All tagged Kuwait

Gargoor, The Surviving Fishing Trap From The Past

There, in a vast land at the end of Fahaheel, the air carries between its aromas, the feel of the sea. The sun is near the sunken, and It’s time for the fishermen to return to their homes.  Before that, you see them gearing up their fishing kits for another day. Thousands of huge fish traps, most of them are neatly set in a way that attracts attention of transients.

Fahaheel Cemetery

Cemeteries are sacred in all parts of the earth, and for any faith to which the dead belong. Once you enter a graveyard, the dead will impose respect. Hence, you’d walk among them in reverence and caution, without putting a foot except on empty pathways. Even after the weather has obscured the features of the tombs, its prestige holds up in the face of time.  I went to a cemetery once to visit my mother and father at Sulaibikhat. But it was the first time I could take pictures of a closed burial ground in the country.

Sabeel Water Fountains

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.

Kuwait’s famous ‘Gazelle Club’

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.
Welcome to what was once called the Gazelle Club.

Mubarakiya Strike Against Rent Increase, A Happy Ending

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%.

re:food, A pioneering food bank in Kuwait

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.

Books of Gold

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.

 

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.