The Holy Month is upon us once more and as many of us prepare to fast, the hotels and restaurants around the island are getting ready to serve a medley of traditional Middle Eastern dishes for iftar and during their ghabgas. For instance, the Sheraton Hotel Bahrain has decked out the Awali Ballroom (pictured), and is offering diners a giant buffet spread, filled with customary Ramadan dishes and other international options for a super special iftar.
From BD16++, free (children under four). Sheraton Hotel, Manama (17 533 533).
Summer is here, says Starbucks, which has recently launched the Festival of Frappuccino. What exactly is that, you ask? Well, a range of ice-blended goodness, of course. This includes the all-new Green Tea Frappuccino and the return of the Mocha Cookie Crumble.
Various locations including City Centre Bahrain, Seef (17 177 771).
Before the season of brunching ends for the summer, Choices is throwing one last bash within its air-conditioned terrace area.
BD34. Fri June 3, 12.30pm-4.30pm. Art Rotana, Amwaj Islands (16 000 111).
Check out pop-up shop Lulu Al Amin, with its wares inspired by Italian linen stores, easy summer days and life’s simple luxuries. This includes easy-to-wear clothes for men, women and children, as well as scented candles and hand-painted table items.
June 2-4. Al A’ali Shopping Complex, Seef, www.lulwaalamin.com.
Find local designers
Souq Ramadan is back at La Fontaine, with a bazaar and suhoor buffet. The event showcases fashion and lifestyle designers and brands, such as the event’s curator Azza Al Hujairi’s jewellery. The Generous Light Company are there, too, showcasing items like the necklace pictured. A quarter of the proceeds will also go to Dream’s Society, helping terminally ill kids.
BD12. June 8-9, 8pm (bazaar), 10pm (buffet). La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art, Hoora (17 230 123).
Get a discounted membership
Hankering after a fancy beach club membership? Well, if you apply at the Art Rotana during Ramadan, you’ll get a ten percent discount, as well as one extra month completely free. What are you waiting for? Whip out the surf board now.
Prices vary. Valid during Ramadan. Art Rotana, Amwaj Islands (16 000 111).
Find deals at dragon city
Summer Surprise Month is in full swing at Dragon City right now. Fun family activities, such as cupcake decoration and an indoor kids’ cinema are going on, and you can also find promotions across over 240 outlets in the giant Chinese-themed super mall. Oh, and get the chance to win instant gifts if you spend BD20 in selected stores.
Shop and win
Your ultimate shopping experience awaits at Moda Mall this month. When you spend just BD20 at the mall, you get chance to win a BD10,000 shopping voucher (that’s more like it). Throughout Ramadan, festivities are taking place, such as a month-long exhibition of works by renowned Bahraini artist Rashid Al Oraifi, musical performances and a pop-up Nail Bar over the last three days.
June 6-July 9. Timings vary, 9pm-2am (music performances and nail bar activities). Moda Mall, Bahrain World Trade Centre, www.modabahrain.com.
Buy three, get one free
Are you Better Together, asks The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain? Or, at least, that’s the name of their new summer package, which allows guests to stay for three nights and pay for just two. This includes free accommodation for two children per room – and free dining for under-12s, breakfast, 20 percent off on food and beverages in selected restaurants, access to Ritz Kids activities, and 25 percent off on selected spa treatments. Sounds like a good deal to us.
Prices vary. Until September 17. The Ritz-Carlton, Seef (17 580 000).
UEFA Euro 2016
Twenty-four of the world’s top national football teams go head-to-head in the UEFA Euro 2016 championship, being held in France. It promises to be an epic battle between the titans, leaving footie fans hanging onto their seats (like Leicester City fans were recently). We’ve got the fixtures, team profiles and controversial opinions from the pundits on page 34.
Matches are being shown on beIN Sports.
Book a staycation
We think it’s time for a staycation. Art Rotana has a two-night weekday escape package, with 20 percent discounts on the best available rates, when you can treat yourself with beach access, a free breakfast and 15 percent off on selected spa treatments. The hotel is particularly great for families, thanks to its many kids’ activities, but also hungry diners, as there’s a tasty iftar and ghabga buffet being served during Ramadan.
From BD70++. Ongoing. Art Rotana, Amwaj Islands (16 000 111).
Put pen to paper with the Bahrain Writers’ Circle at Umami restaurant. On June 13, the general monthly gathering of budding scribes takes place, followed by a meeting of like-minded poets the next day.
BD10 (annual membership). June 13-14, 7.30pm. Umami, Block 338 (Bahrain Writers’ Circle: 39 574 795).
Early bird offer
Start planning your Eid holidays now. If you book a minimum of three nights at the Crowne Plaza Bahrain, you can take advantage of a special Eid rate of BD60++ per room, per night. This incudes breakfast for two, late check-out, and 15 percent off on selected spa treatments.
