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Bahrain News and Events / New solar panels factory in Bahrain
« on: January 23, 2017, 05:34:08 AM »
New  solar panels in Bahrain was opened by Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs Dr. Abdulhussain Mirza .

The minister explained the Cabinet decision to adopt a national plan to raise energy efficiency and the national plan for renewable energy. He said among its objectives was to develop a national goal for six per cent of the population to rely on renewable energy by 2025. These plans and objectives would help Bahrain to achieve its objectives of sustainable development and will help attract new international investment.
These goals would also bring Bahrain in line with countries that have a diversity of energy sources and attract new technology that helps diversify its sources.
Company Board of Directors Chairman Abdullah Al Khalifa, speaking on the occasion, welcomed the minister and thanked the government for its support. Factory Director General Rami Khalifa said the plant is fully managed by a professional workforce and will operate at an initial production capacity of up to 60,000 solar panels a year, enough to generate 15 megawatts of electricity.
It would include the development of factory production in three phases and will provide in the last phase approximately 50 jobs for Bahrainis. He thanked the minister for the opening of the plant and his support in the development of solar energy products and systems.
A number of ambassadors and UNDP Resident Representative Amin Sharkawi were among those present on the occasion. Sharkawi stressed on the role of the UNDP for investment support in renewable energy and energy efficiency to achieve the objectives of the Sustainable Energy Unit relating to power.

Bahrain News and Events / Christmas and New Year in Bahrain
« on: December 08, 2016, 03:39:53 AM »
Do you already know how to celebrate Christmas and New Year in Bahrain?

Below are some ideas for you.

Afternoon sky-high tea
Head up to Domain Priv?, on the 36th floor of The Domain Hotel & Spa, for stunning views and a festive afternoon tea with seasonal pastries and freshly baked scones.
BD12++ (food only), BD17++ (with two glasses of bubbly). Noon-8pm. Dec 1-28. The Domain Hotel & Spa, Diplomatic Area (16 000 000).

Carol singing at The Crowne Plaza
‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through Bahrain the quiet hum of carols could be heard. Don’t hold back on the festive singing – four days of carol concerts in The Crowne Plaza’s lobby comes with Christmas beverages, cookies and puddings.
Free. Dec 19-22, from 7.30pm. The Crowne Plaza Bahrain, Diplomatic Area (17 531 122).

Christmas afternoon tea at Furn Bakery
Enjoy the warmth of the festive season by catching up with good friends over a traditional, festive-themed afternoon tea with pastries and scones at the new bakery.
BD20++ (for two). Dec 1-25, 2pm-6pm. The Westin Bahrain City Centre, Seef (17 171 441).

Christmas karaoke at Txoko
Iiiiiiiiit’s Chriiiiiiistmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas! Get your best Noddy Holder impression at the ready, as Christmas karaoke comes back to the 36th floor sky lounge, Txoko. There are big prizes, fun to be had and, we’re guessing, sympathy for performers in novelty hats and elaborate sweaters.
Free. Dec 1-23, 4pm-8pm. The Domain Hotel & Spa, Diplomatic Area (16 000 000).

Cooking master class at La Vinoteca Barcelona
Pastry chef Ajith Suranga and executive chef Joan Gomez will guide you through creating an array of unforgettable Christmas desserts in this masterclass at the upscale Spanish restaurant.
BD20 (including a takeaway package of sweets). Tue Dec 13, 6pm-8pm. La Vinoteca Barcelona, Adliya (17 007 808).

Festive brunch in Bushido
Head to this Samurai-inspired Japanese restaurant for a special festive-themed brunch, where a selection of traditional foods are on the buffet and at the carvery. This is a family-friendly occasion in a stunning setting.
BD18.5++ (soft drinks), BD24.5++ (house beverages). Fri Dec 23, noon-3.30pm. Bushido Restaurant, Seef (17 583 555).

