Kuwaiti in the Arctic

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Nasser Al-Fozaie is a Kuwaiti who is currently living in the Arctic. He emailed me a couple of weeks back and I was curious to why he was there and so he sent me the below to share on the blog:

I’ve always wanted to experience the Arctic. I’m Nasser Al-Fozaie, a twenty-three year-old Kuwaiti, currently conducting sociocultural research and fieldwork on the Greenlandic Inuit society. I dare say life in the Arctic is quite extraordinary and the environment is truly wondrous to behold. The moment I arrived to Nuuk, Greenland, I was greeted by the heavenly whiteness of the city’s mountainous terrain and the rippling waters of Labrador with its gently floating sea ice in all its grace.

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I’m currently on my second week and I plan to stay here for the next four months, God willing. I decided to come here because I’ve always been fascinated by Earth’s geographic polar regions and I myself have travelled to many parts of the globe to experience both the physiography and the cultures of the places I visit. I lived in a Fijian village, for example, teaching in a public school and performing environmental initiatives with the locals. I was actually inaugurated into a native Fijian tribe which is way cool. I also went on several solo excursions such as backpacking across New Zealand, trekking the Cornish coast of Southwest England, train-hopping across Eastern Canada and music touring across the United States.

Indeed in order to truly understand something, you will need to put in the effort of exploring and searching for the answers you covet. The esoteric beauty that lies within travel is that it teaches humility and you soon realize how wrong you’ve been living. That said, I don’t necessarily understand why a lot of people are losing confidence in their abilities – they numb themselves through the doleful modus of self-deprecation. They, in perhaps a rather puerile sense, give up on their dreams. They start to imbue a desire for comfort and contentment – average contentment. It’s as if the extraordinary is no longer yearned for or encouraged.

I think many of us in Kuwait are fortunate to be given the opportunity to luxuriate our minds with knowledge and that’s something certainly worth thinking about rather than stressing over which restaurant you’ll dine in today or which car you want to save up for – the Audi or the Jaguar, or whether you should wear Chanel or Valentino tonight. .. and such is the malady of the contemporary indulgent persona. Thus far, I have received exceptional amounts of both academic and moral edification and with God’s help, I will continue to learn and grow.

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The Greenlandic Inuit people are quite sophisticated and masters of their trade, having grown from a hunter-gatherer society to a more industrialized community – which has begotten many sociocultural and sociopolitical conflicts, like the pseudo-modernization of the Greenlandic youth and the Danish influences and how it affects the culture, linguistics, politics and economy of this autonomous state. There is so much life out here, one wonders where to begin… so let’s just leave it at this point for now.

If you’re interested you could follow my Arctic adventures on instagram @nasser_alfozaie


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28 comments, add your own...


  1. lfcq8 says:

    good luck to him on living his dream but he has no right to criticize the way other people want to live theirs

  2. mhm says:

    Yo nasser have you studied @KNES?

  3. Kuwait says:

    Good luck Nasser! Interesting read.

    I know its pretty cold out there but next time use a few simple English words :)

  4. Buzz says:

    Yeah, he began his essay well, but then he messed up when he started to patronize others for not being like him. A little modesty might suit him well.

    • Abdullah says:

      those in kuwait who suffer from “the malady of the contemporary indulgent persona” NEED a bit of patronizing. Bravo to Nasser for calling us out…..hhhhmmm am i going to drive my audi or beemer to lunch at — hhhmm the avenues or 360? first world decisions

      • Patrick says:

        Patronizing them isn’t very beneficial is it? It’s not going to change the way they act. Who are we to judge what other people enjoy, as long as they’re not harming anyone, who cares? Now if he wants to try and “enlighten” their lives and show them that a different world exists out there, he should be talking about that.

        • Abdullah says:

          sometimes shaming is more effective than enlightening. the narcissistic, spoiled, unworldly (take a survey of the avenue mall crawlers to see how many can locate greenland on a map)’typical rich kid’ needs not only patronizing but a bit of condescending too

        • Areej ASB says:

          Shaming works better when it comes to Kuwaitis. They don’t get it otherwise.

