holiday, but not looking forward to the packing/flights/ expense? Then a staycation is just what you need – and you can’t do better than Al Bander Hotel and Resort. Tucked away at the tip of Sitra, you’ll have a hard time believing you’re only 40 minutes from your front door. Excellent service starts with the reception staff – check in is friendly, professional and quick. You have options from cabana (studio room) or chalet (1/2/3 bedroom, or luxury with own swimming pool). I stayed in the 2 bedroom chalet and it was excellent – clean, bright rooms, very comfortable beds and all the amenities you need for a long weekend. The rooms face either the sea or the boats berthed at the Resort and it is wonderful to hear the waves as you drift off to sleep. The grounds are beautifully maintained, with mature palm trees and wonderfully tended gardens. Parking is plenty throughout the resort. There are several options when you get peckish – either Café Marisol with buffet or a la carte choices and a glorious terrace; The Boatyard Bar with great views over the marina with bowling/pool facilities downstairs; or room service if you’re just too lazy to leave the chalet. But if you really want to treat yourself, head off to



The Fish Market Restaurant – with food so good it’s known throughout the Island and service to match, two things that bring you back again and again. There is plenty to keep you occupied at Al Bander. You can laze by the poolside (loving the oversized chairs and poolside bar!), swim or paddleboat in the lagoon, have a game of tennis or get your adrenaline pumping with the Banana or Doughnut boat rides. Then there’s the Sanctuary Health Club – boasting a gym fitted with every machine you could want as well as a great aerobics studio (ladies and gents have different timings). Afterwards you can relax with an incredible massage – I had the Swedish massage and it was very, very good (look out for the spa special deals…). Have kids. . . not to worry – while you’re off toning up or chilling out, the kids can be dropped off at the Junior Kids Club where they can enjoy outdoor playground, clubhouse as well as an arts and crafts area or IT zone. If the weather’s fine there are afternoon outdoor movies – fun for kids and kids-at-heart! Al Bander Hotel and Resort offers a membership scheme deals on accommodation dining. So why not extend staycation to every weekend?

also with and your

44 Chalets (1/2/3/ bed duplex plus and luxury deluxe) 36 Cabanas 3 Restaurants

Heated Outdoor pool Bowling Alley & Kids Club Marina

Fish Market Restaurant

Boasting an extensive selection of impeccably fresh fish, lobsters, crabs and prawns from the Arabian Sea, to be cooked on your option. Enjoy Al Bander bay while you wait.


The Al Bander Marina is respected as one of the finest and houses a number of elite yachts, handled with care by expert marina team.


Bahrain Yatch Club Al Fateh Mosque Bahrain National Museum 21


ART Rotana 5 Star Resort Hotel

Managed by

Rotana Hotel Management PJSC

Year opened

December 2014 Do you want a holiday where you can escape your hectic work schedule and pamper yourself – but don’t want to break the bank? Why not try a staycation – and we’ve got just the resort. ART Rotana is located on Amwaj Island – and with 311 luxurious rooms and suites, all ocean front facing, it has a lot to offer. This is a haven for couples and families who appreciate the finer things in life. Our arrival highlighted the warm welcome that ART Rotana is known for – with staff being professional, knowledgeable, approachable and very friendly. A welcoming snack of Arabic coffee and dates reminded us of the traditional hospitality of the Bahraini people –a great mix of home comforts and luxurious surroundings. The tastefully decorated room offered a mesmerising sea view, immediately putting you in a relaxed, holiday mood. And the bed was very comfortable – an essential when looking for a good night’s sleep. Easy to fall asleep and difficult to get up in the morning, a true mark of comfort. But if you can’t tear yourself away from your bed – there’s always room service. We did manage to head down to dinner – and you’re really spoiled



for choice when it comes to dining options. There’s Wu (an Asian restaurant with amazing sushi), Flames (if you’re after steak or seafood, this is the place to head to), Rosso (Saturday Brunch with freshly baked pizza, anyone?) and Choices (international cuisine). Not to mention two lounges that offer bar snacks. We found the restaurant staff to be attentive but not intrusive, a great combination. Our meals were very good and highly recommended. From check in to check out, our entire experience was a perfect mini-vacation. I’m a stickler for good customer service, and every ART Rotana staff member exceeded my expectations.A great big thumbs up for Art Rotana.

311 Luxurious Classic Rooms (40 sqm. area) 24 Premium Suites from (40 sqm. area) 1 Amwaj Suite (247 sqm. area) 1 Royal Suites (373 sqm. area) 8 International dining outlets 3 Temperature controlled swimming pools Beach Club Private Island


Authentic Italian restaurant, where you can enjoy a wide selection of traditional Italian starters, professionally prepared hand stretched pizzas match with a perfect ambiance.

Flipper’s Kids Club

Perfect place for kids to enjoy with variety of options from water park to indoor games plus movie time.


Seef Mall Muharraq Bird Kingdom Dragon Mall Bahrain International Airport The Lagoon Entertainment District 23


Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa 5 Star Resort Hotel

Managed by

French Luxury Hotel Brand with Accor hotels

Year opened

February 2011

“Life is Magnifique in Bahrain” Relax, rejuvenate and revitalize with a flight free holiday option – whether you’re single, a couple or a family, a short ‘staycation’ in Bahrain can be just what’s needed. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa certainly lives up to the brand’s reputation for excellence – starting with valet parking and a priority check in at the Club Lounge, Club Millesime. If there is a short waiting period, you’re welcome to help yourself to the lounge’s snacks and beverages. A palace-like exterior, wonderful chandeliers and interior décor made for a marvelous welcome. The room had a lovely fruit basket and a gorgeous view over the garden, pools and beach. The king-sized bed was incredibly comfortable, and the bathrooms were beautifully designed and well-kitted out with everything you need. Extremely, spoilt when it came to dining – choices were: Pashawat (Lebanese), Wok (Vietnamese), La Mer (Seafood), Fiamma (Italian) and Saraya (International Buffet). Pashawat offers wonderfully authentic Lebanese cuisine, with live 24


music and a belly dancer to entertain you. Friday was obviously brunch day, and the huge choice of food available was incredible – a true feast. As food lover, we did manage to try out Fiamma for dinner– where the very talented Italian chef ensures your meal is absolutely divine. Before check out, we went down to the Thalassa Spa for a pampering session, where I found a new level of relaxation and seriously thought about extending my stay, so I could try out some more spa offerings. After that a long walk on the beach was the perfect end to my short stay. Service throughout, from reception and concierge, to the restaurant staff (a special mention to Joy Cueva who made our Saraya dining experience unforgettable) - was exceptional, smiling faces, willing to help and very knowledgeable. So who needs to get on a plane, when this little bit of heaven is tucked away just 30 minutes from Manama - but a world away when it comes to facilities, service and food. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa gets a 10 out of 10 from us. And do check their website as they have special packages for locals and expats resident in Bahrain – now there’s no excuse not to book your staycation!

262 De Luxe Rooms 21 Prestige Suite 6 Opera Suites 9 International Restaurant outlets Thalassa Sea & Spa complex covers 2,000 sqm.

Thalassa Therapy Spa

The complex features 14 treatment rooms combining seawater hydrotherapy, massages and Wellness programmes.

Club Millesime

Offers 24 hours’ service. Business Centre and priority check in waiting area with lounge snacks and beverages.


Bahrain International Circuit Gravity Indoor Skydiving The Lost Paradise Water Park Al Areen Wild Life nature reserve 25


Abbas Almosawi Location: Villa 577 Road 4720 Block 547 P.O. Box 20319, Al Qurrayah, Kingdom Of Bahrain Mobile: +973 39448486 Email: Web:


Abbas Almosawi has been a professional artist for more than forty years and learned his craft under the talented Bahraini artist, Dr. Ahmed Baqer. As a student Abbas was attracted to the impressionist style of Sabry Ragheb, whom he considers to this day to be the prince of painters. He founded the Art & Peace Project in 1991.