Festive classics at La Fontaine
The contemporary art centre is hosting Bahrain-born brother and sister duo Danae Eleni and Kimon Pallikarapoulos, who are performing songs from opera and jazz, from Handel and Bach to Broadway and Berstein. Enjoy a festive dinner and welcome drink as they perform in the stunning courtyard.
BD20 (dinner, performance and one drink). Wed Dec 21, 7pm-10pm. La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art & Spa, Hoora (17 230 123).

Festive lunch with The Palm Association
Do your bit for charity and get a spot of Christmas shopping done at the same time, as the ladies from The Palm Association are hosting a festive lunch. There will be plenty of stalls to peruse, lots of food to eat and a shedload of seasonal spirit to enjoy. All proceeds will go to the Bahrain-based charity’s Feed A Family programme.
BD22. Wed Dec 7, from 11am. The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Diplomatic Area,

Garden tree lighting at La Vinoteca Barcelona and Caf? Amsterdam
We’re huge fans of the outdoor terrace shared by these top-notch European-style venues. It is where we held the Time Out Live! Bahrain Jams party and we’re polishing our stars and plumping up the tinsel in preparation for the tree lighting. There will be mince pies and mulled grape to enjoy with the seasonal atmosphere and gorgeous weather.
Free. Tue Dec 6, 6pm-8pm. La Vinoteca Barcelona and Caf? Amsterdam garden, Adliya (17 007 808).

Gingerbread house decorating and tea party at Downtown Rotana
Kids can enjoy tasty treats, yummy snacks and traditional foodie favourites at this festive-themed tea party, all while they decorate gingerbread houses in City Lobby Lounge.
BD10++ (per child). Dec 8-31. Fri-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun-Thu 4pm-8pm. Downtown Rotana, Manama (33 605 070).

Gingerbread house making at Furn Bakery
German Santa, Sven, will guide children through the gingerbread house making process and give kids a sweet lesson in how to decorate the increasingly popular edible ornament. Alternatively, you can take the kit away and make it at home.
BD10++ (per takeaway kit), BD14 (per child for the class, inclusive of the house). Saturdays, 4pm-8pm. Until Dec 24. The Westin Bahrain City Centre, Seef (17 171 441).

Gingerbread house making at M?venpick
Decorate cookie houses with sweets and frosting while soaking up some essential pre-Christmas atmosphere in Muharraq. Chefs present a perfectly made house so all your little ones need to do is decorate it. It’s good fun for all the family.
BD10. Sat Dec 10, 4pm-6pm. M?venpick Bahrain, Muharraq (17 460 017).

Santa Claus afternoon tea at The Ritz-Carlton
Schools have broken up for the Christmas holidays by this time, so an easy way to spend an afternoon is in the presence of Father Christmas. Oh, and there will be a chocolate buffet, as well as traditional scones and pastries, if you need more convincing. We’ll see you there with bells on.
BD18++ (adults), BD10++ (kids). December 17-23, 3pm-6pm. Lobby Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef (17 580 000).

Teddy bear afternoon tea and gingerbread making at The Ritz-Carlton
There is nothing obviously festive about a traditional afternoon tea, so children will be presented with their own gingerbread house to decorate at La Med. With some fundraising for environmental causes, too, it is a chance to be cosy, creative and well-fed. Also, if they can part with it, then the children can donate their old teddy bear to the charity as part of the hotel’s Community Footprints campaign.
BD22++ per child. Dec 10 and 17, 4.30pm-6.30pm. The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef (17 580 000).

Tree lighting and carolling at Sofitel bahrain
Mark the holiday season at this beautiful Zallaq-based resort, as they light up the stunning Christmas tree and the hotel choir entertains us with beautiful renditions of traditional Christmas carols.
Free. Tue Dec 13, from 6pm. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, Zallaq (17 636 363).

