Listen up – Bahrain’s April Happenings

Entertainment at Meisei

Like every month, one of our favourite spots in town, Meisei, will be hosting more amazing events and evenings of great food and entertainment in April. On April 21, enjoy An Evening with Azmy Magdy who has become a celebrity performer in Egypt and now tours venues the world over. He’ll be performing his unique violin, improve-style, only at Meisei! Azmy will be accompanied by Meisei’s resident DJ, who’ll be spinning an eclectic mix of Arabic fusion beats to keep you dancing until the early hours.

Dining starts as usual at 7pm, and the artist will begin the show at 9.30pm (no addition charge to enjoy the performance!). Meisei is also hosting a very special evening for all the foodies and vino connoisseurs out there with the Omakase Wine Pairing Evening. Omakase – meaning dishes selected by the chef – pairing evening, will see the unique flavours of the venue’s fusion delicacies being showcased. Chef Michael selects wines from both the new and old world to combine with four courses of Japanese fusion fare. At BD40 per person, you really can’t go wrong!

GO: Call 1700 0770 for reservations and more information

Azmy Magdy Meisei

Maki Mayhem

Just when you thought you’d seen (and tasted) it all, along comes another innovative foodie creation in Bahrain, and this time it’s at Maki. Putting a spin on the traditional set menu idea, where diners could be presented with anything up to a whopping 10 small portions of food, Maki is giving visitors the chance to go on a culinary journey with the brand new one dish tasting menu. Enter the Oliver Maki! A revolutionary, visionary dish conceived by Oliver Zeitoun, the co-founder of Maki Group. “My brother has always been an avid foodie, and a gourmand, since a young age,” Amer Zeitoun, co-founder and managing partner of Maki Group, explains.

“He has always experimented with ingredients of different tastes and textures.” So what is the Oliver Maki? Simply, it’s a maki roll that contains eight distinctly different maki rolls, with 30 diverse ingredients, sauces, and toppings. Each maki roll provides the diner with a unique experience. From the tangy, to the crunchy, to the soft, to the sweet, the citrusy, and the spicy, you literally have eight different mini dishes on your plate! How incredibly delicious does that sound?

GO: Visit Maki at Bahrain World Trade Centre and try the Oliver Maki today! Call 1752 2733 for reservations and more information


Rotana’s Five-Star Opening

Last month the newest addition to the Rotana’s portfolio in Bahrain was opened; the five-star Downtown Rotana hotel. Rising amidst the traditional backdrops of Manama souq and modern vistas of the Kingdom’s central business and financial districts, this 26-storey property is the third in the Rotana Group’s Bahrain based portfolio and 42nd in GCC – how’s that for fast expansion? The hotel offers 249 stylish, upscale rooms, complemented by a host of facilities catering to the growing needs of the modern business and leisure travellers looking to be at the centre of commerce, culture and entertainment.

Speaking during the inaugural ceremony, Mr. Nasser Al Nowais, Chairman of Rotana Hotel Management Corporation, said: “Downtown Rotana is our third presence in the country; we look forward to further strengthening our presence in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and are constantly striving to develop the local tourism sector.” Downtown Rotana brings four new dining concepts to Bahrain’s bustling culinary scene with award-winning Teatro Downtown taking centre stage as the hotel’s signature restaurant. The all-day dining venue Flavours on 2 is a relaxed setting amidst bursts of colour with a variety of succulent delights and international tastes.

The City Lobby Lounge is a true testament of the hotel’s elegance and, lastly, the Sundeck Pool Bar features a variety of snacks and beverages to keep guests cool and revitalised. The hotel also offers a choice of leisure facilities including a rooftop swimming pool, a host of meeting facilities, Bodylines Fitness and Wellness Club with professional instructors and a fully-equipped gym, as well as a sauna, steam-room, Jacuzzi and treatment rooms, in addition to all the comforts of five-star living.

GO: Call 1311 9999 for reservations and more information.

Downtown Rotana

DHL’s Annual Charity Event

The DHL Barbarians, one of the world’s leading logistics company’s rugby team, will play against Bahrain Select in the annual Memorial Charity Rugby Match, in the hopes of walking away with the Memorial Trophy. The match will take place on April 28 at Bahrain Rugby Club, and will see the two teams take part in a game which will help to raise funds for local and international charities. Last year, a total of BD5000 was raised and donated to charities in Bahrain including the Christian Cemetery, The BSPCA, Bahrain Red Crescent, The Dog Father and REA. Go and show your support for a great cause – match day is set to be a lot of fun!

