What Do You Know About Hussaini Art?

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.

Interview with Artist Zahra Al-Mahdi (Zouz the Bird)

Known mostly for her anatomical drawings – think da Vinci or Egon Schiele – and by her nickname Zouz the Bird, Zahra Al-Mahdi is a self-taught Kuwaiti artist and among a growing body of local artists changing the face of art and culture in Kuwait. “There’s no definition for myself – sometimes I feel that I’m seven years old, sometimes seventy. Goals should not be associated with age. My view of myself is always shifting,”

Kuwait University students visit Oman to uncover sultanate’s infinite mysteries – The enchanting mountains of Oman

The tales of demons and goblins may be true. This is what one Omani national said who went on depicting childhood stories about wizards and demons living on the land of Sultanate of Oman. The land entirely, as a matter of fact, is captivating with the charm of divine miracles, divert mountain colors that are mixed between green rainforests and dry deserts, the powerful sound of high Indian ocean waves that never rest in fall, the more it hit in the rocks, the more they resound greatness. Oman is where the order of mountain layers tells the globe what happened more than four billion years ago when Earth was formed. For seventeen years, undergraduate students from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science at Kuwait University, visit the Sultanate to uncover the infinite mysteries of Oman.

Kuwait Pets Abandoned in Summer Travel Season

It’s this time of the year when everybody is taking off to their perfect summer escapes or travel back home to visit their loved ones. It’s the time when you see thousands of pictures on social media of cute pets laying down in suitcases or hiding in backpacks. It’s the most stressful time for pets when their owners travel and leave them home alone. Although some have the money to spend on a summer holiday outside the country, not everyone is financially capable to secure a safe place for their pet while they’re away. 

Kuwait participates in Global T(W)eens Project

While we live in a world clouded by misinformation and confusion, some persist in their bid for peace and emphasize the idea that we are all equal despite being ethnically different. Differences melt and fade into the world of the young who have a lot more in common deep down despite where they grew up and how they were brought up. 

Kuwaiti professor develops effective cure for diabetic foot ulcers, some cancers

Kuwait Drug, a compound deduced from catfish skin and developed through forty years of local research, has proved to be effective for the treatment of intractable inflammatory cases, nervous system problems, wound healing and the diabetic foot ulcers and cancers, according to a local professor. The drug was developed by Professor Jassim Al-Hassan, Dean of the Faculty of Science at Kuwait University, a scientist and an observer who found alternative material to antibiotics from nature during a research period that spans over the period starting since the 1970s till this day. The formal adoption of the treatment needed global intensified research efforts, which has been funded and taken by the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, in the United States of America.

Behind the Neon signs of Hawally

When you meander through the streets of Hawally, it is easy to be distracted by the neon signs for shops, cafes, business offices. These signs like facades that obscure what may not please the onlookers. The area is situated just seven km from the Kuwaiti capital and has more than 164,212 inhabitants. Many of which are living in decayed houses and rickety buildings. Shared rooms for 80 KD and no less than 120 KD per apartment. The latter is often shared by more than four persons too.

Oil in The Making - A visit to Kuwait Bay

On this part of Kuwait (Kuwait Bay) where sea meets the desert lives an open laboratory for the miraculous production of oil. My brother, Dr Arafat Alshuaibi, an assistant professor in geology at Kuwait University, took me in a one hour trip to Subaiya desert to discover Kuwait Bay. However, what I’ve discovered was something beyond sand and oil.

The Secret Forest of Mahboula

The green and open spaces of Mahboula seem to have turned into an illegal landfill. All over the garbage area is being dumped without the slightest sense of responsibility towards this country or possible damage to the natural environment.  In older times, locals used to picnic in the tree-filled areas around Mahboula and Fintas, which were famous for their beauty and greenery in arid Kuwait. But now much of the area is covered with trash, discarded furniture and other throwaway items.

Shut Up and Shoot: The Importance of Street Photography in Kuwait

The scene is quiet. A tall Kuwaiti man crosses his hands, a Leica camera hanging from a strap from his shoulder to the side of his waist. He’s chatting with the man behind the counter, an older Arab date vendor, about the future of Souq Mubarakiya. The former is Khaled Al-Abdul Mughni, a prominent Kuwaiti street photographer and a businessman who, on that morning, was turning his lens to the troubles and delights found in one of Kuwait’s oldest markets.