11 May

An Artist’s Guide to Bahrain

A young Bahraini illustrator gives us the lowdown

Written By Sarah Ben Romdane

Bahrain-based 23-year old illustrator Duaa Jamal Al-Aamer started experimenting with art on Photoshop in November 2017, as a way to raise awareness about gender inequality in the region.

 

Through her illustrations she’s created a parallel universe where alien-like women roam free in their own cosmic galaxy of equality. By drawing “alien chicks”, Jamal Al-Aamer celebrates the strength of women by highlighting them as extra-terrestrial creatures. 

 

MILLE caught up with the young artist to find out her favourite spots to eat, hang and check out art.

 

Saffron

 

I suggest trying Saffron for a traditional breakfast in Souq Muharraq. A few historic houses have been transformed into art and music museums in that area. It’s a great place to visit if you want to learn more about Bahrain’s history and culture.

 

 

Grind and 55 Old Street

 

My two favourite places for coffee. I particularly love their industrial decor.

 

thegrindcoffeebar.com

 

55oldst.com

 

 

Foundry

 

You can’t go wrong with this urban-American bistro for both lunch and dinner.

 

thefoundry2.saltid.com

 

 

Attic 

 

This restaurant’s rooftop has the best view to the Manama skyline.

 

atticbahrain.com

 

 

AlAali Mall

 

If you’re into boutique shopping.

 

alaalimall.com

 

 

Moda Mall

 

If you’re into designer shopping.

 

bahrainwtc.com

 

 

Riyadat Mall

 

This is where you’ll find the best local designers.

 

riyadat.com.bh

 

 

The Art Centre

 

Definitely one of my favourite art spaces, as it usually exhibits pieces by young starting artists, and regularly holds workshops.

 

culture.gov.bh

 

 

Mashq Art

 

A great space that continuously holds various conferences and talks.

 

@mashqart

 

 

Amwaj Islands

 

A must-visit for stand up paddling at sunset.

 

amwaj.bh