Tree lighting at Downtown Rotana
In the heart of Manama, you can find a festive refuge with a giant tree and a lifesize gingerbread house in the Rotana’s lobby. The lights switch on at 5.30pm with an appearance from Santa dishing out toys and, also, a carol concert. On top of all that, there will be gingerbread decorating sessions from that date until the end of the month for just BD10, too.
Free. Thu Dec 8, from 5.30pm. Downtown Rotana, Manama (33 605 070).

Tree lighting at The Crowne Plaza
The Christmas tree lighting here is an annual highlight. Take your festive excitement to another level by joining the elves for cookies, carols and the switch-on of the lobby decorations in front of the giant gingerbread house.
Free. Thu Dec 8, from 7.30pm. The Crowne Plaza Bahrain, Diplomatic Area (17 531 122).
Christmas Eve meals
Do your celebrating the day before Christmas to leave the day itself free for presents, family and sitting around watching festive movies and eating sweets.

Al Waha
Load up on turkey and trimmings across the buffet pre-Christmas at Al Waha, where international selections are also available.
BD16++ (adults), BD8++ (kids six to 12), free (kids under six). 7pm-10.30pm. The Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Adliya (17 713 000).

B28 Lounge
The 28th floor sky lounge is hosting a grape and cheese night with artisanal dairy from Switzerland, France and Italy, all paired with grape and live music.
BD20. 8pm-11pm. Swiss-Belhotel, Seef (66 310 000).

A big buffet the night before could be a tradition families hold on to for years and
Le M?ridien is a good place to start. BD16++ (soft drinks), BD26++ (house beverages), BD13++ (kids six to 12), free (kids under six). 6.30pm-11pm. Le M?ridien Bahrain City Centre, Seef (17 171 441).

Bahrain Bay Kitchen
A night of music and food so complete that we’re hoping it doesn’t distract Santa from the job in hand. Pan-seared scallops with celeriac fondue and slow-cooked wagyu short ribs are traditional, right? Don’t worry, there are sprouts and stollen being served here, too.
BD32++ (soft drinks), BD42++ (house beverages). 7pm-midnight. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay (4494 8888).

CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Give somebody you really love an early gift and take them out for a holiday-inspired four-course dinner of soup, homemade pasta, roasted meats, fish and seasonal desserts at the celebrity chef’s steakhouse.
BD40++ (food only), BD50++ (beverage pairing). 7pm-11.30pm. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay (17 115 044).

There will be a lively atmosphere and plenty of noise when Canadian band Pop It and DJ Jonny de Karner perform at this party spot. Get a three-course meal or just a drink – it’s entirely up to you how you want to celebrate.
BD20 (unlimited beverages), BD10 (three-course meal and one drink). 9pm-2am. Ramee Palace Hotel, Juffair (33 544 291).

Flavours on 2
Rotana brunches tend to be plentiful and informal – what more could you want for a Christmas Eve tea? Eat your heart out, enjoy the live entertainment and also get involved with a raffle draw and potentially win an early Christmas present.
BD24++ (soft drinks), BD29++ (house beverages), BD12++ (kids six to 12), free (kids under six). 6pm-11pm. Downtown Rotana, Government Avenue, Manama (33 605 070).

La Med
The festive buffet in this attractive restaurant includes seasonal drinks with red grape and mulled spices. The traditional food will get you feeling all Christmassy we’re sure.
BD35++ (adults), BD18++ (kids). 7pm-11pm.The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef (17 580 000).

La Pergola
Celebrate the Italian tradition of La Vigilia di Natale with home-style dishes made with love at the newly refurbished restaurant.
BD20++ (one glass of sparkling). 7pm-11pm. The Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Adliya (17 713 000).

Sit down inside or on the lovely terrace for a whopping seven-course meal of delicious Italian dishes at this award-winning spot.
BD35++. 7pm-11pm. The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef (17 580 000).

re / Asian Cuisine | Wolfgang Puck
Get an early night by doing your Christmas Eve celebrations early. The renowned Asian restaurant has a good-value deal at less than BD20 for a dim sum brunch.
BD19++ (six dishes). 12.30pm-3.30pm. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay (17 115 044).

