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George F. Middleton
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Dear Readers,

The October issue, sees the celebration of German Unity Day and the 24th anniversary of the country's reunification with the publication of our annual feature "Germany in Bahrain".

Ambassador Her Excellency Sabine Taufmann tells us about her embassy's plans for the future strengthening of bilateral relations with Bahrain. This year, the issue coincides with the Bahrain Federation of Expatriate Association's visit to Berlin on October 2.

Keep abreast of the Kingdom's most exciting developments and activities with our dedicated Happenings section. There are a plethora of events to look forward to including the annual Bahrain International Music Festival. This star-studded event, which features the likes of Leona Lewis, Anoushka Shankar, Macadi Nahhas and the Chamber Orchestra Vienna - Berlin, is set to be a treat for the Kingdom's culture vultures.

With summer almost over, several businesses have opened their doors across the island. In a case of 'out with the old and in with the new', our 'New in Town' feature provides a detailed round-up of the must-visit venues that have recently-opened in Bahrain. From revised menus to revamped venues, all will be revealed! There's more, of course. With the camping season right around the corner, what better time for a round-up on all things barbecue. In 'The Ultimate BBQ' report, we talk to chefs around town to find out their secrets for preparing the perfect grills. We also feature some of the island's best venues serving up mouth-watering and juicy ribs.

This month we interview Indian Club president Anand Lobo, who spills the beans on the club's ongoing centenary celebration plans. Simi Kamboj speaks to the newly-appointed Pakistani Ambassador, HE Muhammad Saeed Khan, about his plans to bolster bilateral relations with the Kingdom.

Georgie Bradley meets up with the new general manager at The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa, Christian Zandonella. We put Chinese businesses in Bahrain under the spotlight as experts discuss the untapped potential of various sectors.

Our lifestyle section is packed with exciting features including an update on this season's hottest fashion trends and the latest news on Ferrari's recently unveiled mean machine, the California T.

Wishing you all the very best for the upcoming Eid holidays and the new beginnings which follow, helping us to remain your guide to a great way of life.