November Bahrain Happenings…

NYE Roaring 20’s Ball

It’s often said that the way you spend your New Year’s Eve is an indication of how you’ll spend the next year. So in order to ensure that 2016 is an extremely memorable and fun year, you’ve got to ring in the New Year in the most wonderful way. At Crowne Plaza Bahrain, an elegant night of vintage glamour is set to bring in the New Year with a bang! The Roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve Ball will be filled with exciting entertainment and a great atmosphere. The evening will start with an exquisite gala dinner with free flowing selected beverages. Spectacular entertainment will usher on the night, which will see performances from a jazz band, Frankie’s friends with Christine Gordon, international dance troupes and a live DJ. This exclusive event will be held at the Crowne Plaza’s main ball room in the Diplomatic area. Musical ambiance will be provided, and the dress code is chic and couture ballroom. All guests can enjoy complimentary party favours, balloon drop, a champagne toast at midnight and many more surprises. To top it off, there’s a special tailored room package, which includes two tickets to the event, breakfast for two and double accommodation, for a snazzy BD190 net. You can both enjoy a night of fun, party and celebration, without having to worry about making the journey back home! ✤

GO: Early Bird tickets for The Roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve Ball are BD63 (book before December 10) and General Admission tickets are BD70. Call 1753 1122 for reservations and more information.

The Poppy Ball is Back!

The Bahrain British Business Forum (BBBF) will hold its annual Poppy Ball at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel on November 18. One of the highlights on Bahrain’s yearly social calendar, this popular event will be held in collaboration with the British Business Association from the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. As every year, one of the attractions at the Poppy Ball is the attendance of The Chelsea Pensioners as VIP Guests of Honour. This year, the BBBF is pleased to welcome to the ball Lord Digby Jones (former Minister of State for Trade and Investment) as the VIP Guest Speaker.

The BBBF will host three Chelsea pensioners this year: Sergeant Derek Layton, 73, Guardsman David Macintyre, 82; and Private John Honey, aged 76. Mr. Khalid Al Zayani OBE, Chairman of the BBBF, pointed out that this is made possible with the support of local businesses. He said: “The Pensioners immensely enjoy coming to Bahrain and always comment on the warm welcome they receive here. I would like to thank those who supported them this year; including main sponsors British Airways, Euro Motors, Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel and Gulf Brands International.” ✤

GO: The Poppy Ball will start at 7pm with a welcome reception and a buffet dinner, followed by a DJ from 9.30pm till late. Dress code is evening or cocktail dresses for ladies and dinner suits with black ties or national dress for gents. Call 1781 3488 for reservations and more information.

Sign Up For the 8th Beat Diabetes Walk Bahrain

DiabetesAl Rashid Group, one of the region’s leading retail and hospitality conglomerates, will host the 8th edition of the Beat Diabetes Walk at Dohat Arad Park, Muharraq, on November 12, set to begin at 4pm.The Beat Diabetes Walk will span approximately three kilometres. Including the walk, the venue will also offer a host of complimentary fun-filled activities, including special fitness activities like children’s entertainment with face painting and balloon bending, an on-site DJ and live acts. Stands serving healthy snacks will also be set up at the venue. To raise awareness about diabetes in the region, the annual Beat Diabetes Walk will also offer free blood glucose testing to all participants. Registrations for the annual Beat Diabetes Walk can be completed online at until November 11, and on the day of the walk at the venue. All registered participants will receive a walkathon kit comprising a Beat Diabetes T-shirt and cap which can be collected at the Dohat Arad Park starting 2pm onwards. Announcing the walk, Vikas Attri, Chief Operating Officer Al Rashid Group Bahrain, said: “The walk is a very important annual event for us, it brings the community together and raises awareness about a condition that is steadily growing in prevalence in the region. Like every year we hope to see the community join us and make this event a success.” ✤

GO: Follow @beatdiabetes on Twitter.

Straight Outta Mexico

Cantina Kahlo

Authentic Mexican cuisine has officially arrived in Bahrain, and it goes by  the name of Cantina Kahlo. Located within The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain, the beautiful Cantina Kahlo artfully blends 5-star service with Mexican flair for a dining experience like no other.

The gastronomic journey begins with the location. Positioned adjacent to the legendary Trader Vic’s, Cantina Kahlo welcomes diners with an equally glamourous atmosphere inspired by the bold art and colours of Mexico. The restaurant then opens onto an al fresco terrace nestled in a lush garden. From here, guests can gaze over the turquoise waters of the private beach of The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain.

Such a setting demands an extraordinary menu, which is precisely what Chef Cesar Daniel de Leon Torres delivers. Working with a fully dedicated team of chefs from Mexico, Chef Torres has composed a menu of dishes and flavours native to Mexico. Selections include artisanal tacos, ceviche, and guacamole as well as favourites like “sopes” and mouthwatering “flautas”, besides other delicacies ranging from pulled chicken and roasted pineapple sour cream to field mushrooms and beef tongue.

In a nod to authenticity, Chef Torres, who joins the team in Bahrain after honing his skills in the most renowned Mexican restaurants in Miami, works primarily with ingredients imported directly from Mexico. Additionally, guests can pair their meal with one of Cantina Kahlo’s meticulously curated Mexican ales or cocktails, and the famous Mexican Cola, “Jarritos”.

There’s also the Kahlo Club, an outdoor lounge adjacent to Cantina Kahlo, which serves a light menu to act as an extension of this new and exciting dining concept. ✤

GO: Call 1758 0000 for reservations and more information.