Health and fitness posts coming back

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Every now and then I invite professionals to contribute to this blog to help me cover subjects I personally cannot do myself. One subject I used to enjoy reading were the health and fitness posts which were written by Fahad AlYehya (thedietninja). Since Fahad moved on from the blog a long time ago, I’ve invited a new contributor to take over that subject, Amy Freeman.

I was introduced to Amy by a friend of mine a couple of weeks back and after first meeting her I realized she could provide a lot of interesting content for the blog which I’d personally love to read. Amy just published her first post below and I’m now looking forward to reading more of her stuff on a weekly basis. I hope everyone else will too.


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From this Weeks Classifeds

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Weekly roundup of some interesting items for sale in the classifieds section:

Sony DSC-QX10
Pedro’s Massive Sale
M-Audio Keystation ES61
Polaroid Land 220 Camera
Apple iPad Air 16GB (sealed)
Canon 7D with Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens
Denon AVR4810CI 9.3-Channel Multi-Zone Home Theater

For more items on sale check out Classifieds


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Classifieds Working Again

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For those of you who were having trouble publishing your ads in the Classifieds section the past two days, the issue has now been resolved. Sorry for the inconvenience.


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New Gaming Section

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This is probably the last new section I’m adding to the blog right now, it’s a gaming section that will be run by my brother. He was running his own blog called Sixteenbit Dreams and I thought his posts were all very interesting so I moved him into my blog. He’s contributed on 248AM before with gaming posts but now he’s going to have his own dedicated section. So check it out either by clicking on Gaming in the navigation strip at the top or by clicking [Here]


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Market now Classifieds

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Just a minor change, I renamed the Market section to Classifieds. I figured Classifieds is easier to understand plus is more google friendly. All the old Market links you have should automatically take you to the new location. [Classifieds]


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The New Fashion & Lifestyle Section

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One of my plans for 2014 is to provide you guys with more content. I already have 248PM where I post random things not related to Kuwait, I also recently launched the Events and the Market section and now I’m introducing another section, one that will focus on fashion and lifestyle.

Last year after not being able to find someone to help me run the fashion section (I obviously can’t run it myself), I gave up on the idea completely until a few months back. Through a series of events I came up with the idea of creating a community driven fashion section in which I would invite various brands and people to participate in it. The brands would get exposure and I would get content, a win win situation.

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After spending a few months meeting various people and trying to coordinate a synchronized launched, the fashion section is finally officially up. Currently the following brands have already started participating in the section: Al Ostoura, Al Yasra Fashion, 4, Pink Moon, Violet Concept as well as local fashion photographer Jalil Marvin and fashion blogger Joumana Soufi. There are a few more brands and people who will also be joining soon but I couldn’t wait any longer to launch the section.

So check out the section either by clicking on the “Fashion” button in the top navigation strip or by clicking [Here]

If you’re a fashion brand and you’re interested in being part of that section [Email Me]


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I’m back

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It was an amazing (although short) time off from the blog. I’m back in London now so will resume posting as usual.


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Sorry we’re closed.

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I’m currently in London and heading out to Paris tomorrow and I’ve decided while I’m there I won’t be posting anything on the blog at all. I will be back to London on the 25th and will resume posting then. So that’s basically 4 days without posting, the longest I’ve gone without posting since back in 2004. I’m taking a much needed break from the blog but I will continue to instagram.

So I hope everyone has a nice holiday, I’m out!


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The 248AM Market + 9 Year Anniversary

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In the past couple of months I introduced a bunch of new things to the blog in an effort to provide you with even more content and entertainment. The first thing I did was create a dedicated Events section late last year and then at the start of this year I introduced the revamped Community. Now I’m introducing the Market.

The Market came about by necessity since the “For Sale” section in the Community became too difficult to manage. So, I shutdown the “For Sale” section there and created this new dedicated classifieds section instead. I had the locally based Orange Jetpack Studios help me get it running and looking the way I want it to and even though there is still room for improvement, I think its ready right now. So check out the Market either by clicking the link in the navigation bar on top or by clicking [Here]

Over the years the blog has become more than just a blog and your expectations of it has also changed. In a couple of days it will be the 9 year anniversary of the blog which is a pretty long time. Awhile back a reader wrote something which I hadn’t thought of before which is that some people started reading the blog while they were still in school, and then continued reading the blog all the way through their university years and now from their jobs. I found that amazing since I never expected to blog for this long. I truly appreciate everyone who reads the blog and from my side I’ll continue to keep finding content that interests you. This is my dream job.


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Teaming up with Entrepreneur Middle East

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I was recently approached by Entrepreneur Middle East to contribute to their monthly magazine and I got the beautiful letter below today from the editor in chief which I thought I would share:

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A Vested Interest: Mark Makhoul is the Goto Reference on All Things Kuwait

entrAs the Editor in Chief of a magazine like Entrepreneur Middle East, I find it a necessity to bring forward the best and brightest across the MENA region when it comes to contributors. This is where Mark Makhoul, Founder of 248am comes in to the picture.

After faithfully reading the current 248am posts for the past year (and the well-stocked 248am archives of endless content), I see Kuwait as a happening and interesting place in the GCC, albeit a lot less publicized. Mark really has managed to capture both the coolest hidden factors of Kuwait, and the most relevant goings-on in everything from business to hospitality. Through 248am, Mark has actually convinced me that Kuwait might even be my next weekend destination in the GCC for an interesting getaway.

Since Mark acts as a de facto brand ambassador for the Gulf nation of Kuwait and its capital city, I asked him to be our authority on the new, the now, and the relevant as of March 2014.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading his work in Entrepreneur ME as much as I will.

My Best,

Fida Chaaban
Editor in Chief


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