Things to do in Bahrain: August

Olympic fun, summer camp, footgolf, brunch, football and more

Rio Olympics 2016
People all over the world will be tuning in to watch the Rio 2016 Olympics this month, from Friday August 5, when the spectacular opening ceremony takes place. Athletes from more than 200 countries around the globe are descending on Brazil to compete at the highest level of their sport. From archery to badminton and the 1,500 metres to javelin, more than 10,000 of the world’s fastest, most agile and most impressive sports stars will be battling it out for the 2,102 gold, silver and bronze medals that are up for grabs at this year’s event. To find out which of Bahrain’s Olympians to look out for, turn to page 63. Otherwise, it’s time to turn on the telly (it’s on OSN).
Friday August 5 – Sunday August 21. Visit www.rio2016.com.

August 1-5

Book this

Are the kids getting bored? It might be time to sign them up to a summer camp. The Royal Beach Club invites children aged four to 12 to get involved with activities that focus on water, land, culture and environmental responsibility.
BD25 per day, BD155 per week. Sun-Thu 10am-4pm. Until August 11. The Ritz-Carlton, Seef (17 586 612).

Eat this

“Sakana” is the Japanese word for “fish” and this is what Bushido’s new promotional menu focuses on. With dishes such as the mint gravlax nigiri and a beetroot quinoa seabass, it’s bound to be a hit. Pass us the chopsticks.
Prices vary. Until August 31. Bushido, Seef (17 583 555).

Hear this

As the nightlife scene gets started again, Cuban band QBA Inside is new to the country and performing every night at Sofitel’s beautiful Tapas Bar, as well as during the hotel’s popular Friday brunch. Catch them while you can.
Free. Sat-Thu 9.30pm; Fri from 1pm. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, Zallaq (17 636 363).

August 6-10

A new exhibition

The world’s longest-running, furthest-spanning art project has arrived in Bahrain at Malja and is seeking to turn the exhibition’s visitors into the artists. Invented by Hans-Ulrich Obrist and curated here by Al Riwaq Art Space, the Middle Eastern version of do it involves more than 70 artists from around the region, who have created instructions for the onlookers to follow and create their own artworks with. Turn to page 60 to find out more.
Free. Until August 13. Malja, Amwaj Islands (32 323 000).

Get an indoor hobby
With more time to spend indoors this season, it might be a good idea to pick up a new, AC-friendly hobby. The Bahrain Writers’ Circle are meeting on August 8, 9 and 15, and welcome all first-timers to come along. Share your prose and ideas with like-minded folk, and get valuable feedback. Don’t be shy.
Free (members), BD10 (annual membership fee). August 8, 9 and 15, from 7.30pm. Umami Restaurant, Adliya. Call 39 574 795.

Make time for fashion

These fun, funky, unisex watches make for the perfect arm candy this season. Available in an array of bright, eye-catching colours, they’re about far more than just telling the time. They’re the ultimate ’90s fashion statement for the 2016 holiday season.
Hour Choice, City Centre Bahrain (17 178 438).

Try footgolf

Don’t waste the summer inside when Bahrain has so many fun activities to play outdoors. Yes, we know it’s hot, but the evenings are bearable, so we suggest heading to the Royal Golf Club for a round of footgolf – a hybrid sport which, funnily enough, is a mix of football and golf – every Sunday evening. The climate is no longer an excuse to be a couch potato.
BD5 per adult, BD3 per child. Sun, from 6.30pm. The Royal Golf Club, Riffa Views (17 750 777).

Fisherman’s voyage

If there’s one food we can’t get enough of, it’s oysters. Which is why you’ll find us at the brand-new seafood night at Choices Terrace every Thursday this month. Alongside those fresh molluscs, you’ll find all manner of fish and seafood from across the world on the buffet. Plus mixed beverages and live entertainment. Our kind of night.
BD16++ (food and soft drinks), BD25++ (with house beverages). Thu 7pm-10.30pm. Art Rotana, Amwaj Islands (16 000 111).

August 11-14

re Asian brunch is back

From Saturday August 13 the award-winning restaurant re Asian Cuisine | Wolfgang Puck is relaunching its relatively new Saturday brunch. Indulge in six creative Asian fusion dishes over the course of the afternoon, such as Korean fried chicken bao buns or brisket wontons. Beverage deals are also available. Turn to page 44 to read our thoughts on this new kind of brunch.
BD19++. Sat 12.30pm-3.30pm. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay (17 115 000).

Watch the footie

The new season of Premier League football kicks off with a tense match between last year’s surprise champions, Leicester City, and Hull City on Saturday August 13. Luckily, British pub Sherlock Holmes is screening this and all the other matches for 38 weeks until we find out who wins once more. Reckon it’ll be Leicester?
Free. 5pm-2am, August 13-May 21. Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Adliya (17 713 000).

