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  • <p>A three-year agreement was signed between the APM Terminals Bahrain and the General Union of Marine Port Labours, providing a wide range of welfare services to hundreds of workers. It was signed by the company’s human resources general manager Jordana Semaan and Labour and Social Development Ministry Under-Secretary Sabah Al Doseri. Present were union chairman Osama Al Alawi and deputy chairman Salman Al Saad. Under the contract 500 APM Terminals Bahrain employees working at Khalifa Bin Salman Port will be offered with family medical insurance benefits and transportation allowance, unemployment insurance, training and promotion. Above, Ms Semaan signing the agreement with Mr Al Doseri, second from left, in the presence of the two union leaders.</p>
    Agreement signed between APM Terminals Bahrain and General Union of Marine Port Labours
    27-04-2018 00:00 AM
  • <p><em>Dr Al Nuaimi touring the exhibition.</em></p><p><em><br></em></p><p>Seventy schools are taking part in two exhibitions showcasing student creations and products. The School Creations Exhibition, in its 10th edition, was opened by Education Minister Dr Majid Al Nuaimi in the Education Ministry Hall, Isa Town. The minister also honoured participating schools. The exhibition is open until Monday, from 7.30am to 1.30pm, and student products can be purchased.</p>
    Seventy schools are taking part in two exhibitions showcasing student creations and products
    27-04-2018 00:00 AM
  • <p><em>Dr Al Nuaimi with one of the students and his artwork.</em></p>
    Seventy schools are taking part in two exhibitions showcasing student creations and products
    27-04-2018 00:00 AM
  • <p><em>A couple browse the collections.</em></p><p><br></p><p>Jeweller Devji Aurum has reported strong interest among brides-to-be during its Bridal Week. Five collections were available including diamonds and stones of different cuts, as well as rings, earrings, necklaces and more, at its City Centre Bahrain, Seef Mall and Al A’ali Shopping Complex stores.&nbsp;</p>
    Jeweller Devji Aurum has reported strong interest among brides-to-be during its Bridal Week
    27-04-2018 00:00 AM
  • <p><em>One of Devji Aurum’s sets on display.</em></p>
    Jeweller Devji Aurum has reported strong interest among brides-to-be during its Bridal Week
    27-04-2018 00:00 AM
  • <p>Bahrain Bourse (BHB) and INJAZ Bahrain have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance co-operation and deliver the Smart Investor specialised business-education programme. Targeted at elementary-level students, the programme aims to educate and empower them with basic financial literacy concepts. The agreement was signed by BHB chief executive Shaikh Khalifa bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and INJAZ Bahrain executive director Shaikha Hessa bint Khalifa Al Khalifa. Under the MoU, Bahrain Bourse in co-operation with INJAZ Bahrain will deliver the programme during the academic year 2018-19 at all government primary schools, to approximately 5,000 students of grade 4. The programme aims to introduce to students the concept of smart investing, saving and planning for their financial future through hands on learning and interactive activities.</p>
    Bahrain Bourse and InJAz Bahrain sign MoU
    26-04-2018 00:50 AM
  • <p>Y K Almoayyed and Sons (YKA) has launched the SUV and passenger car range of MRF Tyres. The launch event, held at the Crowne Plaza Bahrain, was attended by vice-chairman Fareed Almoayyed, general manager George Kutty, and officials from both YKA and MRF Tyres. YKA has been associated with MRF Tyres for over three decades by offering a wide range of tyres for various vehicles. Above, Mr Almoayyed, seventh from left, and Mr Kutty, sixth from left, with representatives at the launch ceremony.</p>
    YKA has launched the SUV and passenger car range of MRF Tyres
    26-04-2018 00:00 AM
  • <p><em>At the event are from left, HSBC Global Research Chief Trade Economist Douglas Lippoldt, HSBC Bahrain chief executive Melika Betley, Mr Williams and BBBF&rsquo;s head of Special Interest Groups Mark Gravener<b>&nbsp;</b></em></p>
<p>MANAMA: The economic outlook for the GCC and MENA region was discussed during the latest meeting of the Bahrain British Business Forum&rsquo;s (BBBF) Special Interest Group for Banking and Financial Services.<br /> The meeting was held at the Capital Club Bahrain in collaboration with HSBC Middle East and featured the bank&rsquo;s Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa chief economist Simon Williams as the keynote speaker.</p>
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    Economic outlook for the GCC and MENA region discussed
    26-04-2018 00:00 AM

Manama: Chief of Staff of Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) Lieutenant General Dhiab bin Saqr Al Nuaimi attended today the opening of the mobilisation drill "Dawn of Storms 22" at the Royal Bahrain Naval Force (RBNF) which is performed by RBNF with the participation of a number of BDF weaponries, the Interior Ministry's Coastguard and the National Guard. The military exercise is part of the "Dawn of Storms" series of drills aimed at training, grooming and raising the competence of the participants.

