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George F. Middleton
 
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Dear Readers,

The first half of this year seems to have gone by in the blink of an eye - and it's hard to believe that Ramadan begins in the second half of this month. However, before the Holy Month actually begins, the Kingdom will be abuzz with frenzied activities. One of the highlights is the amateur kitesurfing competition, Red Bull Kite The Waj. Kite surfers from around the region will descend upon Amwaj Islands from June 4 to June 6 showing off their skills.

Meanwhile, a celebration of all things Turkish takes place from June 3 to 13 at Ramli Mall. The 10-day festival will give Bahrain's residents a taste of that country's abundant delights including food, dancing, music and handicrafts.

Although from mid-month, the long summer days may seem quiet from dawn to dusk, the island springs back to life with vigour as the sun sets. We've compiled an essential list of vibrant venues offering Iftar and Ghabga events.

Our motoring feature showcases the best deals around town for those looking to upgrade their vehicle. And, as always, BTM editor Charlie Holding puts the latest offerings from the Kingdom's leading automotive brands under the spotlight.

In this month's JLR Backseat Chat, George F Middleton takes a spin in a gleaming new Jaguar XF with the media advisor of Bahrain Authority of Culture and Antiquities, Dr Elie Flouty.

Our interview section is packed full of exciting exclusives including a special tête-à-tête with the organiser of Bahrain's first Calisthenics World Cup competition.

We also caught up with Saud Kanoo, chairman of Ossis Property Developers - the company behind Amwaj Islands - to chat about future plans for the iconic development.

With some of the warmest months on record achieved in earlier months this year, please make sure you take all possible precautions as the Holy Month begins so we can all enjoy the great way of life the Kingdom has to offer.