Abbas Almosawi has long been a much-loved Bahraini avant-garde and is now recognized as one of the Middle East’s most renowned artists. His art form is mostly impressionistic, depicting Bahrain’s stories and is a play between nature and the surrounding environment. As a man true to his roots, Abbas adds traditional flavour to his art. He dreams of a house of peace in each country around the world.


The sources for Abbas’s work were derived principally from the old Manama Market, Manama’s suburbs and surrounding villages. Given the irreversible changes of the urban and rural landscape, his paintings provide the viewer with a vital bridge to the past.

Selected Awards and Prizes:

2009 - First Degree Competency Award from H. M. King of Bahrain 2003 - Malwan Award, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Jeddah 1990 - Al Danah Award, National Day Exhibition, Kuwait 1984 - First Prize, Competition for Centennial Stamp Series, Bahrain Postal Services 1978 - First Prize, Dilmun Prize, Annual Exhibition, Ministry of Information, Bahrain 1977 - First Prize, Gulf Air Competition for Shareholding Countries 26




KEEPER of the

Anyone can tell you where to go or what to do in Bahrain, but it takes a concierge to give you those insider secrets that lets you experience Bahrain in a way you’d never have imagined


By: Khalil Al Yaman Chef Concierge

Mark D. Nadonza (Chief Concierge) The Ritz- Carlton Bahrain Why did you choose to be a concierge? I’m a ‘people person’, I love to help others and provide the best possible customer care; it really is my passion and I’m honoured to work at The RitzCarlton, Bahrain. I love Bahrain and it is a wonderful experience to work here, getting to know the people, the streets and all the events taking place.

Sayed Mahmood Crown Plaza What is your most unforgettable experience with a guest? A negative one unfortunately, but one from which I learnt a big lesson. Years ago there were two sisters staying together. One sister came to the concierge desk and asked for the car, saying she’d left the tag in her room. We provided the car to her but some time later the second sister came to the concierge desk, handed over the tag and asked for the tag. When we explained that we’d given the car to her sister, she was rightly very angry and asked how we could do this without the tag. I now follow procedures very carefully, knowing they are there for the guest’s safety and security.


Did you have a chance to make a guest smile and why? One guest forgot her credit car and license in the rental car at the airport, only realizing this when she checked into the hotel. We very quickly called the rental car agency to ask them to keep the items safe, then drove our guest to the airport to collect them. She was overjoyed and since then has been a loyal guest, always arriving with a smile on her face.

How do you calm down a disappointed guest? I take the time to listen to them with my full attention, using empathy and the correct facial and body language. I always use the guest’s name and provide a personalized and sincere apology where necessary.


The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel Bahrain

Executive Assistant Manager The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Bahrain has appointed Petr Dubsky as the Executive Assistant Manager. Petr, a Czech national, has gained extensive experience in the hospitality industry since starting his career in 2008 with The Rezidor Hotel Group as Bar Manager. He then moved on as Restaurant Manager at Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Dublin, Ireland. Petr has also gained experience during pre-opening of two Radisson Blu Hotels, in Poland and Nigeria and then as part of the core pre-opening team for Radisson Blu Hotel Batumi, Georgia. Two years later, Petr was appointed as Food & Beverage Manager at The Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel Tbilisi, Georgia. Most recently, Petr was Director of Food & Drink at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa. He will remain in charge of Food & Drink in addition to his new responsibilities as Executive Assistant Manager. Panos Panagis, General Manager at the Radisson Blu Hotel Bahrain, said “Petr is a strong contender to join the Carlson Rezidor Mentor Mentee Program within the near future�. Petr studied at Cornell University, earning a Master Certificate in Hospitality Management and speaks Czech, English & Russian.

For subscription contact MPR office +973 17742011 29



David Miras Nationality: French Cuisine: Multicultural with French emphasis Present Employment: Executive Chef at Crowne Plaza Bahrain

CHICKEN MACHBOOS Good for 4 guests Ingredients for French Onion Soup • 700 grams White Onions • 4 pcs Cloves • 5 grams Pepper Corn • 4 leaves Bay Leaves • 1.5 L Chicken Stock Ingredients for Machboos • 400 grams Basmati rice • 1 L French Onion Soup • 700 grams “Label Rouge” Chicken. • 15 grams Machboos Spices • 4tbsp olive oil Procedure for the French Onion Soup 1. Stir-fry the onions until dark brown. 2. Add all other ingredient of the soup & simmer for five hours then let it rest off the heat for another hour.


Final procedure 1. Quarter the raw chicken then sear its skin on all sides until golden brown. 2. Remove the chicken from the oven proof pot and in the same pot stir-fry the raw rice for few minutes with Olive oil and machboos spices. 3. Place the seared chicken on top of the rice, cover all the rice and chicken with the French onion soup. 4. Cover the pot with a lid then slide the dish in the oven at 160C and bake until all the liquid has been absorbed. 5. Once the rice is cooked, place on the serving plate and arrange with the cooked chicken. 6. Garnish creatively.

Chef Notes The merging of cultures in cooking requires technique, presentation skills and true flavours - it is this that inspired me to take part in Marhaba fil Bahrain’s gastronomy challenge. I was able to use fresh ‘Label Rouge’ farmed chickens from France, combining that with my years in the region and blending French ingredients into a traditional Bahraini dish, that was a great experience. Also learning that roasted onions were one of the base ingredients meant that I could link the flavours, using a great French favourite – The Onion Soup. Many thanks must go to my team and the hotel’s management. Bon appetit!

Marhaba note:

Traditional spices were used and kept the authentic taste that blended well with the French chicken. A great result! 31



Riichiro Matsui Nationality: Japanese Cuisine: Authentic Japanese Present Employment: The Domain Hotel & Spa Name of outlet: IMARI Japanese Restaurant

CHICKEN MACHBOOS Good for 5 guests Ingredients • Chopped Spring & White Onion • Chopped Garlic, Ginger, leek • Chopped Coriander • Diced Tomato (Without Skin & Seed) • Diced Fried Bean curd • Shimeji mushroom • Japanese 7 kind of spices • Fried Egg • Fried cherry tomato Sauce • Japanese Dried Bonito & Dried Seaweed Stock • Japanese Soya sauce • Japanese Sweet Mirin sauce • Miso paste • Chicken leg (With Bone) • Basmati Rice • Olive Oil (For Saute) 32

Preparation Method 1. Grill the chicken leg on a griller 2. Wash the Basmati Rice and steep in the water for 30 min. 3. Saute the Vegetables (1-7, 9) with olive oil. 4. Put the basmati rice, chicken and Japanese sauce into a pot, voer and cook on medium heat for 12 minutes. 5. Turn off the heat and let it rest for 10 minutes. 6. Transfer to the plate and put 8-12 pieces of chicken on top of the rice. 7. Garnish with deep fried boiled eggs and coriander

Chef Notes I accepted the challenge as I had never been asked to cook a traditional dish from the countries I had worked in, and I found it very interesting. I have learned my culinary skills from family, passed down through the generations so once I found out what dish I’d be cooking, I must admit to doing further research online as I needed to know more about Machboos. I found that we have a similar dish in Japan which we call TAKIKOMI-GOHAN. Both dishes share the use of rice as the main ingredient but Bahraini cooking uses oil, whereas in Japanese cuisine, oil is rarely used. In the ingredients list all spices were traditionally followed with some added Japanese spice (SHICHIMI-TOGARASHI). The chicken was grilled in the Japanese way (ROBATA-YAKI Style). The use of soya sauce and some Japanese condiments added flavor yet kept the traditional Bahraini taste.

