You will not die out of thirst in Kuwait. Whether you take the air on your feet or drive your car, free drinking water is distributed to all neighborhoods of Kuwait and its urban areas, which are called in Arabic, Maa’a Sabeel, i.e. the road drinking fountain. What is interesting is that water fountains are covered with large sculptures so that walkers can see them remotely. Read More
Walking around, a rickety wall caught my eye. Broken glass was embedded at the top to prevent curious people, like myself, from sneaking into the empty yard behind it. However, it was accessible from the beach. On the side of the wall was a closed gate with a sign, smashed in a deliberate manner as if someone wanted to obliterate the memories of the place and its history. Read More
Welcome to what was once called the Gazelle Club.
There’s a local saying rolling in Kuwait, “Whenever you feel upset, go to Mubarakiya”. But when I got there on Thursday morning, 16 of March, Anger and sadness overtook the cheerful soul of that place. At Souq Al-Gharabally in Mubarakiya every single shop has been shut, including the fruits and veggie stalls, fisheries and butcheries on the day people come pilgrims from all Gulf countries because it marks the beginning of the weekend. The first and top generation of traders and merchants of Mubarakiya closes their shops in a smash against the high rental cost that rises up to 500%. Read More
He was warned: surrender or be dragged from his home, in front of his wife and children, and be humiliated. That was how Retired Maj Gen Hassan Jassem Hussein knew that the Iraqi occupation forces were looking for him. Read More
Can you imagine the fate of unsold food nearing the end of its shelf life? At cooperative societies and supermarkets, food companies offer products at a discount before they expire. The rest end up incinerated or buried inlandfills. In Kuwait, solidwaste goes up each year by more than two million tons, 50 percent of which is foodstuff, according to a 2013 World Bank Report. Read More
Young people like to stand out from the crowd, showing off their talents or luxury possessions. But one teenage boy had a particularly unusual passion: Collecting old books and magazines. It was a passion that led to him own one of Kuwait’s largest collections of rare books.
Kuwaitis do not want to scare away winter, as they superstitiously believe that winter will flee once people are seen wearing heavy clothes. Read More
Husseiniyahs around Kuwait opened in Muharram, this hijri (Islamic) year cautiously amid tight security protection by the Ministry of Interior due to the instability of the political state of affairs in the gulf region. Despite the concern, Shiites muslims celebrated the martyrdom of the grandson of the prophet Muhammed (S), Al-Hussein (Peace be upon him) and his retinue. The grief is expressed profoundly in speeches and gatherings, But also, artistically in theatres, painting workshops, and personification. This year, Ashour Husainiyah in Benaid Al-gar, organized a Madam Tussaud's-like temporal museum showcasing scenes of this historical event. Read More
Mahboula is located between Fintas and Abu Halifa in Al-Ahmadi governorate between the coastal road and Highway 30 (Fahaheel Expressway). In recent years, it has witnessed a huge regeneration in the real estate market. There are now tens of high-rise buildings and residential tower blocks in the final stages of completion, in addition to newly paved streets. Rents range between KD 170 dinars and KD 450, depending on number of rooms and the floor, which are high, considering the average room size is between 3 to 4 sqm, tiny bathrooms and the long distance from Kuwait City. Read More