The Ritz-Carlton Gourmet Lounge
It is easy to over-indulge at a buffet, but with a feast to come on Christmas Day you may wish to have a smaller meal tonight. There are lighter dishes along with the decadent choices available at the quaint tea lounge.
BD25++. 7pm-11.30pm. The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef (17 580 000).

The high ceilings and scarlet drapes make for a romantic atmosphere at this Chinese joint. Enjoy an intimate set menu for dinner with a loved one on Christmas Eve.
BD14.900++ (food only), BD19.900 (house beverages). 7pm-11.30pm. Sheraton Bahrain, Manama (17 533 533).

The set menu includes potato taleggio tortelli with black truffle, smoked salmon and panettone. Sounds better than staying in to us!
BD36++. 7pm-11pm. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay (17 115 044).

The seafood market brunch has masses of food (not just fish!) and the restaurant boasts a casual, Christmassy vibe.
BD38 (house beverages), BD18 (kids five to ten), free (kids under five). From 7pm. The Crowne Plaza, Diplomatic Area (17 531 122).
Christmas Day meals
No washing up and no cooking, just great quality festive food and, if you’re lucky, an appearance from Father Christmas himself.

Bahrain News and Events / Bahrain touristic visa fee slashed by 80%
« on: June 28, 2016, 03:52:33 AM »

Great new for tourists going to Bahrain!

 Bahrain has slashed visa fees by 80%!

Now, Indians will have to shell out only Bahraini Dinar 5 (Rs 889) instead of the earlier Bahraini Dinar 25 (Rs 4,446). "We want more Indians to explore the country's history and its entertainment, including nightlife, and retail culture," said Jerad Bachar, executive director (tourism) of Bahrain Economic Development Board. Bahrain is also pitching itself as a short-haul destination from India. The airfare and flight time for a Mumbai-Bahrain trip is more or less equal to a Mumbai-Delhi journey. "There is excellent air connectivity between Bahrain and India with 75 flights a week. Bahrain is undertaking a $1 billion airport expansion programme and once completed, it will be able to handle 14 million passengers from the current nine million," Bachar added.

Besides, Bahrain's tourism board is setting up its first office in India, an indication of its seriousness to draw traffic from the country as well as promote Bahrain as a niche destination.

Bahrain's thrust on tourism is understandable. Unlike some Gulf states, whose income is fuelled by oil, Bahrain doesn't have much oil reserves. Its economy is driven by financial services followed by tourism. Tourism contributed 5.3% to Bahrain's revenue in 2015.

Bahrain News and Events / "Legal Clinic" in University of Bahrain
« on: June 24, 2016, 05:34:45 AM »

A three-month programme targeting University of Bahrain (UoB) law students concluded this week.

The Supreme Council for Women (SCW) held the "Legal Clinic" in cooperation with the university, lining up fourteen sessions which introduced law students to the SCW-led legal services which are provided via the Woman Support and Information Centre.

The participants were training on receiving demands and requests, studying complaints, writing legal memos and ensuring the follow-up with high-level executive authorities.

The students had the opportunity to get first-hand information on the inception of the council, prerogatives, departments and work mechanisms focusing particularly on the Bahrain National Woman Development 2013-2022.

According to Internet world statistics over 96% of population in Bahrain are using Internet.

Bahrain News and Events / Friday evening - what to do?
« on: February 19, 2016, 04:21:50 AM »
Friday Brunch at The Domain Hotel & Spa
For 19.00 BD Instead of 22.80 BD

Enjoy great conversations, explore your inner foodie and music that does not involve helium induced voices.

Join us for a very grown up affair

From 12noon to 4pm.


