News Column

What's on in Bahrain

August 4, 2014

Tourist and Leisure Attractions: Sightseeing and city tours in Bahrain, Aradous tours, 8am-1pm and 4pm-7pm. E-mail or call 17234417 or 36788001 for more information.

Full and half day sightseeing tours of Bahrain, Farhat International Tours and Travels, Manama, 9am-5pm. Call 36313142 or 17216411.

Wahooo! water park (heated to 30C), Bahrain City Centre Mall, Seef, opens 11am. Entry BD11 for those over 1.2m in height, BD7 for those under 1.2m, BD4 for children under three. Visit or call 17173000 or for the weekly schedule.

Al Areen Wildlife Park and Reserve, 9am-4pm. Call 17845444.

Dar An-Naft (Bapco's Oil Museum). Call 17753257 or 17753822 to arrange visits.

National Industries exhibition, Commerce and Industry Ministry, Seef, 7.30am-2pm. Call 17564170 or 17564171.

Ahmad Al Fateh Mosque (Grand Mosque) visit programme, every 30 minutes from 9am-3.30pm. Visits are put on hold during prayer times. No prior appointments needed unless big groups or special arrangements are required. Call Farahat Al Kindy on 17727773, 39734440 or fax 17729695.

Shaikh Ebrahim Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Centre for Culture and Research, Muharraq, 8am-1pm and 4pm-7pm. Call 17322549.

Mohammed Bin Faris Music House, Muharraq, 8am-1pm and 4pm-7pm. Call 17322549 or 36619038.

Al Jasra Handicrafts Centre, Jasra Village, near the late Amir Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa's birthplace, 7am-2pm. Call 17611900.

Full and half-day tours of Bahrain, 8am onwards. Call 36654246 or 77080111.


Pilates, Ballare School of Performing Arts, Saar, 8.30am-9.30am; hatha yoga and zumba, 9.30am-10.30am; IDTA ballet primary, twinkle toes, 3.30pm-4.15pm; IDTA ballet grade 2, twinkle toes (45 minutes), break dancing (5-10 years), 4.30pm-5.30pm; hip hop (6-10 years), urban ballet, company class, 5.30pm-6.30pm; hip hop (11+ years), adult street dance (21+ years), tribal fusion belly dance, 6.30pm-7.30pm; salsa, 7.30pm-8.30pm. Piano lessons. Call 17300021 for information.

Classes for all ages, Victoria Dance, Hamala and Umm Al Hassam - ballet, tap, modern jazz, hip hop, break dance, contemporary, stretch, combat, bokwa, river dance, singing, guitar, piano, musical theatre, dance fusion. Call 39876215 for more information.

Bahrain Ballet Centre, Budaiya, pre-primary ballet, 3.45pm-4.30pm, grade three modern, 4.30pm-5.30pm, grade four ballet, 5.30pm-6.30pm, adult ballet, 6.30pm-8pm. Call 17693232 for more information.

Dance classes, Harmony Music Gate, hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, musical instruments classes, karate classes and art classes, 9am-7pm. Call 13622112 or 36464360 for more information.

Bollywood dance classes, Bollywood Steps, Ramli Mall second floor, behind Sharaf DG, next to Al Gosaibi gym, 10am-9pm. Call 39323453 for more information.

Culture, Arts and Crafts:

BSB Academy of Performing Arts, Hamala, individual classes in piano, violin, viola, cello, guitar, bass, voice, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone and French horn and group classes in music theory, voice, speech and drama, Afro-Arabic drumming and exploring instruments course. Group classes - little voices, LAMDA speech and drama, exploring instruments, mini music makers, junior percussion, drum circle, vocalzone, twinkle toes and musical mayhem. Visit Facebook page or call 17610943 or 17610973 for more information.

Albareh Art Gallery, Adliya, 9am-5pm. Call 17717707.

Drawing and painting classes for adults and children, L'Atelier Art Lounge, Country Mall, Budaiya, 10am-7pm. Call 17599030.

Group and individual art and design classes for adults at artist Marianne Pasman's private gallery, Saar. Call 39922642 for appointments.