Sign up for this
Make your child’s summer holidays educational by enrolling them in Pingu’s English summer camp. It’s not all English lessons – there are also games, dance sessions, art and crafts for the little ones to get involved with.
BD75 for three sessions per week. Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed 10am-1.30pm. Seef Mall, Seef (17 002 977).

August 15-18

La Bohème
Few operas have enjoyed such widespread popularity as Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème. In fact, in the Metropolitan’s more than one hundred years only Aida has received more performances. Find out what all the fuss is about at La Fontaine on Tuesday August 16, when there’s a screening.
BD10 (can be used as credit in the restaurant on the same evening). Tue August 16, from 8pm. La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art & Spa, Hoora (17 230 123).

A new Latin band
Love a bit of Latin flavour in your tunes? Then check out the new Colombian band Rumbo Norte at An Nada Lounge. These lovely ladies perform live every day except Saturday. It’s also ladies’ night on Mondays.
Free. Sun-Wed 9.15pm-12.45am, Thu-Fri 9.15pm-1.30am. Sheraton Bahrain, Manama (17 533 533).

allo&lugh

Find your funky kids some trendy new threads at brand-new store allo&lugh. The leading Korean baby and toddler brand has a range of clothes for newborns to kids aged 12 and under.
Seef Mall, Seef (77 911 113).

Sukiyaki hot pot

The stunning restaurant, bar and lounge Imari has launched a brand-new sukiyaki hot pot promotion on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Eat as much as you can of the traditional Japanese beef hot pot and soak in the trendy vibes.
BD17++ (one set). Tue and Thu 7pm-10.30pm. The Domain Hotel & Spa, Diplomatic Area (16 000 000).

August 19-22

A new kind of Saturday
Award-winning seafood restaurant La Mer is now putting on a Saturday lunch spread, with a lovely à la carte menu and fresh fish display. Head over to enjoy a relaxed, elegant afternoon.
BD18 (food and soft drinks), BD26 (with house beverages). Sat 12.30pm-3.30pm. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, Zallaq (17 636 363).

Italian brunch
Diplomat Radisson Blu’s Friday fiesta is spread across four areas and usually has a whopping spread of international favourites. On August 19, however, it’s focusing on fresh Italian food for a fun and themed afternoon.
BD34 (food and drinks). Fri August 19, noon-3.30pm. Diplomat Radisson Blu, Diplomatic Area (17 531 666).

Book a bargain staycation

We know, we’re getting fed up of the heat too, which is why, instead of moaning, we’re celebrating the season of excellent hotel deals. Who says you need to fly anywhere to have a holiday? All you need to do is book a room for a slashed rate and have an awesome staycation right here Bahrain (and relax in the pictured room at Four Seasons Bahrain Bay, for example). Why not try it yourself this weekend?

August 23-26

Get your Tchitchi Doll

Jump on a trending bandwagon and grab your own Tchitchi Doll from Seventh Heaven. Introduced by TV personality and fashionista Fadia Dekmak, these little handbag accessories from the Beirut-based brand have recently taken the local fashion world by storm. There are at least 50 designs available.
Seventh Heaven, A’ali Shopping Complex, Seef (17 582 717).

Kids stay fit all season
Keep your kids off the couch for at least three days a week this summer by registering them for Tribal Fitness’ summer camp. It’s open to little ones aged five to 15 and will teach them how to have fun while staying healthy.
From BD35, once per week. Until August 25. Budaiya Highway (17 300 859).

Relaxation time

Don’t let the summer lull stress you out – head to Reborn Spa for a relaxing aromatherapy session instead. This summer, they have a range of discounts available on massages, body wraps, Moroccan baths and hammams, starting from BD45. Also, when you book a massage, Elemis facial or hammam treatment on weekdays, you pay just BD8 extra for a waxing, manicure or pedicure.
Prices vary. Ramee Rose Hotel, Juffair (17 616 167).

Lady in red

Ladies, there’s a brand-new beverage deal for you in town at Downtown Rotana. If you’re wearing red, then head to Teatro’s bar-lounge where there are house beverages and snacks available for BD10. You can then continue on and dine in the fusion restaurant Teatro and have free-flowing beverages and desserts. Oh, and the lady who wears red the best will get a prize, too. Sorted.
BD10. Mon and Wed 7pm-9pm. Teatro Downtown is open 6pm-1am. Downtown Rotana, Manama (13 119 999).

August 27-31

Munch on this

Renowned for great food and even better pastries, Paul Bakery and Restaurant has a few new tasty tricks up its sleeve this season. For instance, there’s a brand-new selection of waffles to choose from, with fresh fruits piled on top, until August 31. There’s also a range of new summer drinks, with fruity flavours, available until September 30.
Prices vary. Dates vary. Various locations including Seef Mall, Seef (17 580 073).

Indulge in prime cuts
Cut by Wolfgang Puck went on a month-long hiatus and it’s reopening on Monday August 29, ready to welcome all foodies and steak lovers into its elegant dining room once more. This also means the awesome Friday brunch is back.
Four Seasons Bahrain Bay (17 115 000).

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