- Without beverages: BD 19 instead of BD 22.8

- With beverages: BD 22.8 instead of BD 32.6

Bahrain News and Events / Swimming home in the sea? Is it possible?
« on: January 31, 2016, 12:36:13 PM »
House in the sea... no island needed... you can have your own swimming villa!
Dubai is absolutely amazing city. Its new projects surprise and fascinate!

Have you ever dreamed about swimming house? Very soon it will be a reality in Dubai…


2 hours Aromatherapy massage for Early Birds at Coral Spa
For 22.00 BD Instead of 44.00 BD
Come and relax...
more info here:

Bahrain News and Events / Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year!
« on: December 24, 2015, 05:50:27 AM »

Bahrain News and Events / Happy National Day!
« on: December 17, 2015, 02:39:59 AM »


A Bahraini criminal court has sentenced freelance photographer Sayed Ahmed Al Mousawi to 10 years in prison on a terrorism charge and has stripped him of his nationality. Reporters Without Borders condemns this arbitrary trial of a journalist who just covered pro-democracy demonstrations.

Accused of giving SIM cards to “terrorist” demonstrators and taking photos of anti-government protests, Mousawi was finally convicted yesterday in a trial that began nearly a year ago and had repeatedly been postponed since February. His lawyer said he would appeal against his conviction.

“The threats and intimidation campaigns against professional journalists and citizen journalists have just one aim – to use ‘terrorism’ as a pretext for suppressing all criticism of an authoritarian regime,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Middle East desk.

“It is outrageous that a journalist has been treated like a terrorist. Arbitrary arrests of peaceful dissidents, systematic torture and impunity have turned Bahrain into a dangerous country for those who speak out. We condemn Mousawi’s arbitrary detention and call on the authorities to overturn his conviction.”

Many Bahrainis have been stripped of their citizenship this year. Those targeted include not only government opponents and Islamic State members but also doctors and journalists.

The recipient of many international awards, Mousawi was arrested without a warrant at his home in the town of Diraz on 10 February 2014, when police confiscated his camera and other electronic apparatus.

His trial did not begin until December 2014 and, according to his family, he was repeatedly tortured in detention, especially during interrogation at the headquarters of the Criminal Investigation Department.

A total of eight journalists and five citizen-journalists are currently detained in Bahrain, according to a Reporters Without Borders tally.

The trial of the leading satirical blogger known as Takrooz is scheduled to being on 25 November. Arrested on 18 June 2014 at Manama airport, he is charged with inciting anti-government hatred and using expressions liable to incite sectarianism.

The appeal of Ali Al-Mearaj, a blogger held since 6 January 2014, is due to be heard on 1 December. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison on 8 April 2014 on charges of “misusing information technology” and insulting the king in connection with his management of an opposition website.

Bahrain is ranked 115th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.

Bahrain News and Events / 16000 illegal workers were deported from Oman
« on: November 17, 2015, 06:15:35 AM »

Over 16,000 illegal workers were deported from Oman recently. 12,000 more were able to legalise their labour status, according to the Ministry of Manpower.

It was an attempt to regulate the labour market in Oman. Illegal workers were offered amnesty to leave the country without being fined if they registered by October.

A ministry official told Gulf News that the number of illegal foreign workers has doubled since 2010.

Amnesties are a common practice in Oman, with previous pardons being granted in 2005, 2007 and 2010.

Oman has intensified its campaign against infiltrators and illegal foreign workers with weekly inspections and raids.

Oman’s expatriate workforce stood at 1,614,545 in May, according to statistics issued by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).

The majority of the workforce are Indians with 1,614,545 workers and Bangladeshis – 557,606. Reports have suggested there could be around 50,000 undocumented workers as well, mostly from Bangladesh.

On Sunday November 15th, 162 illegal workers were arrested during raids in Khasab, Bukha and Diba. Law enforcement officials say they will step up their crackdown.

The crackdown is particularly important now during a time when many Omanis have lost their jobs due to the slump in oil prices. The government is under pressure to free up more jobs for citizens.