Children's scrapbooking and papercraft classes, Celebrations for Art, Budaiya, 4pm-6pm, card-making for adults, 9.30am-12.30pm, 3.30pm-5.30pm. Call 17595791.

Studio Ceramics, paint your own pottery in Seef Mall new extension 10am-10pm and Budaiya (by appointment). Call 17599026 to book.

Art classes for adults, teens and children by Alexandra Novik, Palitra Studio. Visit for more information.

Art classes on how to recycle household waste into art, The Green Scene, Hoora. Call Vrushali on 33839227 for more information.

Craft Centre Gallery and workshop, Isa Al Kabeer Avenue, opposite Police Fort, Manama, 8am-1.30pm. Call 17254688.

Exhibition - 'In Dialogue', The Waterline Gallery, Bahrain Financial Harbour, 10am-7pm. Call 17102600 for more information.

Studio Ceramics, paint your own pottery, Budaiya. Visit

Oil painting, pastels and watercolour classes, Ella Art Gallery, Adliya, 9am-1.30pm and 3pm-7pm. Call 17292815 or 39073299.

Saudi artist Faisal Samra's private gallery, House 64, Road 4102, Block 341, Juffair. Open to the public by appointment only. Call Mr Samra on 39645994.

Creative classes by Art Lounge with Marion, Yathreb Garden, house number 4, opposite Saar Music Centre, Saar. E_mail to register or call 39212060 for more information.

Permanent stamps exhibition, Postal Directorate, Transportation Ministry, 8am-2pm. Call 17523403.

Rashid Al Oraifi Museum, Building 374, Road 214, Muharraq 202, 8am-1pm and 4pm-8pm. Call 17335616.

Saar Islamic Centre Mosque, by prior appointment only. Call 17727773 or fax 17729695.

Learn Hindustani classical and light music from qualified singer. Call 36401744 for more information.

Sports, fitness and well-being:

Thalassotherapy treatments, Thalassa Sea and Spa at Sofitel Bahrain, Zallaq, pressotherapy and aqua bike. Call 17636391 for reservations or more information on Thalassa sea and spa packages.

Tribal Fitness, group and personal training, Bahrain-wide. Call Craig on 39473710.

Royal Country Club fitness classes, Riffa Views, extreme fitness (mixed) 10am, TRX (mixed) 9pm. Junior classes, swimming class (10+ years), 4pm, swimming class (6-9 years) 4.30pm, swimming class (3-5 years) 5pm, swimming class (3-10+ years), 8.30pm. Call 17750777 to register for a class.

Fitness Classes, Step Up gym, Muharraq, men's timings 7am-9am. Noon-1am, women's timing 9am-6pm, Women's aerobics, 9.30am-10.30am and 4.30pm-5.30pm, belly dance class, 3.30pm-4.30pm. Call 17343348.

The first Cross Fit gym in Bahrain, Extreme Fitness EXFIT, Barbar, 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm. Call 39533130 for more information.

Yoga, Pilates for instant weight and stress reduction, with traditional and Power Yoga. Learn Kriyayog breathing and meditation Ladies only at Um al-Hassam, lady instructor. Call 33766795

Personalised fitness programmes, group exercise classes, yoga, zumba, personal training, Fitness First Bahrain. Call Bahrain World Trade Centre on 17131499 and Oasis Centre, East Riffa (women only) on 17620005 for membership and more information.

Fitness classes, Oxygen Gym, Budaiya, O2 hour of power (mixed) 6.15am-7.15am, zumba (ladies only) 9am-10am, O2 boot camp (ladies only) 10am-11am, taekwondo (children) 4pm-5pm, zumba (ladies only) 5pm-6pm, Karate (children and mixed) 6pm-7pm and 7pm-8pm. Call 17616165 in advance to book.

Kombatt predator, Latin Dance Studio, Oxygen Gym, Budaiya, 11.30am, teenage predator academy (kids classes), 5pm. Call 33889821 or e-mail for more information.

Therapeutic, relaxation and rejuvenation massages, herbal facial, panchakarma procedures, consultation with Ayurveda physicians and Ayurvedic medicines, Vaidyaratanm Ayurvedic Health Centre, Riffa, 9am-1pm and 4pm-9pm. New centre opened at Mahooz. Call Riffa branch on 17228877 or 39912777 and Mahooz branch on 17268080 for more information.

