This December, the warm winter sun shone brightly in the land of a million palm trees, Bahrain. Believing that every challenge is an opportunity, this great nation has achieved several strides this year, thus instilling hope in the heart of every expat. At the 8th Annual International Conference conducted by the Bahrain Chapter of ICAI (BCICAI) at Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, several rounds of discussions happened on how ÔÇ£Challenges Creates OpportunitiesÔÇØ and how we need to cash in on the same. UAE Exchange Bahrain sponsored and participated in this conference, on 2 and 3 December 2016.
Standing high on the spirit of facing challenges, waving flags, carrying red and white balloons, proud Bahrainis sported T shirts, jackets, scarves, and caps that read ÔÇ£I Love BahrainÔÇØ! With such pride, Bahrainis commemorated and celebrated their freedom from the British, on Bahrain National Day (16 December 2016).
We too joined hands with the Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre (KMCC), to celebrate the Bahrain National Day on 23 December 2016 at Indian School, Isa Town. The gathering of over 1500 people enjoyed the cultural performances of the school children.
Sports and Bahrain are inseparable. Though football is most popular, other sports such as athletics, basketball, cricket, rugby, horse racing and motorsports have been ruling the roost too. BahrainÔÇÖs Maryam Yusuf Jamal, was the first female athlete from a Persian Gulf nation to win an Olympic medal in 2012. What else could stand as a better testimony?
One of the most thrilling football championships, Yuva Cup 2016 was conducted between 15 and 18 December 2016 at the Busaiteen Sports Club, Muharraq. We sponsored and participated in this really exciting tournament where the YUVA Team and KMCC team stood neck to neck, and finally the Yuva team won the match. The feeling was insane.
It was not just football that made us feverish this December, we caught the cricket fever too and participated in the TISCA Cricket tournament conducted at the Busaiteen Ground on 23 December 2016. Apart from this, we also went sponsored mainstream athletics such as 500 meters, 100 meters, shot put, long jump tournaments, held at the Pravasi sports meet in Ahli club.
Is there anyone who can escape the fanfare and the festivities associated with Christmas? Even the grumpy Grinch fell for Christmas at the end. A season for sharing and giving, we celebrated Christmas at the neighbourhood camps and had fun with the people around.
Such a fun way to wrap up 2016 with!