Marhaba note:

The finished product was wonderful, full of flavour and surprisingly light (no food coma after this meal). 33



Susy Massetti Nationality: Italian Cuisine: Italian Present Employment: The Palace Boutique Hotel, Bahrain Name of outlet: Masso

PRAWN MACHBOOS RISOTTO Good for 4 guests Time: 15 minutes for preparations 25 minutes cooking time Ingredients • 400 gr Prawns, peeled, deveined & washed • 280 gr Risotto (DO NOT wash the rice) • 30 cl Extra Virgin Olive Oil for the risotto • 30 cl Extra Virgin Olive Oil for frying the spring onions • 60 gr Butter or ghee • 50 gr Garlic • 60 gr Ginger • 1 tsp Turmeric powder • Fresh green chilies (as per personal taste) • 2 tbs Lime juice • 1 bunch Coriander, roughly chopped • 1 bunch Green onions, sliced diagonally white & green part • 3 tbs Bahraini machboos spices • 650 ml vegetable broth • Salt & pepper to taste 34

Preparation Method 1. In a food processor puree the garlic and the ginger (adding the chilies in your preferred quantity) till a smooth paste forms. 2. Place the peeled prawns in a shallow bowl and toss them with 1 tbs of spice mix, set aside. 3. Place 2 tbs of the spice mix on a non-stick or heavy bottomed stainless steel sauce pan over med-hi heat. 4. Toast the spices tossing the pan frequently until it will start smoking. 5. Remove from the heat and add olive oil, the spices will start to fry. 6. Lower the heat and add the ginger, chilies and garlic paste at once, stir well and let it cook for a minute or so until very fragrant and the paste is gold in color. 7. Add the butter and then the shrimp at once and fry tossing well for no more than 2 minutes. 8. Remove the shrimp and set it aside.

Chef Notes 9. Add the rice at once and toss until well coated with all spices but no longer than 1 minute. 10. Pour 2 cups of the stock over the rice and mix well. 11. Lower the heat to a simmering point and keep on stirring the rice and wait until the liquid is almost all absorbed before adding more. 12. Repeat until all liquid is used up and rice is ready. 13. In the meanwhile in a separate shallow pan fry the sliced spring onions until golden and crisp (4 to 6 minutes) in the remaining oil. 14. After 15 minutes of cooking the rice add the prawns and continue to cook, they will be perfectly cooked in 5 minutes. 15. It takes 20 minutes to cook the rice to an “al dente” point but feel free to cook it at you preferred point (you might have to add a bit more liquid). 16. Add the chopped coriander leaves and the lime juice and stir well. 17. Serve immediately topped with the crisp onions.

Living in Bahrain for some time has allowed me to pursue my passion, cooking good Italian food for food lovers of all nationalities. Traditional Bahraini dishes are rich in flavours; it’s a very unique experience to create a Bahraini – Italian Fusion. I used traditional and fresh spices from the local market as replacement of ready mixed paste or powdered spices and freshly caught shrimp, which is still in its season. My twist on the traditional machboos was to use Risotto rice instead of Basmati, and add some drops of fresh lemon juice.

Marhaba note:

There were some Bahraini guests at the restaurant and they were asked to try the ‘Italian Machboos’ - they gave it 5 out of 5, saying “Chef, you nailed it.” They even asked if the recipe would be added to the special menu – a definite success. 35



Thanasis Roussos Nationality: Greek Japanese Cuisine: Greek Authentic Japanese Present Employment Employment:: The HELIOS Domain Restaurant Hotel & Spa Name of outlet outlet:: HELIOS IMARI Japanese Restaurant Restaurant

SHRIMP MACHBOOS Good for 4 guests Yoghurt Put some yoghurt into a 5cm demisphere mould and refrigerate overnight. The next day, dip moulds into a bath of cold water in which 5gr of alginate has been added; keep for 3 minutes, then put into clear water and keep aside to unfreeze. This creates a thin membrane around the yoghurt. Shrimp stock • • • •

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Cut the vegetables into small pieces, put them in a pan with the shrimp shells and olive oil and saute. Deglaze with wine (optional) or water, then boil for 2 hours. Remove from the heat, drain and continue boiling until they becomes glace. 36

Mousseline of shrimps • 10 de-shelled & deveined shrimps • ¼ teaspoon of: red chili powder, tumeric powder, white pepper, garam masala, coriander powder • Sea salt • Coriander leaves • One egg white • 100 ml whipping cream • 1 piece garlic • ¼ teaspoon ginger Put the shrimps into a blender with the spices, ginger, coriander leaves and egg white. Mix together, then add the cream until firm. Refrigerate. Black lemon caramel Black lemon powder Isomalt (unsweeten sugar) 1. 2.

We put the black lemon powder with two tablespoons of isomalt on a non-stick baking mat (silpat). Bake at 180 degrees for 10 minutes. Leave to cool.

Shrimp marinade • 10 de-shelled & deveined shrimps • ¼ teaspoon: red chili powder, tumeric powder, white pepper, garam masala, coriander powder • 1 tablespoon ghee, melted • Coriander leaves • Sea salt • ¼ teaspoon ginger Put shrimps into a large bowl and rub with spices; add coriander leaves and melted ghee. Put aside at room temperature for 10 minutes. Marinated cucumber slices • 1 cucumber • Olive oil • Garlic puree Cut the cucumber thinly (the size of a match). Put in a bowl with olive oil and some garlic puree, and leave aside for 10 minutes Rice • 2 cups basmati rice • Capsicum • 1 big onion • Seasalt • 1 piece garlic • 4 cups shrimp stoke • Ghee butter • ¼ teaspoon: red chili powder, tumeric powder, white pepper, garam masala, coriander powder, ginger 1. 2. 3. 4.

Soak the rice in plentiful water for 30 minutes. In a saucepan put the choped onion, garlic, butter and rice. Saute them all together for 10 minutes on low – medium heat. Add the diced capsicum, sea salt, butter, spices and 4 cups of the shrimp stock. Leave to cook until water has evaporated; cover with clean towel.

Shrimps 10 deveined shrimp (keep shell) Ghee butter Saute the shrimps in a hot pan for 3 minutes each side, in ghee. Add shrimp stock. Setting the mousseline 1. Put the mousseline into a piping bag and cover the bottom and sides of a circular metallic mould of 4cm. 2. In the middle we put some shrimp stock and we continue with the mousseline until it is all covered. 3. Cover with a membrane and put in deep water (90 degrees) for 7 -10 minutes. To set the plate Uncover the mousseline mould. Take a bigger round mould of 10 cm and set the rise inside. Cover the mousseline with the rice. On top place the yoghurt demi sphere, cucumber slices and black lemon caramel. Set the shrimps on both sides of the rice.

Chef Notes I have been cooking for international guests for over 20 years. I believe that as a Greek chef, with Greece’s long history and roots that are strong through the generations, that there’s a very strong connection to the dishes I cook. Our food is part of our culture, it runs in our blood. Taking part in this challenge has been inspirational, allowing me to merge my authentic culinary techniques with a traditional dish of the land I have recently moved to. Great seafood is of course a common factor between Bahrain and Greece and rice is not new to me though it is less used in our cooking. The support of the team made the preparation fun and fast, making all of us feel more connected to Bahrain as we explored how best to make this dish. We of course used traditional spices and a local catch of large prawns helped me with the recipe’s hidden offering.

