13 Ma’akum Candidates Win BCCI 28 Elections


Obai & Hill are proud to announce that Ma’akum, a 16-member coalition of Bahraini business leaders running in the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) board elections in the 28th session, have walked away with a sweeping victory following the elections which took place on the 15th of February 2014. Ma’akum, headed by renowned businessman  Khalid Almoayed, landed 13 seats to make up more than half of the board, securing the most votes with 3,128.

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“It’s fabulous news,” said Mr. Almoayed.Khalid Almoayed

“I was confident of victory, but I don’t want to sound too offensive to other challengers. The election went very smoothly and I appreciate the work that everybody put in. Our group will now work very hard for the BCCI and the business community.”


A full PR and social media campaign was delivered by Obai & Hill for the Ma’akum 2014 campaign. Services delivered included branding and identity design,  artwork design for all marketing material and promotional booklets/flyers, as well as event management and coordination. From a PR perspective, we handled the day-to-day press management as well as social media management, press releases and distribution. Overall Obai & Hill were able to execute a very successful campaign,  cited as one of the most visible campaigns in the 28th session and highly praised for design. maakum--business-cards maakum--letterhead maakum--newsletter maakum--roll-ups maakum-invite-dinner maakum-invite-mentoring-session maakum-invite-press-conference

We wish the elected candidates the best of luck for the next session, and are happy to have worked with all 16 of some of the most influential and inspiring businessmen and women in Bahrain.


Maki Introduces The Amina Maki


The Amina Maki is the latest addition to Maki’s extensive menu. The Amina Maki is a collaboration between Amina Al Abbasi and Maki. A self-taught artist, Amina has been developing her artistic style while branching out to a full product line ranging from phone covers to handbags. Her art embraces traditional themes of Arab culture combined with a contemporary twist, similar to her collaboration with Maki.

The Amina Maki is an explosion of flavors for one’s taste buds, with a variety of ingredients that will suit everyone’s palettes. The Amina Maki incorporates fresh salmon, fresh white fish, avocado, shrimp tempura, rice, drizzled with teriyaki sauce and the award-winning extra virgin olive oil. Lastly, the maki is sprinkled with Japanese spices and green tea powder. As a final touch, the raw fish in the maki is torched, which enhances the flavors and brings out the juices that are hidden inside the fish.

The concept is to portray a vibrant artistic maki with a variety of flavors. In addition, the maki exudes Amina Al Abbasi’s creative personality, which is essential in namesake dishes. The Amina Maki will officially added to Maki’s diverse menu.

We had the pleasure of organizing the launch event – where Amina’s closest family and friends joined the celebration of unveiling The Amina Maki.

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Visit Maki at World Trade Center to try the Amina Maki – which is not only visually beautiful, but will excite your taste buds!



PLAY is thrilled to announce the launch of the PLAY Lounge – a fantastic new entertainment space specifically designed for children eight and above. Inspired by the needs of older children and built with their recommendations in mind, the interactive lounge offers a variety of fun and educational activities that encourage the children to boost their creativity and imagination.

The PLAY Lounge includes three main areas that cater to several preferences. The first space consists of a cooking and crafts room that will further enhance children’s minds and personalities through activities like baking blueberry cream-cheese muffins or designing dream catchers. The second space is a gaming zone, fully outfitted with televisions and gaming consoles and board games, which motivate children to learn and develop leadership qualities. Lastly, the third space is a karaoke performance area where children can belt out their favorite tunes in a theater-like ambiance.

While PLAY previously catered its facility to toddlers, the PLAY Lounge offers pre-teens a new space for leisure and entertainment. Siblings of all ages are now welcome to experience the numerous activities that PLAY provides, giving parents a one-stop shop for children of all ages. The duration of each PLAY session in the lounge is two hours and priced at 10 BD.

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For further information about the PLAY Lounge, please contact:

info@playbahrain.com or +973 17564900

Visit the website: www.playbahrain.com

For press enquiries, please contact sara@obaiandhill.com


Opening Times
Saturday – Wednesday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Thursday – Friday 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM


The “AliaApproved” Maki Launch

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We’re thrilled to announce an exciting collaboration between Maki and Alia Almoayed. Alia Almoayed was approached to design her own “AliaApproved” Maki which will be a healthier maki option.

The Maki team invited Alia Almoayed for dinner at Maki to test out different maki options according to her taste. Prior to the dinner, Alia carefully selected the healthy ingredients in which she envisioned her maki to contain. After tasting various options, Alia found a winner, which she is proud to approve. The “AliaApproved” Maki will be launching on Thursday, October 3, 2013. We are planning the launch event for Alia’s closest family and friends, along with distinguished members of the press.



MBA Fakhro Programme Launch

Manama, Bahrain (7 August, 2013) – MBA Fakhro Group, the holding company for Bahraini entrepreneur Mohammed Adel Fakhro’s business interests, today launched a call for applications for an Entrepreneurship Mentoring Program, the first in a series of initiatives focused on supporting a new generation of entrepreneurs. The program aims to encourage students to think outside the box and consider entrepreneurship as a very real possibility for their futures careers.


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More than a summer internship, the MBA Fakhro Entrepreneurship Mentoring Program aims to help five budding businessmen and women to develop their business ideas and bring them closer to reality. The initiative, which is set to be personally overseen by Fakhro targets university students between 18 to 23. Candidates will undergo an interviewing process and will be selected based on the potential of their business ideas and their ambitions. They will be placed within the Group’s various entities, where they will also gain valuable work experience.

