Iftar @Sofitel JBR – A must try

Experience one of the most significant periods in the Islamic Calendar, the Holy month of Ramadan, with Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach.

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Situated at a prime waterfront site in Dubai Marina, a stone’s throw away from the new low-rise retail and leisure destination “The Beach” and along Dubai’s trendy “The Walk” promenade, the luxury 5-star hotel epitomises a flawless amalgamation of French ‘art de vivre’ and Arabic hospitality and warmth. The hotel’s restaurants are offering delectable dining offers this Ramadan.

IMG_5242Observe the ceremonial breaking of the fast with family, friends or business partners at the popular A.O.C. French Brasserie this Ramadan.  Indulge in a plentiful array of sumptuous Middle Eastern, North African and International specialties and beverages. The appetizing buffet includes the classic cold and hot mezze, harira and lentil soup, tajines, slow roasted lamb Ouzi with oriental rice, Arabic mixed grill, couscous tfaya, biryani rice, a shawarma station and a delightful variety of traditional sweets such as Um Ali, kadaif, halwa, date pudding and a range of refreshing Ramadan beverages.

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In conclusion, the food was delightful and beautifully presented, the people extremely sweet and helpful and the overall experience very satisfying! Thank you Sofitel JBR! See you soon!

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 Iftar at A.O.C. French Brasserie
From sunset to 11:00pm
AED 140 per person.

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10 things we love about Bahrain

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DubaiCat traveled to Bahrain and she sums up the reasons she loved it:

1. Food. Bahrain is all about fresh, quality and cheap street food. You place the order (yes the typical Arab way: you stay in the car and just honk, you get your food and you enjoy it on the way to your destination). Make sure you’ll try Malghoum Samara, Malghoum Mahmood and Jan Burger and of course the ultimate ice-cream with the super fresh cone from Atlanta. Bahrain is famous for the traditional breakfast also. My personal favorite breakfast was the Khobez Joben (bread with cheese) which you combine with Oman chips (lol). On top of the list of the restaurants: Coco’s ! Most probably you’ll have to wait but it’s so worth waiting! Try the salad with the strawberry sauce and the chicken mushroom dish! Also, don’t forget to try the traditional halwa and bring me some on the way back to Dubai.

Making some bread
Making some bread
@ Coco's . Try the homemade Ice Tea
@ Coco’s . Try the homemade Ice Tea
Traditional Bahraini Halwa
Traditional Bahraini Halwa

2. People. For some interesting demographic information, there are about twice as many men as women currently living in Bahrain. There are also more expats living in Bahrain than national citizens. In any case people are nice and smiley, they’re always willing to assist you and they have a positive attitude for life which cheers you up.

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3. Tree of Life. The Tree of Life is a 400-year-old tree that grows in the middle of the desert. Scientists say that its source of sustenance still remains a mystery event now. The tree is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Bahrain and it’s simply gorgeous.

Tree of Life
Tree of Life
Tree of Life
Tree of Life
Tree of Life
Tree of Life

4. Sea. Bahrain is not only one island, but an archipelago of 33 small islands. Each island is connected by bridges, and each region within the country is technically a separate island. Make sure you’ll spend one day at Al Dar Islands where you can spend the day chilling, having shisha by the sea, jet skiing or just sunbathing.

@Dar Islands
@Dar Islands
@Dar Islands
@Dar Islands
Shisha by the sea
Shisha by the sea

5. Bahrain Word Trade Center. The Bahrain World Trade Center is the world’s first skyscraper that uses wind turbines for clean energy. It is currently one of the most famous buildings in the country because of its unique architecture. It is also the second tallest building in Bahrain (Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay is the third!)

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World Trade Center
World Trade Center by night
World Trade Center by night

6. Adliya, Manama. What I call the “downtown Manama” with the several art pieces spread all over the small streets and the art galleries which promote the local contemporary artists will make your day!

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7. National Museum. The museum is very well done and is housed in a beautiful building on the water. This is the only place you can see a re-created traditional burial mound, complete with skeleton! I found it very nice and informative and it addresses Bahrain ancient and contemporary history. There is also a small gift shop with some historical books and interesting pieces of clothing and jewelery.

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@National Museum Bahrain

8. Bahrain is the most open-minded country within the GCC area. There are minimal restrictions on alcohol, people can receive massages from the opposite sex and clothing standards are more liberal.

9. Souk. Impressively rich souk for such a small country. The market is located in Central Manama. Here you will basically find anything you are looking for. This includes clothes, food (multicultural food), electronics, spices & nuts, souvenirs. Friendly people but very good at bargaining.

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@Manama Souk

10. It’s only 1 hour away from Dubai, it’s a super cheap destination with plenty of flights within the day and it’s a great wake up call to realize that real life is not as perfect and sterilized as Dubai is making us feel. It’s like you’re visiting a big big village with all the cons and pros! Plus it’s they invented the “shisha in the car” activity and it’s definitely a reason to visit them!

Shisha in the Car
Shisha in the Car

It’s just worth visiting. Khalas.

PS: Don’t forget my Halwa on the way back!


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4 Days in Bahrain with AIESEC

I have so many reasons to consider myself as the luckiest person in Dubai. One of the most important is that I’m surrounded by nice and ambitious young people who happen to conduct AIESEC UAE. 🙂

AIESEC members organized a 4 days trip to Bahrain and this video is just my way to thank them for the hospitality, the effort they put, the energy and the happy attitude throughout the whole trip.

I’ve been around them the past year and I had the chance to get to know what exactly this organization is about, but I’m not gonna go in details, you can find everything here: http://www.aiesec.ae/

What I feel it’s worth sharing, is that I actually saw people’s lives changing with the internship opportunities AIESEC provided them with.

I knew Arabs are very hospitable but that was more than I could imagine. Thank you all guys. Keep us the great work. AIESEC is lucky to have you Sara, Samara & Mahmood.


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