Registration Open: The Seventh Nuqat Conference

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Nuqat is one of the largest creative conference events in the MENA region and registration is now open for their seventh annual conference titled “The Seventh Sense”. The week long program will take place at the Amricani Cultural Centre from the 10th to the 17th of November and include interactive talks, discussion panels, roundtable sessions, workshops, cultural tours, galleries, live performances and more.

All lectures and discussion panels are free to attend but you still need to register for a ticket [Here] or using the Nuqat app.

The workshops on the other hand aren’t free (Except the kids ones). Below is a list of all the workshops that will be taking place:

Designing and Producing Arabic fonts using Glyph app ($365)
Wall Tagging: Wajh Al Hurouf: Face of Calligraphy ($265)
Creative Pivoting: Your Business From New Perspectives ($365)
Food in Motion Photography ($365)
The Daily Future: Improve Everyday Objects or Problems Using Technology ($365)
Boosting Your Employability in the Creative Industry ($165)
Sadu Inspired Product Design ($280)
Creative Leadership Group A: Shifting Perspectives for Societal Impact ($220)
Creative Leadership Group B: Shifting Perspectives for Societal Impact ($220)
Kids Workshop: Gardening Activity (Free)
Kids Workshop: Center of the Arts Painting (Free)
Kids Reading Corner by My Book My Friend (Free)
Kids Workshop: That Al Salasil Arts & Crafts (Free)
Kids Workshop: Engineering For Kids (Free)

If you’re interested to find out more about a specific workshop or want to register for one then click [Here]

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The Kuwait Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale

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Between East & West: A Gulf

Kuwait is participating at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale which is the largest architecture show in the world. The Kuwait Pavilion is called ‘Between East & West: A Gulf’.


I had seen photos of the Kuwait Pavilion exhibit over the summer but didn’t post about it since I had difficulty understanding the exhibit myself and so would have trouble writing about it. But one of the architects involved in the project recently sent me the video above which made things a lot clearer so I decided to share it on my blog. If you can’t hear the audio in the video because you’re at work, here is the project description from their website:

Hundreds of islands dot the waters between the Arabian and Persian shores. An afterthought in the political maneuverings of their respective coasts, these islands tell an alternative narrative to the one which drives conceptions of the region. They represent a possibility greater than spaces of political contestation and hesitant demarcation. These islands are the sites of identity in formation, places of experimentation and architectural invention. Their historical roles were as varied as places of leisure, spirituality, planning, war, exile, and health. The island is an entity both isolated but also crucially connected through the waters of the Gulf, and thus not an exception to the national but the rule which defines it.

This year’s Kuwaiti pavilion looks beyond the shores of the country and argues in favor of a masterplan for a united Gulf. By presenting the untold history of the region and proposing an alternate future, the pavilion casts the hydrography as a singular entity of neither East nor West, but as an untapped archipelago which defined the region and offers the greatest possibility for its reconciliation.


What is unique about this exhibit is that it was conceived and executed by a fairly small and young team of architecture students and recent graduates. Here is a list of everyone that was involved and you can find their full bio on the pavilion website:

Commissioners: Zahra Ali Baba – National Council for Culture Arts and Letters / Kuwait (NCCAL)
Curators: Hamed Bukhamseen, Ali Karimi
Art Director / Graphic Designer: Fahad Alhunaif
Publication Coordinator / Editor: Muneerah Alrabe
Project Designers and Research Architects: Saphiya Abu Almaati, Shahab Albahar, Mai Albusairi, Nada Alqallaf, Rawan Alsaffar, Yousef Awaad Hussein
Financial Team: Mohammed Al Ajmi, Mohammed Al Jameel
Administrative Team: Abdullah Albeeshi (Head of team), Noora Al Musallam, Jaber Al Qallaf, Jassim Al Shamali.

The 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale opened up this past May and is running until November 27th. For more information and photos on the project, check out the Kuwait Pavilion website [Here]

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New Grendizer Mural up for Urban Culture Week

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Over the weekend two talented graffiti artists painted the above Grendizer mural on the side of a building in Sharq. The two artists were Mohamed & Omar Kabbani, identical twin brothers who go by the name ASHEKMAN. The mural is part of this weeks Urban Culture Week organized by Redbull that started yesterday and ends tomorrow. For more information on Urban Culture Week click [Here]


If you want to check out the mural in person, here is the location on [Google Maps]
Make sure you also check out ASHEKMAN’s instagram account @ASHEKMAN

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Nuqat Membership Program

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Nuqat are mostly known for the creative conference which they hold every year (one of the largest in our region), but throughout the year they also offer various workshops and courses related to the creative field as well. Last week they launched a new membership program that includes a lot of benefits and if you’re planning to attend this years creative conference then you should probably sign up to it. Some of the benefits include:

– Free admission ticket to the Nuqat annual conference, not including workshops
– 15% discount on any paid event
– 15% discount on paid workshops and courses
– Access to a set of free courses during the year
– Priority seats to free and paid workshops and courses during the year
– Quarterly E-Newsletter: Receive exclusive up-to-date news on what’s happening in Nuqat.
– Invites/Priority seats to events of interest including: gallery previews, think tank sessions, research discussions, roundtables, film screenings, private musical performances, networking events etc.
– Discounts from various partners [Details Here]


The annual membership costs KD35 but admission ticket alone to the Nuqat annual conference this year for example is KD45 (unless a sponsor subsidies it). So if you’re planning to attend the talks this year then just by becoming a member you’re already saving KD10. If you’re interested and are looking for more information, check out the Nuqat page [Here]

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Interior Shots of the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre

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Looks pretty incredible, can’t wait to check it out myself.

Thanks Love_my_kuwait

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Is this the new Kuwait Airways branding?

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Yesterday images started floating around on whatsapp and instagram of what looks like the new branding for Kuwait Airways. I personally doubt it’s their new branding just because the presentation seems too shallow and because I highly doubt the agency they’re working with would prematurely share the work before an official launch. Not only that but Kuwait Airways sent out the RFP (Request For Proposal) in mid March and they were going to select an agency by mid April so two months isn’t enough time to rebrand an airline.


The agency behind this presentation is Argentinian based DHNN and a few days ago they uploaded a few slides of their Kuwait Airways work to their Behance portfolio. Most likely DHNN was one of the agencies that was pitching for the job but didn’t get it and these few slides are just from their initial pitch.


In any case I’ve attached a few images from the presentation to this post but you could see all the slides that were released on Behance [Here]

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Nuqat Creative Conference 2015 Flashback

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Nuqat is the largest creative conference event in the MENA region and the video above is a flashback from the last event which was held back in November. The video has been online since March so I have no idea how I missed it. [YouTube]


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More Details on Al Shaheed Park Phase II

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Ricardo Camacho, one of the leading architects behind Al Shaheed Park posted some more information on Phase II which I posted on yesterday. Ricardo mostly discusses the thinking process behind Phase II and the numerous obstacles they had to be aware of.

Following the research survey of numerous youth-related facility units within Kuwait City’s urban perimeter, the Al Shaheed Park extension (phaseII) assumes a mixed program along the following facilities: a. Educational; b. Social/Culture; c. Health; d. Food+Beverage; e. Retail; f.Sports. The majority of the program typologies assumed for this site, encompass a range of facilities (outdoor and indoor) that in Kuwait are usually in centralized locations within a residential neighborhood and directly connected to institutional facilities such as schools, mosques and Coops.

His full post is on Linkedin and you can check it out [Here]

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A Fairytale Setup

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Found this video on Vimeo of what looks to be a setup for a wedding or some sort of other event that took place in Kuwait. Whatever the event was, the setup looks magical, like something out of a fairytale. It was done by the UAE based company DesignLab Experience and I’m super impressed. [Vimeo]


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Small Business: Concretist

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A lot of the small local businesses that pop up on instagram seem to be related with food, but every now and then you get one that isn’t. Concretist is one and I’m so in love with their products.

Concretist is all about concrete if you couldn’t already tell from their name and the photos here. They create different items like candle holders, pots and coasters all by hand using concrete. Their work is very minimilist and tasteful which is why I knew I needed to get something as soon as I saw their stuff. I ended up ordering one of their candle holders, 3 small differently shaped plant pots and a larger custom pot for my beautiful orchid. I actually wanted to get more of their items but I just couldn’t figure out where I’d put them at home.


The guy behind Concretist is Faisal Al-Ghoul, a Jordanian expat who works as a banker during the day but stays up late at night to work on these beautiful concrete creations. He got into concrete out of curiosity when he found a bag of it outside his house one day. Wanting to see what he could do with it, he started experimenting with the concrete and later started creating items for his home. When his friends saw his creations they also wanted some so he started making more and his small business started like that.


Since everything is handmade and made to order, there is usually a short waiting period unless he has the item in stock. My items are taking two weeks to produce which actually isn’t that bad. I like that it takes time but if you’re hoping to get a last minute gift for someone, this isn’t going to be a practical option, not unless you plan ahead which is what I’ll be doing. I also love the fact that you can order the pots with plants since saves me the trouble of going to the plant nurseries myself. Faisal’s prices are very reasonable, if anything I actually think they’re a bit on the low side since for example his small pots start at KD12. Considering they’re hand made and he can only produce so many, his prices are a steal since they’re kinda like little art pieces.

If you’re interested in checking out their items or ordering anything, you can check out the Concretist instagram account @concretist

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