Herbal massage, Yas Body Care, Riffa, 9am-11pm. Call 17491958 or 39776882.

City Walkers Club, Bahrain City Centre, Seef, 9am-10am. Call 17177777.

Sharon's fitness boot camp classes, The Studio, Hamala, morning classes (women only), evening classes (women and mixed). Private group training also offered. Call 66385537 for more information.

Exercise classes, Life-Fit Fitness Centre, Budaiya, tai chi (mixed), 6.15am; zumba (women only), 8.45am; pilates (women only), 9.45am; taekwondo kids, 4.30pm; box-fit (mixed), 5.30pm; belly dance fit (women only), 6.30pm. Spa Beauty for facial massage and body treatments, 9am-3pm. Call 17692424 or 33001261.

Personal training, massage treatments and swimming lessons for all ages, Sheraton Fitness, Sheraton Bahrain Hotel, 6am-10pm. Visit or call 17524570.

Pilates private classes for women, Saar, 9am-6pm. All classes are scheduled by appointment only. Call 39611396 for more information.

Co-active coaching for organisations, transition, parenting, stress, study and work ethics, re-branding yourself, fulfilment and networking. Psychometric profiling and university applications (interviews/selection/personal statements/essays) available in addition to study skills, presentation and networking skills and academic writing workshops. Fully qualified and experienced staff. Call 38442727 or 17590137.

Yoga, Telegu Kala Samithi, Adliya, 10am-11am and 7pm-8pm. Call 39881232.

Karate Classes, Karate do Academy, Futureshape, Garden City, Budaiya, beginners 4.45pm, coloured belts, 5.30pm, advanced belts, 6.45pm. Training with resident black belt sixth Dan Sensei Amr Mouawad. Visit or call 17591237 or 36657059 for more information.

Taekwondo after school classes for boys and girls over three years of age, Albanna Taekwondo Centre, Juffair, 5.30pm-9.30pm. Call 36668390.

Bosu with Stott Pilates instructor trainer and yoga teacher Roberta Trzebinski, Studio RCT, Orchid's Dream, Sanabis, 8.45am, Bosu, 6pm. Call 39445816.

Women's fitness training classes, Yahoo Health Club, Middle East Hotel, Manama, 10am, 2pm and 7pm. Al Namal Building, 5am-11.30pm. Call 39079142 or 17251777.

Pool and snooker coaching with European Billiard and Snooker Association (EBSA) master coach, 12.30pm-midnight. Call 39778367 for location.

Womens Fitness program, Curves 30 minute Fitness and Weight Loss Centre coming soon at Nakeel centre, Saar. Call 17691496.

Brain Gym and Kinesiology for children with learning and behavioural difficulties and adults with stress, Brain Body Dynamics, Budaiya, 9am-5pm. Call 17592661 or 39246544.

Aqua aerobics, yoga, step, sculpt, spinning, pilates, bums and tums, belly dance classes, Bodyline, Saar, 7.30am-9pm. Call 17793932.

Pilates, La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art, 9am-6.30pm. Visit, e-mail or call 17230123 for more information.

Squash coaching by Hussain Al Thawadi. Call 36309124.

Career coaching, executive coaching and life coaching, 9am-5pm. Call 36199980, 17532451.

Cupping, Joz Spa, Juffair, 10am-11pm, Spa, 10am-11pm. Call 17369133.

Bellacura Beauty Lounge and Salon, Juffair, 9am-9pm. Call 17364955 or 36614814.

Yoga, Profile Fitness Centre, Adliya, 5pm. Call 17727766.

Sharon's fitness boot camp classes, The Studio, Hamala, morning classes 9.30am, evening classes 5pm (women and mixed). Private group training also offered. Call 66385537 for more information.

Aerobics, Ezfit Sports Complex, Budaiya, 10.30am-11.30am, 4.30pm-5.30pm, 6.30pm-7.30pm. Call or 17692378.

Corniche beach class, Bahrain Tai chi and Wushu Centre, Juffair, 6.30am, taichi beginners, 7pm, advanced, 8pm. Call 36437931.