BD60++ per room, per night. Book before Wed June 15 for stays between July 1-12. Crowne Plaza Bahrain, Diplomatic Area (17 531 122).
Bag an awesome gift
Bahrain celebrates Father’s Day this year on Sunday June 19, so now’s the time to buy a lovely present, like these smart shoes from Portuguese brand Sacoor Brothers.
Sacoor Brothers, City Centre Bahrain, Seef (17 008 565).
Get a summer passport
There are loads of exciting deals going on at The Royal Golf Club this summer, and it’s not just about teeing off. If you pay BD5, you get your very own Summer Passport and with it comes a range of discounts on lessons, merchandise, food, beverages, country club day passes (that’s the gym and leisure facilities) and more. Now you can’t blame us, or them, if you’re bored this season.
BD5. Until August 31. The Royal Golf Club, Riffa Views (17 750 777).
Kids’ summer camp
Art Rotana really is going all-out this summer. Not only do you get beach club deals and discounted overnight stays, they’re also hosting a kids’ summer camp, with activities such as arts and crafts, as well as time for them to splash about in the private waterpark. It’s open to kids aged six to 14.
BD18 (with lunch). Sun, Tue, Thu, 9.30am-3pm. Art Rotana, Amwaj Islands (16 000 111).
Join a creative workshop
Missed the monthly Bahrain Writers’ Circle meeting? Never fear, as there’s a creative writing workshop so you can get encouragement and feedback on your musings from your fellow scribes.
BD10 (annual membership). Mon June 20, 7.30pm. Umami, Block 338 (Bahrain Writers’ Circle: 39 574 795).
It’s officially the middle of Ramadan, which means that it’s Gergaoun and it’s all about the children. On the 15th day of the Holy Month, Four Seasons Bahrain Bay is paying tribute to the day with fun activities, sweets, traditional songs and storytelling, for all iftar diners.
BD25++ (adults), half price (kids five to 11), free (under-fives). June 21 (on or around), sunset-8pm. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay (17 115 500).
New beginnings in art
Bahraini artist Khalid Kanoo’s exhibition New Beginning at Al Riwaq Art Space embraces experimentation and joy over fear, using oil and acrylic on canvas to produce heavily-worked works in a rainbow of vistas. His energetic brush strokes and vivid hues signify movement and aim to reflect a sense of child-like play.
Until June 24. Al Riwaq Art Space, Block 338 (17 717 441).
Learn to move
Want to learn how to pop and lock? Get yourself down to BeFit at the Crowne Plaza hotel, where there’s a hip-hop dance class, introducing you to the basics. All you need is a passion to move – no prior dance experience is required.
BD3 (members), BD5 (non-members). Sun 7pm-8pm, Fri 10am-11am. Crowne Plaza Bahrain, Diplomatic Area (17 531 122).
The newest iftar deal in town at the newest hotel in town
To celebrate its first Ramadan ever, Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj Islands is hosting an iftar buffet at its Amwaj Hall with traditional bites and beverages.
BD8 (adults), BD4 (kids six to 11), free (kids under five). Sunset-9pm. Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj Islands (16 000 099).
Cut-price golf lessons
Ever fancied having a swing at golf (pun intended, sorry), but think it’s too expensive? Then check out The Royal Golf Club’s introductory group golf lessons this summer. Beginners can join in for BD20 each, and enjoy a two-hour session with a pro instructor.
BD20 (includes tuition, equipment hire, golf balls and refreshments). Mon 6pm, Sat 4pm. The Royal Golf Club, Riffa Views (17 750 777).
Call Out II
Creative arts hub Malja recently launched its second annual open-call exhibition Call Out II, which brings together a range of local artists from across the island who use a variety of techniques in their works. There are no themes, only the desire to showcase the best of Bahrain’s up-and-coming talents.
Until July 19. Malja, Amwaj Islands, www.malja.redbull.com.
The importance of kids learning how to swim young, especially while living on an island, cannot be understated. That’s why we suggest signing your sprogs up for Art Rotana’s swimming lessons that are both safe and fun.
BD10 per lesson. Sat-Wed 5.30pm-6.30pm. Art Rotana, Amwaj Islands (16 000 111).
New offer at Links
Links has eschewed the regular Friday brunch format for a “no brunch weekend”. Pick your regular à la carte favourites, or try out the new roast dinner with all the trimmings (a variety of meats are available). There is also a selected beverage package available. This month, you’ll need to be a Gastro Member of the club to access dining areas (BD70 per year, including plenty of vouchers to use year-round).
BD10 (roast dinner). Fri, from noon. Royal Golf Club, Riffa (17 751 262).