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George F. Middleton
First Word

Dear Readers,

Ramadan Kareem! I can't really believe that Ramadan is upon us; the first half of this year seems to have flown by. The informal and hospitable nature of the Holy Month will offer a welcome break and a chance to catch up with old friends and recharge my batteries.

Nasser Al Arayedh, with whom we went for a drive in this month's Jaguar Land Rover Backseat Chat, talks to us about renewal, a key theme during Ramadan. Nasser stresses the importance of the commitment required not only to drive the business forward but also to honour the work of the family's forefathers.

Another person who exemplifies determination is Joyce Hughes. The inauguration later this year of the Bahrain Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' facility in Askar is testament to her dedication over more than 30 years of caring for stray animals.

In our cover story this month we speak to Fahad Jaweed, the marketing director at Junaid Perfumes. In business for more than a century, and now expanding not only around the region but further afield, this local perfumery is an example of the success that can be achieved by hard work and loyalty to a brand.

A labour of love, and an unwavering desire to solve a problem, has seen Tariq Al Murbati carve out a niche business for himself. His story illustrates the point that there are no shortcuts to success; it requires a vision and belief to turn an idea into a reality.

As is custom for the season, this issue includes a round-up of what to do during Ramadan and where to go for Iftar and a Ghabga. Our motoring feature showcases the best deals around town available for those seeking a new set of wheels, and the process of renewal is further emphasised with articles on a trio of new dining adventures. BamBu, Bayti and Sumo Sushi & Bento reflect our desires for something old and new!

At the end of June we said goodbye to our first Bahraini employee after almost two decades of service; we wish Dalal Mirza Khumey all the best in her retirement. Wherever you go during the course of the Holy Month, take time to enjoy this special time of the year and take advantage of the great way of life that the Kingdom has to offer.