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George F. Middleton
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Dear Readers,

There is a palpable sense of excitement in the air as we bid farewell to the searing summer sun and make way for autumn, which brings with it new possibilities and a refreshing sense of optimism; until Halloween at least!

Our cover page this month depicts the optimism of local and foreign investors willing to embark on new ventures within the Kingdom's real estate sector. This month, we talk with Faisal Faqeeh, chairman of Bin Faqeeh Real Estate Investment Company, about his luxurious Waterbay residential complex - a pillar in the multi-million-dinar Bahrain Bay project.

This month's issue includes our annual review of 'Germany in Bahrain'. We are proud to introduce the new German ambassador to readers of this special feature and take a closer look at the burgeoning relationship between the two countries, spanning from business to bilateral relations and, of course, with Oktoberfest around the corner, tourism and culture.

We also catch up with one of Bahrain's most prolific photographers, Andrew Weaver, to talk about his latest publication project.

Our special motoring feature rounds up the latest and greatest family-friendly models and deals from the Kingdom's leading dealerships to help you find the perfect vehicle. We also have our regular motoring section, which highlights the new kids on the block.

Meanwhile, to help keep you fashionably informed, BTM takes a closer look at the latest autumn/winter collections from your favourite stores in the kingdom.

As one would expect for this time of the year, our happenings pages are packed full of events taking place around town. We can take in everything from gaming conventions to art exhibitions and the 24th edition of the Bahrain International Music Festival.

So, whatever you choose to do this month, take time to enjoy the great way of life that the Kingdom has to offer.