Flying enthusiasts can look up in the air with a big smile this month as the 4th Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) takes place in the Kingdom from January 21 to 23. With tons of great in-the-air and on-the-ground spectacles, shows, activities and events, Sakhir Airbase will play host to the 2016 edition of BIAS.

Marvel the five-hour long flying display which is set to bring a visual treat to visitors, featuring aerobatic teams, military aircraft, and historic and modern carriers. With free grandstand seating, you’ll be able to enjoy the display in comfort. This year, nine times British aerobatic champion and BIAS regular, Mark Jefferies, will return to the show to fly his Extra 330SC, wowing crowds with his awe-inspiring manoeuvers and tricks in the sky.

Also making a comeback is the Twisters Twilight Pyrotechnic Display, guaranteed to enchant the audience and mark an end to the display in an extravagant fashion. Perfect for family and friends as there will be plenty going on in the form of attractions on the ground, including great food options!

GO: Bahrain International Airshow takes place at Sakhir Airbase from January 21 to 23. Tickets are priced at BD10 (adults) and BD5 (children up to 16yrs), and are available to buy from Batelco outlets. Visit www.bahraininternationalairshow.com for more information.


 Shopping Surprises

Whether you like a bargain or if you’re all about the brand name, shopping just got more exciting! The second edition of Bahrain Shopping Festival, dubbed Shop Bahrain, is set to be the largest nationwide festival with a unique 30-day celebration of Bahrain’s heritage, hospitality and tourism offering for the entire family running until January 23. Shop Bahrain will mirror the Kingdom’s position as a welcoming, accessible, family destination with an incredibly diverse range of retail experiences from luxury malls to traditional souks to luxury boutiques coupled with unbeatable bargains and promotions.

Shop Bahrain brings together an exciting calendar of events including VIVA Shop & Skate, the largest outdoor ice-skating skating rink in the GCC region housed outside Al A’ali Shopping Complex. The event is dubbed to be “one that the family can enjoy” and will feature a shopping bazaar and other special attractions during the weekend. Other fun-filled attractions include inmall activities such as Bungee Jumping held in Al A’ali Shopping Complex, a cinema event dedicated for children as well as the Kamikaze Fireflies show among other entertainment activities. A weekly and grand raffle draw will also be held offering visitors and residents the opportunity to win big and amazing prizes.

GO: Visit www.shopbahrain.com for more information


Sweet Symphony

Music fans, this one’s for you! Missa Johnouchi and the Bahrain Music Band will take to the stage at the Bahrain National Theatre on January 19, to perform a musical set that will leave you in awe. Missa Johnouchi is an artist of many talents. Named the UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2006, the Japanese singer, composer, and pianist is a prolific performer who creates enchanting New Age music infused with the unmistakable spirit of the Far East. Missa began composing music for various TV programmes and theatrical releases while still a student at the Academic Institute of Music of Toho in Japan.

This success led her to France where she became a protégé of legendary composer Jean-Claude Petit. To date, Missa has produced dozens of albums and performed everywhere from the USA, China, Tunisia, Italy, Australia, Venezuela, Peru, Canada, Macedonia, Romania, France and many more great venues around the world. For her concert in Bahrain, she will take the stage accompanied by the Bahrain Music Band – a musical ensemble formed in 1998 to support the development of promising Bahraini musical talents and the advancement of the nation’s cultural movement as a whole.

GO: Missa Johnouchi and the Bahrain Music Band performance takes place on January 19 at the Bahrain National Theatre at 7pm. For ages 10 and over. Tickets are available from Virgin Megastore outlets and online at www.virginmegastore.me

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Speed Networking

In a first of its kind, a speed-dating style networking event, SME Majlis (meet the big boys), between small and large companies, took place at the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce last month. Within two hours, 320 introductions were made between large companies and smaller suppliers discussing business opportunities. Each corporate was assigned its own Majlis, in a semi-formal arrangement, wherein the SME’s had 10 minutes to pitch their product or service and try to build new working relationships.

Mr. Mohammed Almoayyed, Chairman of the SME Committee, said: “We decided that we wanted to do something different and beneficial for small and medium companies instead of bombarding them with lectures and training courses as per the norm. This event is our reaction to what the SME’s have been demanding of us: more access to the market, and more business. I would like to thank the entire committee, and especially Hamed Fakhro for his hard work in making this event a success.”

Vice Chairman, Hamed Fakhro, added: “Due to the event’s success, this will be the first of an annual tradition, where large companies can give back to the community by doing more business with local firms, as well as explore what new innovations are out there.” The large companies who participated were: Viva, Zain, BDB (Bahrain Development Bank), GPIC, ASRY, Mohammed Fakhroo & Bros, YK Almoayyed, KPMG, Bahrain Duty Free, BAC (Bahrain Airport Company), Crowne Plaza Hotel, Gulf Hotel, Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo WLL.

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Spectacular Shopping

The Autumn Fair 2016, one of Bahrain’s largest and most popular annual consumer products exhibitions, is returning to the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre from January 26 to February 4. Held under the patronage of the Bahrain Ministry of Industry and Commerce, the show will cover a massive 15,400 square metres of space this year, where visitors can look forward to more choice, new exhibitors, unique products and thousands of potential bargains at this shopping extravaganza.

Due to popular demand, the show’s duration has also increased from nine to 10 days, giving visitors an extra day of shopping fun. Over 750 exhibitors from 21 countries will showcase products from across the globe at the Autumn Fair 2016. A huge variety of goods will go on sale, ranging from specialty food, fashion and furniture, to technology, toys, textiles and much more. An outdoor children’s play area, alive band and costume characters also form part of the entertainment.

Entry to the Autumn Fair 2016 is 800 fils. Children under the age of five go free. The exhibition will open daily to the public. Visit www.theautumnfair.com for opening times and more information.


Ladies Christmas Scramble Success

Christmas came early this year for Sara Axtell, Jan Watson, Anne Kesterton and Sanne Smith when they won the Royal Golf Club’s ladies section annual Christmas Golf Tournament. The team achieved a nett score of 58.4. The dubious honour of having played the most golf went to Lady Captain Anne Quintino and team mates Jenny McDonald and Araceli Deakin who achieved a team nett score of 74.8. The ladies, most of whom wore Christmasthemed outfits, started off their festive activities with a putting contest using a chocolate egg at the Club’s practice putting green.

This was followed by an 18 hole Texas Scramble golf tournament featuring a number of fun side contests including a best FootGolf shot of the day, most golf balls lost and shortest drive. The day was rounded off with a prize giving ceremony and traditional Christmas lunch in the Club’s Repartee Lounge with festive music, Christmas crackers and a Secret Santa gift presentation. Outgoing 2015 Lady Captain Anne Quintino thanked Sohail Singh, the Royal Golf Club’s Golf Events Manager, for putting on such a great day for the ladies.

GO: Email golfevents@theroyalgolfclub.com for more information about upcoming events at Royal Golf Club.