SSH – I am here

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“I am here” is a short film (ad) for the architecture firm SSH that showcases their work including the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Center and the soon to open Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre in Shaab. It’s a well-done film that really brings out the beauty of JACC so take a couple of minutes to watch it. [Vimeo]


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10 Things I Love About Living in Kuwait

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Living in Kuwait as an expat is something millions of people from around the world have experienced. Here I share my 10 best things about life in Kuwait as a British expat from the UK.

Life is different here – some things you will love and some things you will not love. Share your comments below. I read them all.

I’m Mike from Oxford, England and my videos mostly teach Arabic phrases. I also do the occasional Arabic music video and travel video from somewhere cool I’ve been. Welcome to my channel! [YouTube]

I wonder what my favorite 10 things would be? Lots of free time, chill lifestyle, friends, good food, good coffee, cheap fuel….


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Kuwait – The Call Of Nature

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Hard to believe but this video was shot in Kuwait.

Thanks Cake


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Kuwait’s First Female Ice Hockey Team Trains for World Tournament

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In their red, white and blue uniforms, Kuwait’s first female ice hockey team is training hard in the desert ahead of their debut world tournament later this month.

Affectionately dubbed the “ice ladies” by local media, athletes in hijab or with their hair hastily tied in topknots pull on their helmets before taking to the rink in the Kuwaiti capital — where temperatures top 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) on a sunny October afternoon. [Source]

The team will play their first international game on October 30 at the Ice Hockey World Championship in Bangkok.


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On a Kuwaiti Island, Relics of the Gulf War

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Failaka Island was recently featured in the New York Times “The Daily 360”. Th video is composed of a bunch of short 360 degrees videos stitched together which you can move around in. Check it out above or in full screen on the NYT website [Here]


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Cop on Phone During Arrest

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Last week police arrested a man who stabbed his wife at least seven times and the video of the arrest went viral. I just got to watch the video now and found it a bit confusing since in the video it looks like civilians are arresting the murderer, while the cop is on his phone the whole time.

The video starts off with a police officer ordering a man to surrender while he had his Apple earbuds on and the phone in his hand recording the whole incident. While he is recording the video, two men in civilian clothing get closer to the man, one of them looks to be carrying a police baton. Once the man surrenders and lies down on his stomach, the two civilians proceed to secure the man down and then one of them goes to get handcuffs before coming back and handcuffing the man. Finally a second policeman comes into the video and hands something over to one of the civilians.

Now my educated guess is at least one of the civilians is actually a cop himself, probably off duty or undercover, but its still weird that the first cop was on his phone the whole time. Check out the video above to get an idea of what I’m talking about.


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Kuwait Airways Video Review

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Sam Chui, the world’s most followed aviation blogger recently flew on one of the new Kuwait Airways planes and reviewed it. Overall he really liked the new planes although he had major issues with the Kuwait Airport, but don’t we all. I’m surprised Kuwait Airways didn’t bump him up to first class from business since it didn’t look like anyone was there and it’s Sam Chui..


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Huge Street Fight in Shuwaikh

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Just found this video while looking for stuff to post about. It took place around a month ago based on the upload date and it happened right in front of Abyat. No clue what it was about but a number of cars were attacked and one car even tried running over a bunch of guys.


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Dewaniya Show Discusses Long Term Expats Issue

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The Dewaniya Show on Marina FM brought up my post on my parents having to leave Kuwait for good and discussed the topic of long term expats on the air. They’ve only shared the first two and a half minutes online which you can watch above, but I’m hoping to get a hold of the whole episode since I’m curious to what peoples opinions on the subject was. Once I do I’ll post it up here.

Update: Ali Khajah the host of the show also wrote an article on this subject in Aljarida newspaper which you can read [Here]


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Short Film: The Unmissing Part

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The Unmissing Part” is a short 2 minute film by Kuwaiti film maker Ahmad Alkhudari. The film won a total of 11 awards at various film festivals around the world last year which is pretty impressive so check it out.

Thanks Ghadeer!


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