Therapeutic and relaxation massage, Indian Ayurvedic Medical Centre, Mahooz, 8am-11pm, free consultation, 8am-1pm and 4pm-9pm. Call 17722060 or 17720780.

Certified Shotokan karate classes, Japan Karate Association, Habitat Business Centre (across the street from Al-Jazeera supermarket), Budaiya. Children's classes, 5pm-6pm and adult classes, 6pm-7pm. Visit or call 38886930 for more information.

Taekwondo, kickboxing and Khandokwan classes, with Master Ashraf Ali Ghansar, Al Hala Club, Muharraq, 7pm onwards. Call 36559930.

Walk in meditation, free daily meditation course, Bahrain Meditation Centre, Adliya, 7pm-7.30pm. Call 17712545.

Health Club, Dessange, Adliya, 6am-10pm, Spa, 9am-9pm, Salon 9am-10pm. Call 17713999.

Asian traditional massages and beauty treatment specialising in couple's treatment, Sherry Spa, Beauty and Massage Centre, Al Mabrukah Building, Juffair, 10am-10pm. Call 17824070.

Therapeutic massage, hand and foot reflexology; bamboo massage - free demonstration. Call 39015776 for location in East Riffa.

Bahrain Hash House Harriers, call 17862620 for time and location.

Therapeutic and general yoga classes for women, Bahrain Wellness Resort, Janabiya. Mixed classes and group pickups available. Call 17795961 or 39265903.

Relaxation massage, Al Shafi Alternative Medicine Centre, Janabiya, 8am-8pm. Call 17610096 or 17610097 for appointments.

Training and treatment in Yoga, Pranic healing and Reiki. Bahrain Yoga Therapy and Fitness Centre, Juffair, 6am-10am and 4pm-8pm. Call 17725027.

Personality and ability assessments to identify and measure critical skills for success in work and life. Call 39407129 between 6pm-9pm for location in Saar.

Classes, Ramee International Hotel, RJS Health Club, Juffair - power yoga, aerobics, pilates, circuit training, step training, pranayam and meditation weight loss class (women only), 11am and 6pm; Mixed weight loss class, 7pm. Call Bijan on 36270302 or e-mail

Classes, Ramee suites-3, Hoora - yoga, kriya yoga, yog nidra and shatkrama for chronic ailments as obesity, BP, arthritis, cholesterol and stress free lifestyle (women only), 7.30pm-8.30pm, 6.30am-9am, 6.45pm-7.30pm (mixed).

Call Manoj on 34375102.

Personal Performance coaching, special techniques to guide you in the right direction to co-create the life you desire. Call 36696666 for directions.

Life and executive coaching - enhance your personal and professional effectiveness; increase your productivity and life fulfilment. Call 38889796 for more information.

Training and treatment in Yoga, Reiki and Pranic healing, Bayoga, Juffair, 6am-10am and 4pm-8pm. Call 17725027.

Ladies and mixed yoga classes, yoga therapy by trained Indian instructor, near Bahrain School, old Juffair. Call 36139134, 38804369.

Karate, judo, kung fu, wrestling and 18 different kinds of freestyle martial arts, taught by fifth Dan black belt instructor, Pakistan Club, Manama. Children - 7pm-8.30pm, adults - 8.30pm-10pm. Special self-defence classes for women. Call 33960492, 39262904 or 36679513 for more information.

Dragon Kung-Fu training, the old Indian physical academy, Manama, 7.30pm-10pm. Call 39756307 for more information.

Crossfit classes, Exfit Gym, Huda Palms, Barbar, 6.30am-7.30am, 4.30pm-5.30pm, 5.30pm-6.30pm, 6.30pm-7.30pm, and 7.30pm-8.30pm. Core strength and conditioning programme based on cardiovascular, stamina, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy. Free body fat analysis and nutritional advice. Call 39533130.

Instant Stress reduction techniques to overcome work pressure from home or office at a rapid speed, Gudaibiya, 6pm-10pm. Call 33520620 for more information.

The physiotherapy centre offers home services and physio centre, with latest techniques treatment, 9am-12.30pm and 4pm-8pm. Call 17722012 for appointments.

