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An Artist’s Guide to Bahrain

A young Bahraini illustrator gives us the lowdown

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.




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.





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





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



AlAali Mall


If you’re into boutique shopping.



Moda Mall


If you’re into designer shopping.



Riyadat Mall


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



The Art Centre


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



Mashq Art


A great space that continuously holds various conferences and talks.





Amwaj Islands


A must-visit for stand up paddling at sunset.

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