Marhaba Note:

Chef Thanasis said we’d find a surprise in the dish and it turned out to be delicious prawn pate nestled into the middle of the rice – absolutely delicious. 37



Cesar Daniel de Leon Country of origin: Uruguay, South America Cuisine: South American Present Employment: The Ritz Carlton, Bahrain Name of outlet: Cantina Khalo

MACHBOOS LAMB Good for 4 guests Ingredients Broth for rice: Onion, garlic, celery, leeks and carrots Ginger, green chili pepper, black lemon Cardamom, cinnamon. Cloves, bay leaves Lamb broth For the Rice; Onions, Garlic, Pepper, Tomato paste Jasmine Rice, Parsley, coriander For the Lamb: Onion, garlic, celery, carrots, mulato chili Tomato paste, bay and avocado leaves Salt and pepper For platting: Baby potato, baby carrots, chick peas, mixed greens For the home-made Baharat: Black peppercorns, cumin and coriander seeds Cinnamon stick, cloves, green cardamom seeds Paprika powder, ground nutmeg 38

Preparation Method 1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat and sear the Lamb pieces on both sides until is brown and crispy. Transfer the lamb to a plate and leave the remaining oil in the pan. 2. In this pan Sauté pan onion, celery, garlic, leeks and Carrots cook for a minute Add the ginger, green chili pepper, Black lemon, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves and add the lamb broth boil for 15 minutes, strain and use this broth to the rice 3. In a sauté pan Add the oil heat medium, and sauté onions until starting to brown, add garlics, peppers, tomato, tomato paste sauté for 2 minutes add the rice and stir to combine, add the lamb Broth (We did before) cook for another 5 minutes and add the Baharat and simmer for another 10 minutes until the rice is done and has absorbed the liquid, when the rice is ready Finish with fresh coriander and parsley and serve

Chef Notes It was a pleasure for me to cook as part of this experience, this is one reason why I came to Bahrain. I believe that this dish represents much of the personality of the people of this country -very noble yet uncomplicated, with many feelings of sharing within the family. I was very pleased to see that the spices I use in my kitchen now are very similar to the spices for this dish, something I was very pleased to know when serving the South American Machboos fusion.

4. Return the lamb pieces to the sautĂŠ pan along with onion, garlic, celery, carrots, mulato chili, tomato paste and bay leaves Add the Lamb stock and stir to combine cover with avocado leaves. Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for two hour. 5. For the sauce, reduce the stock used to cook the lamb. On the same stock, blanch the baby vegetables. Let it reduce a little bit more, until it gets a thick and nice consistency. 6. for the plating: placed the rice on the bottom of the bowl, the lamb on top with the sauce, and the baby vegetables and the greens located nicely as garnishes.

Thanks to my home kitchen Cantina Khalo, all the new technology made my preparation easy. Traditionally the lamb meat must be boiled on slow cooked to keep a texture that will melt in your mouth. The rice from the oven can be savoured with all its spices mixed in. Special sauce was the personal signature all the way from Uruguay, which sealed the lamb so as not to lose the traditional flavours. This is a cultural milestone that I will cherish.

Marhaba Note:

Ardently prepared and cooked, with flavours you can savour from the moment it is served. The presentation was sophisticated, but the taste was pure Lamb Machboos – with a slight South American twist. 39




Yannick Lobe

Nationality: American Length of stay in Bahrain: 2 years Favourite things to do: Afro-Latin dancing, going for salsa dance, clubbing hanging out with friends and playing soccer Favourite places: Coral Bay, Downtown Hamala Beach

Alan Sunders

Nationality: British Length of stay: 2 years Favourite activities: Partying & Social Networking Unforgettable Experience Being in Bahrain for 2 good years leaves an unforgettable experience, meeting lots of people with mixed cultures and different languages, I have gain a lot of friends. The food, the night life and the friendly Bahraini people, that’s what I miss!



Shafeeka Fakier

Nationality: South African Length of stay: 12 years Favourite places in Bahrain: Restored houses in Muharraq, Manama Souq, Cocos, Lumee Top 3 favourite things to do: • Boating trips with friends to Jaradah island • Breakfast at Cafe Lilou • Attend cultural programs at the theatre, cultural center and Spring of Culture events Message to people coming to Bahrain: Bahrain is a cosmopolitan cultural hot spot, immemsely different to the rest of its middle eastern neighbours. People are very welcoming and friendly toward expats and it’s an easy place to settle into. Many of us stay here for years.

Sidney Melville Lane

Nationality: English Length of stay: 3 (2009-2012) Top 3 favourite places in Bahrain: Walking through the date farms in Janabiya; Pizza at Le Chocolat; Friday Brunch at The Movenpick. Unforgettable experience: The whole 3 years were filled with unforgettable experiences. Bahrain was so different to any country I had lived in before, so I experienced wonders each day. The people were (and still are) incredibly friendly. I loved boating/fishing around the Island and trying out the local food.


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BIC launches ticket sales for 2017 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix “We have been overwhelmed by the support for the Grand Prix over the years, but it is clear that the night race has brought in a new breed of racing fan to BIC. “We urge fans to get booking quickly to avoid disappointment as our most popular grandstand tickets sell out faster and faster every year.”

Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) launched their highly anticipated ticket sales for the 2017 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. Countdown begins until the spectacular night race, which is scheduled to be the major highlight of the weekend of April 14 to 16, 2017. Tickets are being sold from December 27 with an ‘Early Bird’ discount of up to 20%. The offer is available until January 27, 2017 and it covers tickets to BIC’s Main Grandstand and Turn One Grandstand. There is also a 10% reduction on ticket prices to the Batelco Grandstand, University Grandstands and Victory Grandstands. Children aged 12 years old and younger can get their tickets half price. The Bahrain Grand Prix is the third race on the Formula 1 calendar for 2017 and will be the fourth Grand Prix hosted under the BIC’s floodlights, with the previous night races hailed 44

as the most action-packed ever seen at “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East. BIC Chief Executive Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa commented: “The 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix is right around the corner and we can already feel the anticipation of the fans across the country. We are delighted to be able to offer them early access to tickets with our ‘Early Bird’ discount.

All ticket prices offer three-day access to the Grand Prix weekend which, aside from Formula 1, will include racing from other major international and regional championships. In addition, BIC will be presenting its usual selection of family entertainment with more details announced soon.

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10 Things you should avoid giving as a Chinese New Year gift Celebrating Chinese New Year with Chinese friends can be wonderful but, when the cultural gap is large, it can be really easy to offend by give the wrong gift. Marhaba fil Bahrain’s done some research and come up with items you should definitely not be giving.

1. Sharp Objects Giving somebody a sharp object insinuates that you want to cut off your relationship with them. A common Chinese saying goes “one slash and it’s in two parts”, which means the end of a relationship. 2. The Number 4 In Chinese, the number four (sì /srr/) sounds similar to the word for death (sì). Therefore, anything with the number 4 is considered unlucky — do not give gifts in sets or multiples of four. That is why there is no numbered fourth floor in buildings and hotels. Often a number 8 is added in front of the 4 for hotel rooms on the fourth floor. 3. Shoes Shoes are a bad idea for a present for Chinese New Year because the word for ‘shoes’ (xié /syeah/) sounds exactly like a word for bad luck or ‘evil’ (xié). On top of that, shoes are something that you step on, and are thus not good gifts.


4. Handkerchiefs People generally give handkerchiefs at the end of a funeral, and are a symbol of saying goodbye forever. Giving someone a gift like this insinuates you are severing all ties.

5. Clocks In Chinese, saying “giving a clock” (sòng zhōng /song jong/) sounds exactly like the Chinese words for “attending a funeral ritual” (sòng zhōng) and thus it is bad luck to gift clocks or watches. On top of that, clocks and watches also symbolise the running out of time. 6. Pears Giving fruit is a good thing, but pears are taboo. This is because the Chinese word for ‘pears’ (lí /lee/) sounds the same as the word for leaving or ‘parting’ (lí).

7. Cut Flowers Cut flowers are generally presents for funerals, so do not give them on Chinese New Year! This is especially so for Yellow Chrysanthemums and any white flowers, which represent death. White is an unlucky (funeral) color in Chinese culture, so should be avoided.