Executive speech coaching - get laughs, applause and your message across, 4pm-8pm. Book free 20 minutes coaching session. Visit or call 37777784 for more information.

Clubs and Societies:

Activities, British Club, Adliya, library 3pm-7pm (members only), taekwondo, (adults and children) 6.30pm-8.30pm (members and guests), Bridge 6.30pm-10pm (members and guests), Squash section 6pm-8.40pm. Call 17728245 for more information.

The American Women's Association (AWA) is a non-profitable organisation with an active member base consisting of a variety of nationalities. Visit for more information on becoming a member and being part of a vibrant group of women.

The Association Francophone de Bahrain (AFBH) is a non-profitable organisation consisting of members of all nationalities, whose common interest is use and practice of the French language through a large number of morning and evening activities. Visit or call 33403763 to become a member or for more information.

Cinematic Dance Classes, 7pm-8pm, Kerala Catholic Association (KCA), Segaiya. Call 39300835.

Laughter Yoga Classes for members by certified Laughter Yoga teacher K M Thomas, Telugu Kala Samithi Bahrain (TKS), Adliya, every second and fourth Monday, 7pm to 8pm. Interested members call TKS general secretary S B Naidu on 39227021 or the Laughter Yoga coordinator Kanti Rama Rao on 33675789 for more information and registration.

Cooking and culinary classes for all cuisines for students, housewives and housemaids, Bahrain Institute of Hospitality and Retail, Barbar, 8am-1pm and 3pm-7pm. Call 17698726 or 36405506.

Keyboard, guitar, tabla, drums, violin, light and Carnatic music, drawing and painting, clay modelling, cinematic and classical dance, karate, yoga and chess classes, Kalabhavan music and arts training centre, Adliya, 4pm-8pm. Call 17717271 or 17717017.

The Heavenly Feast (Kottayam) prayer meeting, A M Hall, St Christopher's Cathedral, Manama, 7pm. Call 39132429 for directions.

Children's classes, My Gym children's fitness centre, Seef, zumba, 9.30am-10.30am; waddlers, 10.30am-11.30am; playdate, 11.45am-12.45pm; terrific tots, 3.45pm-4.45pm; whiz kids, 5pm-6pm. Call 17566566.

Children's gymnastics, swimming, sports, arts and crafts, Children's Health Academy of Specialised Sports (CHAOSS), Budaiya, 9am-5pm. Call 17592096.

Jewellery making workshops, 8 Mansions, Country Mall, Budaiya, 10.30am-11.30am and 4.30pm-5.30pm. Call 39040056 or 17594575.

Bahrain Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA) sanctuary, Askar, 9am-5pm. Those interested in adopting pets, walking dogs or volunteering, Call 17591231. Rescued animals will be accepted 24-hours-a-day.

Alcoholics Anonymous, Sacred Heart Church, social service unit, 7pm-8.30pm. Call 39434200 or 17530020.

Alanon meeting, American Mission Hospital, 7.30pm. Call 39446440 or 17530020.

Library, Dilmun Club, Saar, 9am-12.45pm, ladies canasta, 10am, Dilmun Divers meet, 7.30pm. Call 17690926.

Tony the Dogfather and CSBPA relocated animal rescue centre in Saar. Call 39629889 or 33363352 for more information on rescuing, sponsoring, adopting, walking, volunteering or donations.

Party Bridge Club, male/female, partners/singles. Call

Chess classes, group and personal training, by international chess master. Call 33266677 for directions and information.


Bambini Club, The Children's House Montessori Nursery School, Janabiya. Languatots French (0-7 years), languatots Arabic (0-7 years), taekwondo (4-9 years), once upon a story time (0-5 years). E-mail or call 17699844 for more information.

Cognitive training for struggling learners, ADHD/ADD, dyslexia, autism, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, career adults, college students, senior adults and those with traumatic brain injury, Neural Mind Spark, Seef. visit or call 36652314 for more information.

Morning and evening Spanish classes, intensive courses, workshops, Shaikh Ebrahim Centre Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Centre for Culture and Research, Muharraq. Call 38396273.

