You can now book your driving license test online

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The future is here (if you ignore the 90s style clipart) [Link]


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Road rage caught on a dashcam

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I saw this maniac coming up fast from behind while I was traveling at 100km/hr (speed limit). I horned him as he flashed past, and flashed my lights to suggest he slow down. He stops, asks “What you want” several times, then grabs my phone (I got it back), and twice kicks the door (hear the thuds), and then leaves, unaware the whole episode is being recorded. Highway 40, 7:40am 30/7/2012 . Ever tried to make a complaint to the police here? Last time I tried, I was sent to 3 other police stations and had to bring an interpreter – no police station would take the complaint, eventually I realized that complaints from expats is highly discouraged. I see scores of similar (speeding) incidents every day.

This reminds me, I need to setup my dashcam. [YouTube]

Note: Did video was NOT shot by me.


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Lt. General Abdulfattah Al-Ali on KTV2

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The news segment is on the new speed cameras that have been installed all over Kuwait. I personally found the fact that KTV2 is still alive more interesting. [YouTube]

Thanks Kuwait


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Water Tanker on the highway

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A car can get impounded because it has a sticker on the rear window but this truck is ok on the highway. [YouTube]


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Kuwaiti girl in yellow Ferrari gets egged in London

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She’s lucky it didn’t smash inside car. [YouTube]

Thanks FYI


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The traffic lights aren’t melting

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The photo on the left has been making its rounds on whatsapp with people saying its so hot the traffic lights are melting. That’s not true of course with the picture on the right explaining how that traffic light actually melted.


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Best of Gulf Run

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This latest video by TJCfilms is a “Best of Gulf Run” compilation. Gulf Run is an event in which guys from Kuwait send their cars to Bahrain and spend two days racing on the Formula 1 circuit with other drivers. Check out the video above or watch it on [YouTube]


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The Jaguar F-Type

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A couple of weeks ago I was driving on the highway when a Jaguar F-Type drove past me. It was the first time I had seen one in person and I thought the rear end looked amazing which is why once I got home I emailed my contact at Jaguar asking if I could borrow the car, which I did, last week.

The F-Type turned out to be smaller than I was expecting it to be and that’s a good thing since I’m not a fan of large sports cars. It’s a 2-seat roadster convertible with a soft top that comes with either a V6 or a V8 engine. The model I tested had the V6 S-type engine which has 40 more horsepower compared to the regular V6.

The F-Type is by far the best looking Jaguar in production right now and is easily one of the hotest looking roadsters available on the market. I love the direction they went with the rear end but even the front of the car looks slick and aggressive. The interior of the car I drove was a combination of black and tan. I’m not usually a big fan of tan but since the dashboard and everything else was black and just the leather seats and leather trim in tan, the combination looked pretty good.

Performance wise although the car I drove was the F-Type S it wasn’t as fast as I was hoping it would be. Don’t get me wrong, I risked deportation a number of times while driving the car (by accident of course) but it wasn’t the “this car is going to kill me” kinda fast. On the other hand the car sounds INSANE! The model I drove was the fully loaded F-Type S with the optional exhaust system installed and if there is one option you have to get with this car this is the one. The exhaust system by default sounds fairly normal but there is a little switch on the centre console which once pressed transforms the exhaust into a completely different beast. The car was easy to drive (slow and fast) and it felt pretty responsive and agile weaving in and out of traffic.

I didn’t have or spot any major issues with the car during the time I had it but I was supposed to drop a friend off at the airport with the car and I couldn’t. The trunk of the F-Type is so small that I couldn’t fit a medium sized bag into it. I also had an issue with the car dials, during the day they just seemed a bit dark and I kept wishing they were much brighter. Finally the soft top, it’s not just with this Jaguar but in general I’m just not a fan of soft tops in Kuwait. For the good part of the year the roof is going to be closed and a foldable hard top would be much more practical solution for our weather.

One thing that surprised me about the car was the price. Whenever a friend asked me how much the car was worth I told them I didn’t know but that I assumed it cost upwards of KD30,000. When I was returning the car I found out the car actually starts at around KD22,000 which I felt was undervalued. The car looks like it’s worth a lot more than that and if you look at what else is available at that price range the Jag looks like a great buy. Of course with all the extra options the price does add up. If you want the F-Type S that starts at 25,000 and the model I drove was a fully loaded F-Type S (exhaust, rear camera, 20inch wheels etc..) which costs 29,500. The V8 model is even more expensive of course.

Anyway if you’re interested in test driving the car yourself you can pass by the Jaguar dealer in Al-Rai (Al-Zayani) and check it out there.


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Have a traffic fine? Pay it now!

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According to Major General Abdul Fattah Al Ali in the video above, they will soon be slapping travel bans on anyone who hasn’t paid their traffic violations. So if you have any fines (like I did) then you better pay them now. [YouTube]

You can check and pay your traffic violations online [Here]


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Someone’s going to get deported…

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Thanks MSM


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