8. Umbrellas Umbrellas are a bad idea to give as gifts, because the Chinese word for ‘umbrella’ (/san/) sounds like the word for ‘breaking up’ (sàn). Giving somebody an umbrella may insinuate that you feel your relationship with them has fallen apart.

9. Black or White Objects Black and White are important colors in funerals, so avoid presents that are largely black or largely white, or wrapping paper or envelopes in these colors. Red, however, is believed to be a festive and fortunate color and is always a great option for envelopes or gifts.

10. Mirrors Mirrors are a bad idea for gifts throughout much of Asia, as they are believed to attract malicious ghosts. On top of that, they are easily broken and breaking things is a bad omen.


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Heavenly Bali – and beyond

Marhaba fil Bahrain recently had the honour of being included in the Indonesian Embassy of Bahrain’s familiarisation trip to Bali and Yogyakarta – here’s our rundown of the incredible things you can experience in a week.

Day 1: Our first stop has to be a visit to see the traditional Balinese Barong dancing. You’ll be swept up in the drama of the show - with incredible costumes, live music and actors portraying scenes of Bali’s mythical past and the eternal struggle of good versus evil. Then it’s on to see Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, situated on the edge of stunning Laka Batur in Bedugul. A very atmospheric site, with wonderful views - it’s easy to find a peaceful spot and reflect. 48


came to the village, which is host to numerous artists and artisans – a shopper’s haven, so beware…

Day 5: A ride on a becak (tricycle

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It’s off for a full day of watersports in Bali’s Benoa district. With so many options – scuba diving, para-sailing, jet skiing, snorkeling, sea walking, banana boating, surfing – you’re spoiled for choice. The water’s warm most of the year and the sea life is breathtaking – brilliant visibility and gorgeous coloured reefs and fish. After all that activity, we headed off to Kuta beach to enjoy the amazing sunset and sip sundowners in the chilled beachside restaurants.

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Leaving Bali and on to Java’s Yogyakarta city, a perfect base from which to explore the island. The most famous landmark is Borobudur Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in Indonesia and with the largest stupa complex in the world; the views are well worth the climb to the top. A fascinating visit with excellent guides. Next up was Wanurejo tourism village. We piled into traditional horse drawn carriages and driven through some beautiful countryside before we

rickshaw) through the streets is unforgettable and a fun way to get to Ngayogyakarto Palace, the base of the Sultan of Yogyakarta. Also a cultural centre for the Javanese, there is a lovely little museum which provides insight into the Royal’s past lifestyles. Another great stop is the TamanSari Water Palace, situated in the middle of Kota Gede, an historical neighbourhood of winding alleyways - with guides providing you with the (often titillating) story behind the Palace and it’s tranquil grounds. An action-packed whirlwind visit, but so rewarding. Incredible locations and landscapes filled with the scent of Frangipani, friendly people and mouthwateringly delicious food (beware, they use chilies in quite a few of their dishes - a lot of chilies…). A week’s visit only scratched the surface of this amazing country, so get your passports out and make your own memories.

Day 3: Ubud bound – famous for its vast array of tourist restaurants and shops, but if you head inland also home to Bali’s iconic rice fields. The views are simply wonderful and as you climb higher into the hills, you can feel the refreshingly chilled air. A must visit is Monkey Forest, just remember to remove anything shiny – especially earrings! These monkeys, although cute and fascinating to watch, are not scared of humans at all and will try and take whatever they fancy from you – my water bottle, for example! Then it’s time for some relaxation at Jimbaran where we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner on the beach. 49



Sigiriya Lion Rock

Sri Lanka offers travellers great natural beauty, a treasure trove of cultural artifacts and architectural masterpieces and a diverse cuisine – all set in a lush, beautiful island setting. This small nation packs a dazzling array of sights and attractions and Gulf Air’s 5 weekly flights to the commercial capital and largest city in Sri Lanka, Colombo, provide easy access to “The Pearl of the Indian Ocean.”

Kandy, the last capital of the ancient kings of Sri Lanka. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is much visited by tourists wanting to experience Sri Lanka’s famous tea plantations, witness the traditional manufacturing process and sample an incredible range of brews.

Colombo boasts many attractions such as the Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil, one of the city’s most important Hindu temples, and the Gangaramaya Temple and museum, an iconic Buddhist centre. You need only venture a few minutes from central Colombo to find the bustling Pettah Market, the city’s biggest market space.

Colombo affords a unique opportunity to feast on a rich, melting-pot cuisine, influenced by its geography and delivering an abundance of flavors. Don’t forget to try:

Adventurous travellers keen to explore beyond Colombo can take one of many available tours (which can be booked on You’ll be spoilt for choice with the country’s 800 miles of coastline and golden beaches, 15 national parks, jungles, abundant wildlife and 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Dambulla Cave Temple and the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’s first Sinhalese capital, was built in the 3rd century BC and contains many ancient palaces, temples and Buddhist monuments. Mihintale, a mountain peak that is seen as the birthplace of Sri Lankan Buddhism, where you will find many monasteries, religious caves and beautiful shrines. Sigiriya, a citadel constructed in 471AD that is perched on the summit of the immense Lion Rock – a challenging climb but worth it for the breathtaking views. Minneriya National Park, home to more than 300 Asian elephants.


Kottu roti: a stir-fry featuring pieces of roti (bread) mixed with finely shredded vegetables or meat, soya sauce, spices, ginger and garlic. The ultimate Sri Lankan street food. Lamprais: a Dutch word that translates as ‘a packet of food’, a dish usually made by the Burgher community, descendants of colonial Europeans. It consists of boiled eggs, eggplant, frikkadels (Dutch-style beef balls), mixed meats (soya for vegetarians) and sambol. Infused with cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and rice the mix is served wrapped in a banana leaf. Egg hoppers with sambol: the Sri Lankan version of thin pancakes with crispy edges. These crepe-like bowls are made from fermented rice flour, coconut milk, coconut water and a little sugar.



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Bahrain Profile Middle East, archipelago in the Arabian Gulf, east of Saudi Arabia Geographic Coordinates: 26 00 N, 50 33 E Map References: Bahrain Total Land Area: 750 sq. km. Area - Comparative: 3.5 times the size of Washington , DC Coastline: 100 miles (161 km) Maritime Claims: Contiguous zone: 24 NM Territorial sea: 12 NM Continental shelf: Extending to boundaries to be determined Climate: Mild winters (December - March) with occasional chilly and rainy days in January and February. Warm and balmy Spring (April) and Autumn (October and November). Hot dry summers (May September), during the height of Summer (August), the Heat and high humidity become extreme. Average daily sunshine is 9 hours, average annual rainfall 2.75 inch (70mm)


Winter temp. range: 60-77°F (15-25°C) Spring temp. range: 68-86°F (20-30°C) Summer temp. Range: 87-107°F (31-42°C) Autumn temp. range: 77-95°F (25-35°C) Terrain: Mostly low desert plain rising gently to low central escarpment.

Government: Bahrain is a constitutional hereditary monarchy:

His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister

His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister

Elevation Extremes: Lowest point: Arabian Gulf 0 feet (0 m) Highest point: Jabal ad Dukhan 400 feet (122 m)

His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain

His Highness Sheikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa the late Amir of Bahrain

in 1965, replacing the Gulf rupee at a rate of 10 rupees = 1 dinar. The Bahraini Dinar is abbreviated BHD. It is usually represented with three decimal places denoting the fils.