Certified Professional Practitioner courses with the International Institute for Personal and Professional Transformations including Diplomas in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy, Counselling, NLP, CBT, EFT and Meridian Therapies, Biofeedback, Breathing Therapy. Accelerated Learning for Adults and Children. Call 39667623.

English, Arabic, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Farsi, Japanese and Chinese classes, Berlitz Language Centre, Budaiya, 8am-8pm. Call 17827847.

Kindermusik, Sillybilly Activities, Ballet and Monkeynastix course for three to five-year-olds, Bright Beginnings, Adliya, 4pm-6pm. Call 17710405.

English, Maths, Latin, Creative Writing up to GCSE and AS Level, UK Common Entrance 11+ 13+ exam preparation for individuals and groups by graduate tutors at Oxford or Cambridge University level, IDRIS Tuition, Budaiya. Personal statements for school and university entrance, exam technique and interview practice. Call 33771234.

General English and ESP classes, Cambridge IGCSE/A Level, spoken and standard Arabic for Expats, IELTS/TOEFL/SAT preparation, writing courses, business studies and computer applications, dissertation and thesis advising and editing, and private tuition for university and school subjects. Gulf International Institute, Exhibition Avenue. Call 17290209 8am-1pm and 4pm-8:30 pm.

General English language courses, TOEFL, SAT, GRE, GMAT preparation, young learners and adults language classes, American Cultural and Educational Centre, Juffair, 8am-9pm. Call 17729997.

English courses for young learners and adults, Arabic, French, Spanish and German, Lingo-Ease language Centre, AlNasir Garden, Budaiya and Juffair, 9am-8pm. Group classes and private tutoring for all ages. Call 17590895 or 39102997 for more information.

English language communication skills classes for adults, e-mail writing, business writing workshops, The Conversation Centre, Seef. Call 39067062 for timing.

Alliance Francaise de Bahrain library and resource centre, Isa Town, 9am-1pm and 3pm-7pm. Call 17683295.

British Council, Khamis, 8.30am-7.30pm. Call 17261555.

English courses (Grades K-12) reading, writing, Math, SAT, Arabic courses reading, writing, Math (K-12), Arabic conversation for adults, Sylvan Learning, 10am-7pm. Call Sehla branch on 17400227 and Juffair branch on 17811227.

Learn Arabic in 48 hours with a private tutor. Call 34186689 or visit for more information.

Tajweed and Islamic Studies classes for girls and ladies, Dar Alarqum for Quranic Studies for Non Arabs, Saar. E-mail or call 17794236 or 33909571 for more information.

French Tutor for all levels and TCF, TEF, DELF, B1 and B2. Teaching French as a Foreign Language. Call 38329388.

Study Excellence programme for school children. Powerful motivational and individual sessions, teaching skills and tools needed for school studies. Call DS Dev on 38800265.

Useful Numbers:

Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society hotline for missing three-year-old Bader Jawad Hussain Mubarak: 17536222.

Police, fire and ambulance: 999.

Coastguard: 17700000.

Traffic and accidents: 17688888.

General directorate of traffic inquiries hotline 17872287 or 199, switchboard 17872222. Visit for more information on traffic procedures.

Weatherline: 17236236.

Electricity and Water Ministry application hotline: 17241111 or 17814111.

Visit for medical appointments, drug prices and information on services offered by the Health Ministry.

Visit or call 17339339 for flight information and timetables.

Visit for information on post, civil aviation, telecommunications and public transport.

Labour Ministry's inspection hotline: 17870176.

People trafficking hotline: 17870196.

General Directorate of Nationality Passports and Residence hotline for passports, ID card, visa and residence permit queries: 17399777.

Visit for issuing tourist or business visa.

Visit or e-mail Jameela Mohanna at for recycling points information.

Visit or call 17878019 for smart card application.

Visit for stocks and shares updates on Bahrain Bourse.

Visit or call 17558802 for information on conferences and exhibitions at Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Be Free Anti-Child Abuse and Neglect Centre, Zinj. Visit or call 17242415.

Visit for general information on Bahrain,


Airport: 17260208.

Government Avenue: 17223496.

Speedy Motors: 17682999.

London Taxi Company: 17466262.

Bahrain Limo: 17266266.

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Source: Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)

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