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Publisher’s Note

Rowena Mariano AlMusawi


There are definite signs that Spring is in the air – birds are leaving for cooler climates, greenery sprouts from what was recently waste ground, and gardens are blooming. All this despite the unprecedented thunder storms that lashed our Island. However, rain or shine, life goes on and this quarter’s Marhaba fil Bahrain features some fantastic up-and-coming events, as well as a variety of food articles that are sure to stir your taste buds. Bahrain is all about the fast lane in April – Formula 1 comes to our shores for three thrilling days: 14, 15, 16 April. Entertainment isn’t geared only towards petrol heads – the Bahrain International Circuit will be hosting Ice Age-themed activities around the course (imagine dinosaurs wandering around) as well as superstars performing to the crowds at night – Enrique Iglesias, for starters! And for those of you who’d like a taste of all that speed, look out for our editorial team’s nail-biting 4×4 experience at the BIC.

Also taking advantage of the milder weather is the Spring of Culture, a popular fixture on the Island. World class performers are brought in with shows at venues throughout Bahrain – we’ll be snapping up our tickets for Tom Jones! One of the venues to offer their space is Bahrain Bay and Marhaba fil Bahrain’s Editor sat down with three key personalities to discuss its importance as it literally reshapes the Island’s landscape.

And with all that adrenaline and excitement, what better way to relax than with one of Bahrain’s modern customs– Friday Brunch. If you’ve not yet been, you’ll appreciate our review of the top brunches on offer. We also take a look at Theme nights and lots more during our culinary trip – from traditional Ramadan dishes, to international kitchens and their delicious offerings. It’s a gourmet’s delight.

Belafiya! (Bon appetit!)