The exercise includes preparing and planning for naval combat operations, boosting combat readiness and carrying out training operations on command and control procedures. The drill aims to enhance the efficiency of RBNF weaponry and boost the performance of its affiliates as part of BDF development and modernisation strategy to bolster the military capabilities of protecting sea borders, fighting smuggling operations, infiltration and sabotage.

The opening of the military exercise was attended by Assistant Chief of Staff for Human Resources Major General Shaikh Ali bin Rashid Al Khalifa and BDF senior officers
    BDF Chief of Staff attends military drill opening
    22-04-2018 15:57 PM
  • <div>Australian Finance Minister Mathias Cormann (L) and Bahrain's Minister of Finance Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa attend the Development Committee meeting during the IMF/World Bank spring meeting in Washington, U.S., April 21, 2018. (Reuters Photo)</div>
    Bahrain's Minister of Finance meets Australian Finance Minister during the IMF,World Bank spring
    22-04-2018 10:29 AM
  • <p>Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) president Dr Abdulrahman Jawahery visited the company’s maintenance team to ensure smooth progress of a comprehensive turnaround periodic maintenance work being implemented this month. He met Bahrain project operations manager at General Electric (GE) Oil and Gas Fatima Al Turabi and took part in maintenance operations. This is one of the largest and most comprehensive turnaround operations in the company’s history. He stressed the importance of the strong partnership between GPIC and GE, which, he said, enhances the efficiency of the plants and contributes to the growth of manufacturing industries, while supporting Bahrain’s economy.</p>
    GPIC president visits maintenance team
    22-04-2018 08:53 AM
  • <p>Batelco chairman Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa received US Ambassador Justin Siberell. He was briefed on the history of Batelco, the services it provides and the company’s future expansion plans. Above, Shaikh Mohamed with Mr Siberell, Batelco Bahrain CEO Mohamed Bubashait and US Embassy economic and commercial officer Gary Schumann.</p>
    Batelco chairman receives US Ambassador
    22-04-2018 08:57 AM
  • <p><em>Kuwaiti products on display.</em></p><p><em><br></em></p><p>Thirty-two foreign embassies took part in the International Embassies Market at the Children and Mothers Welfare Society in Isa Town. It was held under the patronage of Shaikha Hessa bint Ali Al Khalifa, wife of His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, in the presence of his daughter Shaikha Lulwa bint Khalifa Al Khalifa. An array of products, foods and crafts from various countries such as Thailand, the US, Germany and others were showcased at the event. Society president Shaikha Hind bint Salman Al Khalifa toured the market with Shaikha Lulwa and highlighted the importance of such events in furthering ties with foreign countries.&nbsp;</p>
    Thirty-two foreign embassies took part in the International Embassies Market
    27-04-2018 00:59 AM
  • <p><em>The US’ booth at the market.&nbsp;</em></p>
    Thirty-two foreign embassies took part in the International Embassies Market
    27-04-2018 00:59 AM
  • <p><em>New office bearers, seated, from left, internal auditor Chandrahas Ail, treasurer Praveen Shetty, general secretary KiranUpadhyay, president Pradeep Shetty, vice-president D Ramesh, entertainment secretary Varun Hegde and committee member, standing, from left, Ayyappu Edneer, sports secretary Mahesh Kumar, assistant general secretary Arun Airody, Prakash Anchan, assistant entertainment secretary Jagadeesha Jeppu, committee member Santhosh Acharya, assistant treasurer Ashok Kateel</em></p>
<p>KANNADA Sangha, Bahrain, is organising its annual programme &ndash; Vasanthotsava 2018 &ndash; and the induction ceremony of its new executive committee on Friday at the Indian Club premises, starting 6pm.</p>
<p>Dr Manu Baligar, president of Kannada Sahitya Parishat, based in the southern Indian City of Bangalore, is being specially flown in to be chief guest.</p>
<p>Another highlight of the evening is a special performance by Shabari Ganiga, a multi-talented speed painter and singer.</p>
    Stage set for cultural event
    27-04-2018 00:13 AM