GO: The match will be held on April 28 at the Bahrain Rugby Club, starting at 7pm.
Call 3346 4700 for more information


Luxury Living

The privately-owned real estate investment company, Bin Faqeeh, has officially launched a five-year plan known as the Limited 5 which entails the launch of an exclusive limited edition luxury project each year for five years, starting 2015. These properties reward its tenants with luxurious lifestyle experiences unlike any in the entire GCC. The Limited 5 plan commenced with the development of an exclusive residential apartment building with a commercial shopping front on the ground floor known as Waterbay. It is situated in the prime location of Bahrain Bay facing the Four Seasons Hotel. The design concept is to create homely yet high-end luxury accommodation that is synonymous with comfort and draws similarity to a superior hotel lifestyle experience.

An aerial view of the glassed property resembles a yacht that sparkles in the sun with an ultimate chic and premium architectural design. The wide corridors create an illusion of a five-star hotel, while the rooftop houses a running track with the most breathtaking view of Bahrain’s skyline and the sea. Other facilities include a swimming pool, gyms segregated for men and women, prayer rooms, movie theatres, a nursery, multi-purpose rooms, restaurants and coffee shops with delivery.

Since a majority of Bin Faqeeh’s clients are from neighbouring GCC countries, a luxury car transportation facility with a concierge service to and from the property has been made available in addition to water taxi services to Avenue Mall via an exclusive collaboration with Bahrain Bay. If this sounds like your kind of luxury living, get in touch with Bin Faqeeh today!

GO: Follow @BinFaqeeh_Co on Instagram for more information.


Calling Classical Music Fans

On April 2, members of the British Paraorchestra will perform a bespoke six-piece ensemble of a mixed repertoire of contemporary and classical group and solo pieces, for all the classical music lovers in Bahrain. Artistic Director Charles Hazlewood is the musical curator behind this special show which will take place at the Shaikh Ebrahim Center for Culture and Research.

Visitors can experience the orchestra’s sound up close and personal in a new and uniquely entertaining format. Doors open for the concert at 7.30pm with a capacity for 300+ guests. Refreshments and finger food will be served during the performance too

GO: Visit for more information.


Flying With the Wind

German kitesurfer and world-record holder, Anke Brandt, kite-surfed 298 kilometres from Bahrain to Doha during the GET Kite Mission-Kitesurf Arabia, breaking her previous world record. Anke currently holds the world record for the longest distance kite-surfed by a woman. “By kiting for over 17 hours, I managed to break my previous record of 250 kilometres,” she said. The kitesurfer, accompanied by a team on-board a support boat, braved the night and mother nature when she began her journey from ART Rotana, Amwaj Islands on March 17 at 4pm (GMT+3). “The goal of the mission was to raise $5,500 for Wings for Life, a charity organisation which is trying to make spinal cord injury curable through on-going research,” Anke added. The initial aim of the GET Kite Mission-Kitesurf Arabia was to kite-surf 550 kilometres from Bahrain to Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.

However, weather conditions prevented the team from doing so. “We tried to pick the perfect day but things can change and this time the weather moved in too fast, so we had to make the call to stop at Doha,” Anke explained. Donations are still welcome and can be made through Anke’s website at

GO: Follow @ankeinbrandt on Instagram to keep up with Anke’s adventures and for more information.


Band Together for Music

The Harvesters Pub & Terrace at Crowne Plaza Bahrain brings new performers to enthral and reinvent nightlife in Bahrain with a collaboration between a nine-piece party band called Street Beat and a fourpiece all-female dance crew called Girls Generation. This talented and diverse bunch ensures crowd satisfaction with their
notable live performances. Street Beat is made up of four female vocalists, a male vocalist and four rhythm sections. Having performed in notable venues and events in the Philippines, Street Beat ensures exciting live performances and riveting musical cover arrangements.

This band is backed up with a very diverse repertoire, catering to almost all kinds of genres ranging from contemporary ballads, classic rocks to the most recent upbeat music. Girls Generation is a four-piece, all-female dance crew from diverse performing backgrounds. These ladies’ individuality truly represents girl power, backed up with their compelling moves and enticing dance routines, making them truly unique as a group.

GO: Call 1753 1122 for Harvesters Pub & Terrace reservations and more information.