        • carznstuff says:

          are you saying that Kuwaiti’s lifestyles come at no expense or hurt to others?

          low income expats, unpaid wages, wastha, racist policies, human rights abuses … there is a body count associated with EACH and every building we sip our lattes in.

          sounds incredible but it’s true. ALL our lifestyles, mine included, come at the expense of the ppl who make it possible here. There is absolutely no equalising it.

      • carznstuff says:

        i feel like in real life, we could be friends!

    • D. says:

      I’m just hoping he’ll spit out the thesaurus. When your speech sounds forced, you’re doing something wrong.

  5. carznstuff says:

    i find it ironic that ppl on this blog are talking about modesty. I completely agree with Nasser – this lifestyle out here is a blinder rather than fulfilling in any way

    • Patrick says:

      What you (or Nasser) might find fulfilling others might not. I think that’s the issue some people have with what he said.

      • Eli says:

        You have a good point, but I can’t deny that too many people here live in their shell of comfort, and they won’t know otherwise until they’re pushed outside their comfort zone.

        Don’ you agree?

  6. mo says:

    i agree with what Nasser said …..some people are upset because simply “Truth Hurts”

  7. dye says:

    So you’ve been to Greenland, Fiji, New Zealand, Canada and a bunch of other places, conducting research. Are all these travel expenses subsidized by the government or any research institute?
    You’ve only spent a week in the Arctic, I hardly call that “living in the Arctic”. I went to the Arctic last September (Iceland and Greenland), it was a fun vacation, nothing special. The only reason why I felt compelled to post this comment was the condescension in statements like “..you soon realize how wrong you’ve been living” and how we suffer from “malady of the contemporary indulgent persona”.
    Not everyone is lucky enough to have these opportunities, be it financial difficulties or other social obstacles. Stop telling people how to live their lives. Good luck with your research.

    • Abdullah says:

      nasser is no more idealistic and wanting to change the world than most privileged western kids at elite universities. good for him that he’s kuwaiti, not prowling the gulf road, but exploring, living in foreign lands and wanting to change the world…..

  8. Bunasra says:

    I grew up watching him and his other two brothers wrestle and beat each other up, all three WWF (preWWE) fans, plus did a foundation year with his eldest when we were back in Australia.

    I truly agree what he has to say. If you ask the majority here where is your accomplishment today, it will be i’ve tried out this restaraunt or I’ve visited this mall. All the arabs here care about material, making money, buying stuff, indulging, food, cars, women, drinks, drugs, once’s they are done, they will go ahead and do them more, more and more untill they get burned out, just to realize they are in a midlife crisis and end up divorcing, quitting jobs, immigration… List goes on and on.

    An accomplishment in my society (Kuwaiti) is someone to open up a restaurant, a business, to make money some how, even if you have to buy a degree to get that promotion hike in the government sector is considered a success. They are careless towards the problems in the country, they know it exists, yet the believe that nothing cannot be done, because they wont do it alone.

    People like Nasser have broken these barriers and attempted the unusual, and helped people, volunteering and helping me science and humanity overall, not just kuwait. Get the idea? The Question is can you do something like that? No, and even if you can, you won’t, because of your plagued mindset.

    Just my 2 cents.

    I invite all the grammar police officers to jump and try to correct me, to show other people “Hey! I’ve had XXX years english education and I would like to show everyone how intelligent and smart I really am but being disciplined when it comes to language and its use, yet my mom doesnt speak the language nor my dad, CHECK ME OUT”, in your face jackasses

  9. Abdullah says:

    and why the back lash against nasser? seriously is it jealousy? would you rather him on you tube spraying foam on national day? i would be proud if he would be my son

  10. Matt says:

    Wow. If people react to a rather benign observation in this way, how will they react to some real criticism?

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  12. arabianfox says:

    Movie idea: Secret Life of Nasser Al-Fozaie!

    Explorers are so inspirational imo!

  13. Qabazard says:

    He’s a douche.

  14. M MW DIAB says:

    Nasser is actually a friend of mine, we studied in the USA together at the University of Arkansas & chilled most of the time.

    Very proud of Nasser, & I wish you all the best brother!

    Cheers!


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