Successful applicants will attend weekly mentoring sessions with Fakhro, where he will help develop their business plans and suggest solutions. Where possible, Fakhro will also utilize the Group’s network to support the entrepreneurs in realizing their goals. A panel of experts will also be conducting regular sessions with the students on various topics, focused on teaching them about the business world and helping to foster within each of them an entrepreneurial spirit.

“With the support offered through government initiatives such as Tamkeen, as well as the establishment of organisations such as the business angels network Tenmou, the time has never been better for young entrepreneurs to try out new ideas at a relatively lower risk level,” said Fakhro.

“We feel that supporting budding entrepreneurs is a noble effect and the best way of supporting the economy as a whole. It is, after all, entrepreneurs and the possible jobs that they will create that will pave the way for a better job market, and a better economy as a whole,” he said.


The program will also teach applicants to be ideal employees through practicing   ‘intrapreneurship’, the concept of innovating from within an institution.

The panel which supporting the program will include:

  • Hasan Haider, CEO, Tenmou Business Angels (The region’s first business angels network )
  • Noof Khonji, innovation consultant whose career has been based on helping people and institutions think outside he box
  •  Venkat S, Head of Strategic Business Initiatives at MBA Fakhro
  • Deepu Krishnan, Manager – Internet Businesses at MBA Fakhro Group

This program is the first of a series of events through which MBA Fakhro hopes to contribute to the growing interest in promoting new business ideas. Getting accepted into this program will also have the additional benefit of getting in on the ground floor of further MBA Fakhro entrepreneurship initiatives, another of which is due to be announced in the near future.

Applicants will need to fill a questionnaire and write an introduction explaining why they should be selected. Supplementary information, such as school and university grades, will help, but are not essential, explained Fakrho.

“We debated long and hard about whether to make university and school grades a deciding factor in the selection process. Although higher education played an important part in my personal professional development, we recognize that not everyone reaches their goals in the same way. There have been many successful entrepreneurs who didn’t finish their higher education, including some famous ones like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg,” he said.

“What we are looking for is creativity, enthusiasm, hard work, and an appetite for thinking outside the box. The cover letter and responses to our questionnaire will tell us everything we need to know to evaluate the students. Brief interviews with the students will help us shortlist the final candidates.”

“My colleagues, who have kindly accepted to take part in this program, and I look forward to mentoring these young minds and see where things go”.

Emails can be sent to internship@mbafakhro.com including the following documents:

  • A cover letter about why they want to participate in the program
  • Educational information and references, or a CV if available
  • A copy of the applicant’s CPR
  • Responses to the questionnaire downloadable on the website www.mbafakhro.com
  • Applicants will be accepted from August 4 – August 24
  • The internship will run from August 25 – September 12


For questions and more information, please email internship@mbafakhro.com

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Maki Bahrain Introduces the Wafa Maki

A collaborative effort between the Obai & Hill team with our Creative Director’s mark and the skillful chefs at Maki, the Wafa Maki was created to introduce a new concept dish to the already tantalizing menu.

A delicious Crab and Avocado roll wrapped in Umeboshi Paper drizzled with the restaurant’s award winning Oliver’s Table Extra Virgin Olive Oil, topped with Sesame, Wasabi flakes and served on a bed of greens.

The Wafa Maki is now available on the menu. We’d love for you to try it and let us know what you think!

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The Wafa Maki



Maki is located in the Bahrain World Centre, Manama, Bahrain.

10 Things We’re Sick of Hearing the Client Say

While we love our clients (dearly, they do after all pay our salaries) – we often tire of hearing the same old song when it comes to their opinions on our designs. Here are the top 10 things we’re sick of hearing the client say:


Check out the rest of our new ad campaign and please – share your thoughts! We’d love to hear what you think.


(Is The Simpsons theme song playing in anyone else’s head or is it just me?)




Yes – we’re full of it. So what?


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Blog Design and Consulting

Here at Obai & Hill we strongly believe in the power of the written word – but let’s face it the only written words that matter these days are online. With so many blogs taking the internet by storm (there are a whopping 42,000,000 on wordpress.com alone), distinguishing your blog is more difficult than ever.

That’s why we’ve launched our new Blog Design and Consulting service. We take care of everything from initial consultation and concept development to blog branding, design and even content creation.

For more information information on our services or to request a proposal, contact us or visit our website.

Job Opportunity: Web Designer and Developer

We’re hiring!

Obai & Hill is looking for a dynamic and innovative Web Designer and Developer to join our Bahrain team.

If you are a tech-savvy web aficionado who knows a thing or two about front-end design, then this position could be just for you.

As our resident Web guru, you will design exceptional web solutions from start to finish. This position requires expert knowledge in HTML5, Photoshop and other digital design tools. Your core expertise needs to be in the area of web and interaction design, but any additional multimedia knowledge would be a huge plus. You will require strong attention to detail, digital branding expertise and the motivation to take your designs to the next level.

Job Requirements

• Strong visual design skills

• Strong HTML and web skills

• Experience in software programming and graphics

• Creativity and innovative ideas

• Adaptability and ability to pick up new skills

• 1+ years work experience in similar role

• Good technical knowledge and industry insights required

• Strong Photoshop skills

• Fluency in English; Arabic preferred but not necessary

Duties and Responsibilities

You will be responsible for the design, layout and coding of websites and will be expected to be involved with the technical and graphical aspects of a website; how the site works and how it looks. This also includes the maintenance and updates of existing sites. Other duties include but are not limited to:

• Determine and assess functionality of sites

• Give guidance on layout, colours, styles

• Write the programming code required for sites

• Test websites to identify technical issues

• Upload sites and register it with search engines

Think you’re perfect for the job? E-mail zaid@obaiandhill.com with a copy of your CV and (optional)* covering letter.

*We won’t make you start jumping through hoops until you work with us, don’t worry.