Governorates (5): Capital, Central, Muharraq, Northern and Southern Natural Resources: Oil, associated and non associated natural gas, fish, pearls Natural Hazards: Periodic droughts; dust storms Population: 1,214,705, which includes 235,108 non-nationals (July 2011 est.) Currency: The Dinar is the currency of Bahrain. It is divided into 1000 fils. The name Dinar derives from the Roman denarius. The dinar was introduced

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Majestic Arjaan by Rotana 1737 0000 Busaiteen, Muharraq

Floating Hotel - C Hotel 1731 2700 Al Fateh Highway Manama

Manama Tower Hotel 1729 5111 Hoora Manama

Florida Hotel 1729 3232 Manama

Mansouri Mansions Hotel 1771 6999 Adliya

Fraser Suites Diplomatic Area 1616 1800 Diplomatic Area

Mashtan Hotel 1721 7333 Manama

Fraser Suites Seef 1717 1626 Seef Area

Mercure Grand Hotel Seef 1758 4400 Seef Area

Grand Safir 1736 5999 Juffair

Mirador Hotel 1731 2000 Hoora Manama

Gulf Gate Hotel 1721 0210 Manama

Monroe Hotel 1729 6237 Hoora Manama

Gulf Pearl Hotel 1721 7333 Manama

Novotel Aldana Resort Bahrain 1729 8008 Manama

Hani Royal Hotel 1758 1100 Seef Area

Best Western Plus The Olive Hotel 1721 1133 Juffair

Hawar Resort Hotel 1784 9111 Hawar Island

Panorama Hotel 17826888 Juffair

Holiday Express Bahrain 1731 3030 Hoora Manama

Pars International Hotel 17814777 Juffair


Phoenicia Tower Hotel 1731 1666 Hoora Manama

Royal Phoenicia Hotel 1729 5544 Um Al Hassam

Ramada Hotel 1774 2000 Adliya

Samada Hoora Hotel &Suites 1731 8899 Hoora Manama

Ramada Palace 1729 6660 Gudaibiya Ave

Swiss Belhotel Seef 6631 0000 Seef Area

Premier Atiram Hotel 1781 1811 Juffair

Taj Plaza Hotel 1781 5815 Manama

Ramee International Hotel 1772 7230 Juffair

The K-Hotel 1736 0000 Juffair

Ramee Palace Hotel 1781 1688 Seef Area

Tulip Inn Bahrain 1755 5060 Manama

Resort Al Hamala Beach Resort 1760 8222 Hamala Al Bander Resort 1770 1201 Sitra Al Dar Resort 1770 4600 Sitra Al Rafahiya Beach 1784 0141 South Governorate Dragon Resort 16031111 Amwaj Island Muharraq

Bahrain Gallery List Abbas Almosawi Gallary 3944 8486 Janabiya

Busaad Art Gallery 1700 0020 Muharraq

Albareh Art Gallery 1771 3533 Adliya Manama

Amina Gallery 3508 04 74 Road No. 3212 A’ali

Gallery One 1717 8315 Store T05 Bahrain City Centre Al Riwaq Art Space 1771 7441 Osama Bin Zaid Ave. Manama Arabesque Art Gallery 1772 2916 Road No, 3703 Manama

Nadine Gallery 7744 2222/3952 0200 Um Al Hassam Ave. Manama Naqsh Gallery 3838 4919/1758 11 22 Seef District, Manama La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art 17230123 Hoora Avenue, Manama

Ella Art Gallery 1729 2815 or 3907 3299 Adliya, Manama Seana Mercedes Mallen 3953 8691 Awali Rashid Al Oraifi Gallery 1753 5112 Sheraton Complex The Bahrain Arts Society 1759 0551 Budaiya Highway Bin Matar House 1732 2549 Al MUharraq 59



Sizzlers Restaurant Mansouri Mansions Hotel Adliya 1771 6999

Rocky’s Café Ramee Inbternational Juffair 1729 6237

Legendz Steakhouse Intercontinental Regency Central Manama 1722 7777

Al Andalus Lounge Gulf Hotel Adliya 1774 6416

TGI Friday BCC / Juffair 1717 9041 / 1782 7009

Sherlock Holmes Gulf Hotel Adliya 1771 2450

Plums Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa – Seef Area 1758 0000

Al Nada Lounge Sheraton Hotel - Manama 1753 3533

Tony Roma’s Zayed Town 1787 0070

Shift 7 Elite Resort & Spa 1731 3000

Bennigan’s Juffair 1781 3750

Reef Garden Reef Island 1723 1945

TGI Friday’s Bahrain City Centre Seef Area 1753 0657

Braza de Brazil Seef Area 1758 2225

Terrazza Bistro Juffair 1736 0000

Brazil Adliya 1782 6686

Palace Lounge Gulf Hotel - Adliya 1774 6434

Café T Riffa 1775 0777

Polo Lounge Adliya 1772 5000

Champions Sports Lounge Juffair 1736 0000

Motorox Block 338 Adliya 1725 3030


Chilis Seef Area 1750 6070 Fuddruckers Seef Mall/Adliya 1758 2722 / 1774 2266 Hard Rock Café Exhibition Rd. 1729 1569 Johnny Rockets Seef Area - Al Aali Mall 1756 6565 Rics Kountry Kitchen Juffair 1772 5550 60

BAR FOOD B28 Seef Area Swiss Belhotel 6631 0000

Downtown Bar Intercontinental Regency Central Manama 1722 7777 JJ’s Irish Pub & Restaurant Al Bustan Hotel Gudaibiya 3932 9083 Le Bellevue Novotel Al Dana Resort Muharraq 1729 8008

Trader Vic’s Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa, Seef area 1758 0000 / 1758 6555 Typhoon Adliya 1771 6395 Zodiac Lounge Elite Grand Seef Area 1756 5888 Repartee Lounge Riffa Golf Club 1775 0777 1664 Asdal Gulf Inn Hotel Seef District 6631 1311 Fiddlers Green Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel – Diplomatic Area 1753 1666

STEAK HOUSE Butcher Shop & Grill BCC / Seef area 1717 7771

The Meat Co Adliya 1774 2080

ARABIC CLASSIC ARABIC FUSION Abd El Wahab Moda Mall World Trade Center 1713 1111 Al Abraaj Budaiya / Adliya 1759 5656 / 1771 4222 Al Arisha Um Al Hassam 1772 5414 Al Arz Gudaibiya 1729 6660 Al Bindaria Adliya 1774 4066 Al Hamra Delmon International Hotel 1722 4000

CUT by Wolfgang Puck Four Seasons Bahrain Bay 1711 5000

Al Mawal Restaurant Monroe Hotel Hoora 1729 6699

Klouds The K Hotel Juffair 1736 0000

Al Mukhayam Ramada Palace Hotel Gudaibiya 1729 6660


Al Shama Winsor Hotel Hoora 1729 7000 Al Yacout Novotel Al Dana Resort Muhharaq 1729 8432 Anatolia Turkish Restaurant Budaiya 1769 0601 Kosebasi Bahrain City Center Seef / Seef Mall Muharraq 1717 2322

Amwal Daila Iraqi Hoora 1729 6699 The Sultan Cuisine Asdal Gulf Inn Hotel Seef District 6631 1311 Laialy Zaman Al Fateh Corniche 1729 3097 Raye’s Lebanese Retsuarant Corniche 1731 2700 Mandaloun Restaurant Monroe Hotel Hoora 1729 6699 Masala Restaurant Al-Qudaybiyah, Manama 1729 0330 Melh Al Zaad Diplomatic Area Hoora 1731 1170 Rayes Al Fateh Corniche 17 312 700 Rimal Al Areen Palace & Spa 1784 5000 / 1784 5001

Tarbouche City Center – Gold Souk 17 229 979 Wafi Gourmet BCC – Seef area 17 179 999 Zahle Gulf Hotel - Adliya 1774 6417

