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George F. Middleton
First Word

Dear Readers,

It seems hard to believe that the festive season will be upon us next month. Our November edition is packed full of the lively happenings we can look forward to during the month including the Robin Hood pantomime, the last Chuckle Club of the year, cultural events taking place at La Fontaine and Entertainment Plus' Jungle Book live theatre performance for both youngsters and the young at heart. Happy Diwali to those of our readers who celebrate the Festival of Lights!

On the competitive front, the BIC hosts the FIA WEC (World Endurance Championship) Six Hours of Bahrain and the Beat Diabetes Walk for charity is at Dohat Arad Park. As our cover page shows, we are proud to be sponsors of the first ever Calisthenics World Cup to take place in Bahrain, putting the Kingdom firmly on the global sporting map. We have an exclusive interview with Shehab Saeed, the man behind the event.

The region's iconic annual Jewellery Arabia takes place in the last week of November and this gives all of us an opportunity to look for something special for our loved ones. From designer watches to full on bling, Bahrain This Month takes an in-depth look at what retailers have to offer around town as well as at the exhibition itself.

This month's interviews have a rather British feel about them as we interview the new British Ambassador, HE Simon Martin, and take a closer look at the 200 year relationship between the two countries. It so happens that in the same issue we speak to David Endall, the general manager of the British Club, about the venue's 80th anniversary.

During these autumn months, Bahrain's al fresco dining scene comes to life as islanders enjoy their meals amidst desert sunsets, stunning rooftop views or alongside gently lapping waters. This month, we have a round up report of the Kingdom's best outdoor eateries. Our regular dining section also includes a special review of Bahrain's newest Japanese restaurant offering, the internationally renowned Wagamama.

Our motoring section is packed with the latest offerings from the Kingdom's top dealerships and a selection of test drives - including the new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and the BMW X4. Wherever you go and whatever you do this month, take time to enjoy the great way of life that the Kingdom has to offer.