  • <p>A talk about Iran’s role in the region was hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). Titled ‘Iran from the Saudi perspective: change and continuity since 1979’, the event was held at the IISS headquarters in Bahrain Financial Harbour and featured Rasanah International Institute for Iranian Studies head Dr Mohammed Alsulami. A scholar of contemporary Iranian-Arab political, cultural and social relationships, Dr Alsulami is a professor of Iranian Studies at Saudi Arabia’s Umm Al Qura University. He is also chairman of Arabian Gulf Centre for Iranian Studies and editor-in-chief of the centre’s Journal for Iranian Studies. The session was moderated by IISS – Middle East Research Fellow for Iran, Clément Therme, and was attended by diplomats, government officials, experts and media members. Above, Mr Therme, left, and Dr Alsulami at the event.</p>
    Iran from the Saudi perspective
    23-04-2018 09:53 AM
  • <p><em>Mr Martin, second from left, with chef Byatt, third from left, and guests</em></p>
<p>Hearty English dishes by one-Michelin star chef Adam Byatt were served during a media lunch at the Capital Club in Bahrain Financial Harbour.&nbsp;</p>
<div>Present at the lunch were British Ambassador Simon Martin, Korean Ambassador Koo Hyun-Mo and Japanese Ambassador Kiyoshi Asako alongside media guests, who enjoyed a five-course meal by the chef at the club&rsquo;s Signature Grill restaurant.&nbsp;</div>
<div>The Essex-native has worked at award-winning restaurants and has launched three restaurants which have each earned noteworthy accolades.</div>
<div>Chef Byatt has also made numerous appearances on television and radio and is a regular on BBC1&rsquo;s Saturday Kitchen.&nbsp;</div>
<div>Students from the Bahrain Institute of Hospitality and Retail also trained under the chef during his visit, as part of the Capital Club&rsquo;s celebrity chef series.&nbsp;</div>
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    English dishes by one-Michelin star chef Adam Byatt at Capital Club
    20-04-2018 00:04 AM
  • Shakeel Trading opens stationery and toys outlet in East Riffa
    19-04-2018 08:38 AM
  • <p><em>Above, AIG vice-chairwoman Hala Farouk Almoayyed, fifth from left, with other company officials.</em></p>
<p>Almoayyed International Group (AIG), a family-owned business, has succeeded in the pilot launch of the Corporate Digital Banking and Mobile Application with Bahrain Islamic Bank being the first corporate client to use the platform.</p>
<p>This was part of the group&rsquo;s initiative in digitising its operations more specifically in treasury, finance and administration.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Pervasive connectivity, cheaper and more powerful computing power, and variations in the behaviour of digitally connected customers are shaping a new digital era,&rdquo; said AIG chairman Mohammed Almoayyed.&nbsp;</p>
    Successful pilot launch of Corporate Digital Banking & Mobile Application
    19-04-2018 00:16 AM
  • <p><em>Some of the graduates at the annual meeting</em></p>
<p>Hundreds of graduates attended Al Ahlia University&rsquo;s annual graduates meeting at the Sheraton Hotel in Manama.&nbsp;</p>
<div>During the meeting, the university also celebrated its 35th place ranking in the QS Arab Region University Rankings 2018.</div>
<div>University founder and board chairman Abdulla Al Hawaj attributed the university&rsquo;s notable placement to the success of its graduates and their advanced positions in the labour market.&nbsp;</div>
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    Al Ahlia University’s annual graduates meeting
    19-04-2018 00:07 AM
  • <p><em>Shaikh Ahmed, centre, is honoured during the event by Sikh community leaders</em></p><p>The Sikh community in Bahrain has celebrated Baisakhi, the anniversary of the founding of the Sikh order (Khalsa) in 1699.</p><div>More than 1,500 devotees gathered for special prayers at the Sikh Community Centre in Salmabad.</div><div><br></div><div>Chief guests were Indian Ambassador Alok Kumar Sinha and Shaikh Ahmed bin Hassan Al Khalifa, who were honoured by community leaders.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>Baisakhi is also celebrated as the harvest festival in North India, particularly in Punjab.</div>
    Baisakhi celebration by Sikh community in Bahrain
    19-04-2018 00:04 AM
  • <p><em>More than 1,500 members of the Sikh community attended the annual event to mark Baisakhi</em></p>
    Baisakhi celebration by Sikh community in Bahrain
    19-04-2018 00:04 AM
  • <p><em>Dr Al Khaja, third from right, opening the event with Prof Ivey, fourth from right, Prof Aouad, second from right, and other officials</em></p>
<p>London Day was celebrated yesterday by Applied Science University (ASU), in Sitra.</p>