IRANIAN Golestan Sheraton Bahrain Hotel Central Manama 1753 3533

MOROCCAN Dar Al Tajine Phoenicia Tower Hotel Hoora 1731 1167

MEDITERRANEAN Florence Adliya 1733 6373 Déjà vu Adliya 1365 7770 La Vinoteca Barcelona Adliya 3200 0171 Nicoles Adliya 1728 0700 Skywalk Café Marriott Executive Apartments – Juffair 1736 3999

PALESTINIAN Chou Zaki Bahrain Adliya Block 338 1771 6747



Isfahani Hoora 1755 0567

Fusion Gulf Hotel Adliya 1771 3000 / 1774 6404

Parsian Adliya 1781 1511

Monsoon Adliya 1774 9222

Persian Garden Seef 1758 0600

Kontiki Diplomat Radisson Blu 1753 1666

Persian Room Amwaj Island 1601 0166

Mo Kan The K Hotel - Juffair 1736 0000

Yas-e- Isfahani Seef Mall 17 581 151

WU Asian Restaurant & Lounge Amwaj 1600 0111

TURKISH Anatolia Turkish Restaurant Budaiya 1769 0601 Layali Turkiye Al Fateh Corniche 1729 5270

MEXICAN Casa Mexicana Adliya 1771 5521

Burrito Loco Hamala 1700 2979 Takht-e Jamsheed Gulf Hotel Adliya 1774 6431

CHINESE Bambu Adliya 17 714 424 Beijing Chinese Adliya 1771 7969 Daffodils Block 338 Adliya 7773 1111 First Chinese Adliya 1771 3603 Foli Um Al Hassan 1772 2199 Hong Kong Um Al Hassan 1772 8700

Margarita Mexicana Gulf Hotel Adliya 1771 3000

Magic Wok Juffair 1769 4105

Senor Paco’s Adliya 1772 5873

Kiezo Al Areen Palace & Spa 1784 5000 / 1784 5001 61


China Garden Gulf hotel - Adliya 17713000 / 17746423

Clay Oven Adliya 17 71 7008

Soie Sheraton Bahrain Hotel Central Manama 1753 3533

Copper Chimney Al Hambra Hotel Um Al Hassam 1782 6880

Memories BCC - Seef Area 1717 8646 RE ASIAN Four Seasons Bahrain Bay 1711 5000 Nu Asia Al Aali Shopping Complex Seef Area / Juffair 1758 7171 / 1743 4344

FILIPINO Hot Pot Gudaibiya 1725 1565 Sticky Fingers American Alley Jufair 1700 1345 Tia Betty Gudaibiya/Hoora 1361 6985/1753 2250

Bahay Kubo Gudaibiya 1723 1996

INDIAN Akbar Ramada Palace Hotel Ramada Palace Hotel Gudaibya 1729 6660 Asha’s BCC - Seef Area 1717 9751 Charcoal Grill Um al Hassam/Manama 17729115/17223531 62

Fuji Sushi Bar Sheza Tower Hotel Diplomatic 17 533 336 Fuji Teppan Yaki Sheza Tower Hotel Diplomatic 17533383

Lanterns Budaiya Road/ Block 338 Adliya 1759 0591/ 1724 6777

Frangipani Seef Mall 7730 0777

Moti Mahal Juffair 1782 5333

Hakisushi Juffair Juffair 17725638

Mumbai Spice Bahrain Mall-New Seef Area 1738 2255

Imari The Domain Hotel Diplomatic Area 16000000

Nirvana Ritz Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa, Seef Area 1758 0000 / 1758 6499 Papadom Seef Mall - Seef Area 17 564 434 Sangeetha Gudaibiya 1727 2768 Spices Crown Plaza Bahrain Diplomatic Area 1753 1122 Rasoi by Vineet Gulf Hotel - Adliya 1774 6461 The Great Kebab Factory Budaiya 1769 0629

JAPANESE Bushido Seef Area 1758 3555

Kei Golden Tulip Bahrain Diplomatic Are 17535000 Maki MODA Mall Central Manama Area 17522733 Meisei Adliya 17007770 Mirai Adliya 17713113 Ruka Ramee Grand Hotel 17111999 Sato Gulf Hotel Adliya 17746429 Sugoi BCC - Seef Area 17178084

Sumo Sushi & Bento Juffair 17718090 Tokyo Vins Adliya 17 717 101 Ora Restaurant Diva Hotel Juffair 3624 6462

PAKISTAN Barbeque Delights Seef Mall - Seef area 1756 4282 Salt & Pepper Isa Town 1762 3535 Tabakh Plus Manama Near Awal Cinema 1727 6386

THAILAND Baan Saeng Thai Adliya 1771 0467 Bali Orchid Gudaibiya 1718 0424 Hash House Adliya 1771 5094 Honey’s Gold Souk, Manama 3923 8507 Lanna Thai Budaiya 1759 3940 Monsoon Adliya 1774 9222 Royal Thai The Gulf Hotel Adliya 1774 6421 / 2


Thai Chi BCC - Seef Area 1717 9747

Cico’s Adliya 1771 3710

Oliveto Adliya 1771 6747

Country Club Budaiya 1759 3593

Thai Express Budaiya 1750 6070

Cucina Italiana Al Safir Hotel - Fateh 1700 1317

Pasquale Reef Island 1332 0617

Al Safir Sheraton Bahrain Hotel Manama Central District 1753 3533

Thailand Restaurant Adliya 1771 7040

Fatto Al Aali Shopping Complex Seef area 6677 8822

Pizzaria Café Italia Seef Mall - Seef Area 1758 2823

CONTEMPORARY/ EUROPEAN ANGLO - DUTCH Café Amsterdam Adliya 1700 7404

FRENCH Camelot Adliya 3997 7540 Jolie Maison Brasserie de Luxe Adliya 1771 2912 Chez Alain Reef Island 1332 0615

ITALIAN Al Forno Amwaj Lagoon Muharraq 1603 0621 Biella BCC - Seef Area 1717 8703 Café Italia Al Mahooz 3444 4672 Caffe Spasso Al Mahooz 1782 2274

Fiamma Sofitel Hotel Bahrain – Zallaq 1763 6414 Il Gondoliere Asdal Gulf Inn Hotel Seef District 6631 1311 La Pergola The Gulf Hotel Adliya 1774 6419 / 20

La Taverna City Center Hotel-Gold Souk 1722 9979 Medzo Intercontinental Regency Bahrain 1722 7777 Mino’s Adliya 1774 4777 Masso The Palace Boutique Hotel Adliya 1772 1061

Prego’s Riffa 1775 0777 Primavera Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa Seef area 1755 8000 Roma Um Al Hassan 3314 8611 Romano’s Macaroni Grill Juffair 1750 6070/1732 1299 Rosso Amwaj Island 1600 0111

INTERNATIONAL Al Waha Restaurant The Gulf Hotel Adliya 1774 6425 / 6 Al Wasmeyah Restaurant Golden Tulip Bahrain Diplomatic Area 1724 1395

Mondo Diplomat Radisson Blu 1753 1666

Boutique Café Adliya 3731 4444

Nino’s Al Aali Shopping Complex Seef Area 1756 6555

Casa Bar Mecure Grand Hotel Seef Area 1758 4400

Flavours on 2 Downtown Rotana Manama 1311 9999 Gallery Lobby Lounge Movenpick Hotel - Muharraq 1746 0017 Jim’s Restaurant Adliya 1771 0654 La Café Hotel Diva - Juffair 17 810 555 La fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art Ras Ruman 1723 0123 La Mediterranee Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel Seef area 1758 0000 La Mosaique Crowne Plaza Bahrain Diplomatic Area 1753 1122 Lemon Lagoon, Amwaj Island 1603 0555 Le Jardin Ramada Hotel Bahrain Gudaibiya 1774 2000 Links Riffa 1775 1262 63


