Sheikha Hind spotlights gender equality in Bahrain

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Updated 11 February 2020

Sheikha Hind spotlights gender equality in Bahrain

Sheikha Hind bint Salman Al-Khalifa, president of Bahrain International Federation of Business, delivered the keynote address at the 10th International Women Leaders Summit. The forum was attended by more than 250 female professionals from around the world.

The summit was preceded by an inaugural dinner the previous evening, attended by first lady of Pakistan Samina Alvi and Governor of Sindh Province Imran Ismail. 

The annual conference was organized by New World Concepts under the leadership of Yasmin Hyder, president of Pakistan Women Entrepreneurs Network for Trade (WE-NET).

Sheikha Hind’s keynote address focused on the challenges faced by women leaders worldwide, and the progress Bahrain has made in the field of gender equality since independence in 1971.

As a nation we have been blessed to have the support of our leadership in fostering a climate of inclusiveness.

Sheikha Hind bint Salman Al-Khalifa

“It was a privilege to talk about the achievements that the Kingdom of Bahrain has made in furthering women’s rights and strengthening the cause of gender equality,” she said.

“As a nation we have also been blessed to have the support of our leadership in fostering a climate of inclusiveness where Bahraini women are able to achieve their potential and work alongside their male counterparts in shaping the country’s future. I am also grateful to be invited to this summit as a special guest of Pakistan and to be able to use this opportunity to talk about Bahrain’s progress and development in the field of gender equality.” 

The International Women Leaders Summit conference series began in 2012 in Karachi, Pakistan. It has provided a platform for women leaders from around the world, and served to enhance their understanding of skillsets needed in leadership in both the public and private sectors. Since 2012, the annual conference has hosted more than 160 speakers from 40 countries along with over 2,300 delegates representing government ministers and presidents/CEOs of large multinationals, Academy Award winners, fashion designers and artists.

Four Seasons inspires travelers to value time

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Four Seasons inspires travelers to value time

In a year where we have been given one extra day (Feb. 29), Four Seasons set out to discover what is most meaningful to travelers, looking at both the value of time off and how we choose to spend that time. 

According to a new global study commissioned by Four Seasons, almost everyone surveyed, across geographies and age groups, valued more vacation time over more money if given the choice. The study of adults from the GCC, US, UK and China revealed that more than half of millennials (54 percent), Gen X (53 percent) and Boomers (56 percent) would opt for more vacation days over more compensation. Only Gen Z — many of whom have the luxury of more time yet seek financial independence — value a raise (62 percent) over more days off.

Christian Clerc, president, global operations, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, said: “Today’s travelers are seeking purpose through authentic experiences, returning home with a different understanding of the world around them. As a luxury hospitality company, we are at the forefront of this shifting consumer desire, and it inspires how we curate the guest experience, ensuring travelers leave Four Seasons with a sense of deep connection to the community and the destination’s culture.” 

The survey found that younger travelers — millennials and Gen Z — are bigger risk-takers compared to boomers; however, nearly all (95 percent) respondents agreed that a vacation is when they would be most likely to step outside of their comfort zone. In fact, more than a third of travelers have done something while on holiday that they did not know they could, like trying a new sport or learning a new skill to challenge themselves mentally and physically. This is particularly true for respondents in China, where two-thirds (66 percent) of Chinese adults surveyed said their travel style is better described as “getting out of their comfort zone” versus other markets (45 percent).

The most popular travel takeaway? Universally, the most common new interest across age groups and regions is cooking or eating new foods (56 percent), reinforcing the importance of unique and authentic dining experiences, something that Four Seasons claims to offer.

This leap year, Four Seasons is inviting guests to take a pause with their “Take Your Time: Daily Discoveries,” a curated collection of Four Seasons experiences that require no more than 1 day, 1 hour or even 1 minute:

1 Minute

Hoi An, Vietnam: A Goodnight Kiss

The body resonates with healing vibrations during the spa’s nightly ritual. Set your intention in writing, and then release a wishing candle onto the lotus pond as you say goodnight to the earth.

Baku, Azerbaijan: Taste of Tradition

You will never forget your first bite of the fresh-baked local tandir bread from the hotel’s clay oven or at a café in the historic Old City.

1 Hour

Budapest, Hungary: Take Tea at the Palace 

Sit back and taste lavish cakes and savory delights served on hand-painted Herend porcelain as live piano melodies fill the air in the hotel’s historic Peacock Passage.

Desroches Island, Seychelles: Walking With Giants

Cycle over to the island’s tortoise sanctuary to meet with an island conservation officer and say hello to baby Aldabra giant tortoises. George, a 120-year-old Aldabra, will be waiting for you too, ready to munch on his favorite snack — apples.

1 Day

Bali, Indonesia: High-flying Surf

Where are the best waves? TropicSurf pro Blake McKinnon shares his secrets as you ride a private helicopter to the otherwise difficult-to-reach surf off the coast of neighboring East Java. No crowds, just waves.

Megève, France: Helicopter Gourmands

Hop aboard the helicopter for a culinary expedition to nearby Thônes. Shop for the region’s famed Reblochon and Chevrotin cheeses, and then savor an artfully prepared meal by the fire in the historic Ferme des Vonezins chalet.