A Bahraini criminal court sentenced 12 people for life and revoked their citizenship after finding them guilty of carrying out bomb attacks on police, a senior judicial official said in a statement late on Sunday.

Evidence showed that the defendants, tried at the High Criminal Court, were "directly linked" to six bombings carried out between 2013 and 2014, advocate general Ahmed Al-Hammadi said in a statement carried by Bahrain News Agency.

The official said formal charges were made against the defendants after evidence gathered including fingerprints, "which directly matched five of the suspects to explosives and bomb-making materials found in a house in Saar," the statement said.

The defendants had full and legal rights to appeal, the statement added.

The Sunni Muslim-led island kingdom, which hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet in the Gulf, has experienced sporadic unrest since mass protests in 2011 led by majority Shi'ites demanding reforms and a bigger role in government. The government denies opposition charges it discriminates against Shi'ites.

Bahrain says the opposition has a sectarian agenda and is backed by Shi'ite power Iran, a charge Shi'ite groups deny.

(Reporting by Hadeel Al Sayegh; editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

Bahrain Guide and Photos / RATNAKARA RITUALS in Bahrain
« on: November 05, 2015, 06:53:37 AM »
Have you tried RATNAKARA RITUALS in Bahrain?

Ratnakara is an ancient term for “ocean” and “repository of jewels” came from Indian.  The two exclusive rituals are created by Ila, a beyond organic luxury skin care brand from England.

Central to Ila’s healing potential is the high natural energy present in each and every ingredient. The purity and the high levels of vibrational energy are absorbed by the skin, bringing powerful healing benefits to the subtle energies within our bodies. These exclusive rituals are focusing on the essence of Ratnakara’s authentic healing journey or the flow of chi, or energy meridians.


The Sea of Qi begins with an anti-inflammatory foot reflex sequence using a blissful body scrub and rose damascena body cream for glowing radiance. You are taken on a journey of fluidity where the whole body is encompassed with rhythmic massage movements. Cardamom and patchouli help open your energy centers and soothe your nervous system while jasmine and neroli encourage the continuity of flow and release of negativity. The warm Himalayan salt poultices enable the body to be receptive to healing. Sound then plays an important role in deepening this experience, promoting balance through the entire being.


The ritual begins with an inner peace foot exfoliation and opening connection that helps quieten the mind and center the guest. A full body meridian flow massage with inner peace oil enables the release of physical tension, the activation of energy channels, the clearing of blockages while also bringing warmth and vitality to every part of the body. The main focus of this ritual is the application of an adaptogenic herbal pack which flushes the kidneys of all their impurities. The use of warm poultices on significant acupressure points along the central channel reduces stress and fear, balances the digestive system, boosts energy levels and calms the spirit. Zone therapy to the feet, hands and four central points closes the Gate of Vitality leaving you restored and at peace.


This sublime treatment begins with a full-body massage using an exclusive oud oil blend to relax tired muscles and clear stressfrom the mind and body. The Samadara ultimate age defying premier facial is then performed using a sequence of anti-ageing techniques designed to reawaken the skin’s natural healing abilities.

A rose quartz crystal facial massage enables the powerful Samadara ultimate firmness and elasticity as well as reducing the appearance of fine lines. A truly indulgent series of treatments that combines deep relaxation with exceptional anti-ageing skincare results.


This treatment increases the skin’s radiance using the intelligence of marine plant extracts. Beginning with a calming back massage with ancient Australian healing stones and crystals and luxurious oud oil, the treatment is then followed by a facial tailored to your unique skin type.

This is the perfect treatment to oxygenate, tone and revitalize the skin. This treatment is recommended for travellers, and provides great benefit to the skin by bringing back life and colour.

Bahrain News and Events / Restaurant closed for raising Meat prices.
« on: October 08, 2015, 05:45:12 AM »
The Ministry of Industry and Trade closed restaurant in Arad for raising meat prices.
Any restaurant rise prices of meat call . consumers protection department

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