MeiN Yu Amwaj Island Lagoons Muharraq 1601 0160 Mezzaluna Adliya 1774 2999 Monte Rosa Block 338 Adliya 3538 9165 MUJU Restaurant & Lounge Dragon Resort Hotel Amwaj Island Muharraq 1603 9800 Neyran Mercure Grand Hotel Seef Area 1758 4400 Olivos Brasserie Radisson Blu Hotel Diplomatic Area 1753 1666

Palm Restaurant Monroe Hotel – Hoora 1729 6699 Rendezvous Seef Mall – Seef area 1717 8712

Upstairs Downstairs Adliya 1771 3093 Zoe Adliya 1771 6400 Zytoun Novotel Al Dana Resort Muharraq 1716 2693 / 1729 8008

SEAFOOD PAKISTAN Fareast Seafood Market Ramee International Hotel – Juffair 1772 7230 Fish House Budaiya 1759 4040 Fish Market Al Bander Hotel Resort - Sitra 1770 1201

Fish Express Palace Avenue/Budaiya 1733 0061/ 1777 6999 Totally Fish Bahrain City Centre Mall – Seef area 1717 9757 Waves Crowne Plaza Bahrain Diplomatic Area 1753 1122

TRADITIONAL BAHRAINI Villa Mama Saar 1730 5031 Emmawash Traditional Restaurant - Budaiya 1730 9030 Sheshabi Budaiya 1717 1517


La Marine Budaiya 1766 9997

Jollibbee Exhibiton Road 1777 7900 Burgerland Budaiya 1759 1166

Saraya – Zallaq Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa 1763 6363

La mer Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea Spa – Zallaq 1763 6363

Yumyum Tree Exhibiton Road 1729 6296

Swiss-Café Restaurant Swiss-Belhotel Seef 6631 0041

Silk’s Restaurant Movenpick Hotel Bahrain Muharraq 1746 0000 / 1746 0055

La Perle Novotel Al Dana Resort Muharraq Area 1729 8008 Reef Fish Market Reef Island 1756 2810

The Gallery Asdal Gulf Inn Hotel Seef District 6631 1311

Seafood Market Sheza Tower Hotel Diplomatic Area 1753 3336

Rimal Al Areen Palace & Spa Zallaq 1784 5000


The Exchange Restaurant & Pub Ramada Hotel Bahrain Gudaibiya 1774 2000

Jimmy’s Killer Prawns Muharraq 1711 1151

Burger Town Adliya 1771 3778

CAFE Cafeccino Swiss-Belhotel Seef 6631 0045

Columbus Café BCC / Seef Mall / Muharraq 1717 2324 Paul BCC / Seef Mall 1717 2321 Med Café Budaiya/ Geant Mall / 1771 3088 Al Bindaira Café Seef Area 1774 4066 Coco’s Café Adliya 1771 6512 Café Delices Gulf Hotel - Adliya 1774 6435 Café Lilou Adliya/ Aali Mall / Riffa 1771 4440 Mezzaluna Adliya 1774 2999 Tim Hortons Canadian Café and Bakeshop Zinj 1663 9706 Espressamente Illy Café Sheraton Bahrain Hotel 1753 3533

Franks Joe’s Hot Dogs & Spud Muharraq 1601 1601

Water Side Café Gulf Hotel - Adliya 1771 3000

Hey Hotdog Adliya 1774 4604

Torino Restaurant & Lounge Block 338 Adliya 7766 6688

Travel Agency Dadabhai Travel 1710 3030

AL Gosaibi Travel 1721 2333

Suha Travel and Tours 17294215

ITL Tourism & Travel 1732 5557

Bahrain Express Travel & Tours 1721 4948

Al Fanar Travel 17227114

Nasser Travel & Tours 1724 1333 1721 1330

Capital Travel 1724 2323

Bahraini German International Services 1774 2282

Orange Travel 1782 2480

Enjoy Travel and Tours 1721 1787

Jalal Travel Agency 1722 3336

House of Travel 17578578

Alwasat Travel 1330 0013

Aryan Travel & Tours 1710 0083

Kanoo Travel 17756487

World Travel Service 17225650

Farhat International Tours & Travels 1721 6411

Sanad Travel and Tourism 1721 2033

Sixt Rent A Car 17711770

Oscar rent a car 1721 1682

Udrive 17580208

Limousina 17329339

Budget Rent A Car 1721 7788

Elite Car Rental 1772 8202

National rent a car 17311169

Marshall Rent A Car 1772 7567

Tooranco Rent A Car 1772 8998

Value Car Rental 1782 2050

Hanco 17310656

Bahrain Car Hiring (BACH) 1753 4343

Alhadeel Car Rental 1759 6000

Bahrain Limo 17266266

Regent rent a car 17825222 Or toll free 80008822

Rent A Car

Exchange Bahrain India International Exchange Co. 1721 0440 BFC Bahrain 1722 8888 NAFEX National Finance & Exchange Co. 1718 0320 Nonoo Exchange Company 1723 0767 Modern Exchange Bahrain 1745 3201

Cargo Travelex 1749 0960

FedEx 1733 4448

Aramex 1733 0434

UAE Exchange Bahrain 1764 0001

First Freight International WLL 1721 7523

UPS Bahrain WLL 1722 3123

Bexmoney Bahrain Express Exchange W.L.L. 1727 5275

Link World Packers & Movers 3982 5024

Zenj Exchange 1768 2345

AGIL Freight, Bahrain 7701 2445

Gulf International Exchange Co. 1771 0772

Gulf Agency Co.(Bahrain) W.L.L 1733 9777

DHL 1736 4100 TNT Express Shipping | TNT Bahrain 17 349 199 Skynet Bahrain 1782 0888



Home Away From Home By Rosette M. Obedoza


Josefina Aurora Melendez Antiquera Nationality:

American Arrival in Bahrain (Date):

23rd November 2014 Occupation:

Work & Family Life Specialist


Enosh Manickam Nationality:

Sri Lanka Arrival in Bahrain (Date):

October 2016 Working for a well-known financial institution

What surprised you since living here in Bahrain? Im originally from Chile and it amazes me how much the Bahraini culture reminds me of home. I love the importance they place on spending time with friends and family. What are your favorite places and things to do in Bahrain? La Vinoteca Barcelona is one of my favorite. I love taking visitors for a Bahraini breakfast at Emmawash. The Saturday morning Farmers Market down in Budaiya Highway is a must do during these cooler winter months. During the hotter months spending time with kids by the pool is on the top of my list. If you could pick one quote or piece of advice to newcomers or anyone moving here in Bahrain, what would that be? Open your mind and heart to this great Kingdom you can truly build a beautiful life here…even if is just for a few years What surprised you the most? I arrived in October this year. The thing that most surprised me is the friendliness of the people, I had been told that people in the Middle East would be arrogant, but I’ve found nothing but smiles and helpfulness. Your favourite place/thing to do in Bahrain? Work has kept me so busy that it’s just been work/home, work/ home. I’m looking forward to exploring the Island this year (2017). Where do you see yourself in a year’s time? A family man – I’m getting married next month. (Marhaba: Congrats Enosh!) As far as career goes, I’d like to see myself in a senior management position within the next few years.


Raluca Zaharia Nationality:

Romanian Arrival in Bahrain (Date):

August 2008 Occupation:

Soft Skill Training Company:



What was your first impression? I had no idea what to expect before coming – when I arrived I was welcomed by the fresh sea breeze but also with the heat as it was summer. That first warmth was also to be how warmly locals welcomed expats. Favourite places and things to do in Bahrain? La fontaine, Al Areen, Hamala beach, Hidd park. And I love salsa dancing. Do you plan to leave Bahrain any time soon? I haven’t made any plans as I got so attached to Bahrain. The sense of security I feel here means that this is now my second home.

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