<p>The event was attended by a delegation from London South Bank University (LSBU) and featured speeches by ASU president Professor Ghassan Aouad, board of trustees chairman Dr Waheeb Al Khaja and LSBU pro vice-chancellor for research and external engagement Professor Paul Ivey.</p>
<p>Students presented short films about their experiences of programmes provided by the university in collaboration with LSBU and Cardiff Metropolitan University.</p>
<p>During an exhibition students also showcased different sides of British culture.</p>
    London Day celebration
    19-04-2018 00:03 AM
  • <p>Five people have each won a 10gm gold bar as part of a promotion run by Joyalukkas. A raffle draw for the promotion, called ‘Win up to 200 Gold Bars’, was held at the jewellery store’s branch in Gold City Manama. Present during the draw were Joyalukkas Bahrain operations manager Vinod Kumar, an official from the Industry, Commerce and Tourism Ministry and customers. Above, Mr Kumar, left, during the raffle draw in the presence of staff and customers.</p>
    Raffle draw for gold bars
    16-04-2018 12:17 PM
  • <p>An art expo opened at Bahrain Bayan School, under the patronage of Cabinet Affairs Minister Mohammed Al Mutawa. It features artworks by the school’s International Baccalaureate students. The minister stressed the crucial role of schools and educational establishments in honing skills of students, yielding generations that embody scientific excellence and artistic creativity.</p>
    IB pupils display works at art expo
    16-04-2018 12:20 PM
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    IB pupils display works at art expo
    16-04-2018 12:20 PM
  • <p><em>Mr Rupawala, second from left, Mr Yuksel, fourth from right, and other officials during a cake-cutting to launch the campaign.</em></p>
<p>A clean-up of the Manama Central Market has been launched by LuLu Bahrain, in partnership with Unilever. The campaign, Clean Home, Clean City, began with a ceremony at LuLu Hypermarket Hidd yesterday.&nbsp;</p>
<div>Present were LuLu Hypermarket Egypt and Bahrain director Juzer Rupawala, Unilever Gulf managing director Cem Yuksel, Unilever Bahrain chairman Jassim Amin and other officials.&nbsp;</div>
<div>The Manama Central Market, which is around half a kilometre long, houses three public markets selling seafood, meat and fruits and vegetables.&nbsp;</div>
<div>Cleaning activities began with the fish market yesterday and will continue with the meat market on April 18 and the fruit and vegetable market on April 24.&nbsp;</div>
    Clean-up of Manama Central Market launched
    16-04-2018 00:43 AM
  • <p>The third winner of a raffle draw conducted by Malabar Gold and Diamonds has been announced at its Manama outlet. Noraisa Abdulrahman was the third of five winners of 100gm of gold as part of the campaign, called 10kg gold for 100 winners. Shoppers spending BD50 or more at Malabar Gold and Diamonds until April 21 are automatically entered into the draw. Above, Ms Abdulrahman receiving the prize from branch head Mohammed Rafeek, second from left, in the presence of other officials.</p>
    Third winner of raffle draw named
    16-04-2018 10:07 AM
  • <p>A number of contestants took part in the Braun gaming challenge, held in partnership with Sharaf DG at City Centre Bahrain. The top three winners of the Need for Speed Payback video game were presented with gift vouchers for Sharaf DG in addition to a Braun gift package. The challenge ran in line with the Formula One season and was part of a series of gaming challenges expected to take place in the coming months. Above, the winners of the gaming challenge.</p>
    Gaming challenge winners presented prizes
    16-04-2018 12:14 PM
  • <p>Bahraini national Jalal Murad won a trip for two to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. He was the first winner of the Coca-Cola 2018 FIFA World Cup Promotion, which will continue until May 12. The six-week promotion offers customers the chance to win a number of instant gifts, or the opportunity to take part in an online raffle for the World Cup tickets, which will be held at the Coca-Cola Bottling Company headquarters in A’ali. A total of six winners are expected to be announced, one every week. The presentation ceremony was held at LuLu Hypermarket Hidd in the presence of the company’s Bahrain and Qatar managing director Mohamed Akeel. Above, from left, Mr Akeel, Mr Murad, and LuLu Hypermarket Hidd general manager Mohammed Sheriff.</p>
    2018 FIFA World Cup trip joy for Bahraini
    16-04-2018 11:46 AM