The Human Capital Forum

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Nuqat have decided not to hold their annual creative conference this year, instead, they’re holding another event titled “The Human Capital Forum”.

This forum will comprise of talks and panels from speakers in different fields, with a common vision to highlight the importance of investing in creativity for social impact.

The event is being held at JACC and I saw renderings of the setup and I think their outdoor area is gonna look super cool surrounded by the JACC main buildings. The event is free to attend but you need to register. There are over 25 speakers so you’re bound to find a person or subject you’d be interested in hearing.

For more information on the event, click [Here]


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Pet Friendly Places in Kuwait

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A friend of mine recently moved back to Kuwait and brought his dog with him. He asked me the other day if I knew of any pet-friendly places and I had no idea. My dog is currently living with my ex-wife in Canada now and so I’ve been completely out of the loop with where to take a dog out. I used to take him to Al Shaheed Park back when it was just a regular large park (not what it is today), but with the new Al Shaheed Park pets aren’t allowed. The Scientific Center walkway is generally pet-friendly just because its a common sight seeing people walking their dogs there but other than that, I have no idea where someone can take their pets.

My friend heard Richards Coffee and Wild Cafe were both pet-friendly, but if you know of anywhere else let me know.


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Stan Lee is Coming to Kuwait

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Stan Lee, the comic-book writer who co-created the popular characters Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, the X-Men and more is coming to Kuwait next month. Comic-Con Kuwait announced on their twitter account that he will be coming to their event that’s going to be held from February 22 to 24 at the Fairgrounds.

Stan Lee might be the biggest guest star yet to come to a comic-book convention in Kuwait and they still haven’t even announced all the guests. For more information on this event and to buy tickets, click [Here]

Thanks Hanna-Bell


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The Ferrari 488 GTB

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I haven’t reviewed a car for some time now mostly because there really hasn’t been a car I’ve been interested in, but also because I love my Lotus so much I’d rather be in it than any other car. But, since my Lotus isn’t with me at the moment (more on that soon), I decided to take advantage of the situation by test driving the Ferrari 488 GTB.

Driving off in a car for the first time that costs as much as a home is a pretty nerve-wracking experience. The fact the car is also super low, and the roads around the dealership in pretty bad shape didn’t help the situation either. But the Ferrari 488 I was driving had the option to raise the suspension to give it a bit more ground clearance, so I managed to make my way out onto the main road without too much drama. It was pretty early in the morning so the first thing I did was head to Arabica in the city for some coffee. I took the long way by going through a bit of traffic on the 4th all the way to the 30th, and then from the 30th exiting onto the Gulf Road. I spent most of my day taking the longest way everywhere I went. Instead of grabbing my usual acai bowl for example from Liquid near Arabica in the city, for example, I decided to drive all the way to Bida’a and pick one up from Be Cafe. After spending the day zigzagging across Kuwait, I headed out to the desert to get some shots before the sunset.

After driving the Ferrari 488 GTB for a day I’ve come to the conclusion that the car has just two speeds, fast, and I’m going to get deported fast. I’m being serious here. The Ferrari 488 hits 0 to 100km/h in just 3 seconds. That’s just 0.8 seconds faster than my Lotus but damn what a difference that 0.8 makes. But that’s not even the impressive part, if you keep your foot down on the gas for just one more tiny second, you’re suddenly in the getting your license revoked territory. The car is insanely powerful, so much so that there just isn’t enough road for it. Usually, when I take out a sports car to review, I tend to drive it like I stole it. The 488 is probably the first car that I drove decently just because stepping on it would get me in a lot of trouble. Ferrari 488 owners are really going to love our racetrack once it opens up, its the only way to really enjoy and take advantage of all the power the car has to offer.

Other than the speed, a few other things impressed me quite a bit. The brakes on the car impressed me more than the speed of the car, the pedal feel is just so on point and the car stops in an instant. The interior of the car is also a wonderful place to be in. The interior is covered in leather with beautiful stitchwork and lots of carbon fiber trimming. I never felt uncomfortable, and even on my long trip with my friend into the desert, we spoke about how great the car would be on super long trips. Even though the 488 is a sports car first, you’re not sacrificing with comfort or amenities. The sound system was impressively good and the car I drove even came with front and rear parking cameras. It’s a luxury car that just happens to also be crazy ass fast.

So are there any downsides? Well yeah, the car costs as much as a house. The 488 GTB starts at KD78,000 which means I’m not really going to end up owning one anytime soon. But on the bright side, the Ferrari 488 GTB does come with a 5-year warranty (that can be extended up to 15) and 7-years free maintenance. So really the only costs you’ll have to factor in down the line are tires and brake pads. Not bad.

If you’d like to find out more about Ferraris in Kuwait then you should follow the dealer on instagram @ferrarialzayanikuwait. You can also go ahead and build your own 488 by visiting the Ferrari online car configurator [Here]


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Don’t Speed in the Emergency Lane

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I went to get some car paperwork done last night but turned out I had a fine I needed to pay. When I tried paying it I got a message saying I couldn’t and needed to get the fine unblocked first. I got caught speeding, going 88KM/h in a 45KM/h zone. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out which road that could have been on but figured I’d just go to the traffic department morning and pay it and get it done with.

I headed to Jabriya traffic department first where they told me I needed to head to the Shuwaikh one instead. When I got to Shuwaikh I headed to the department that unblocks the fines and the cop there was like go get me your car registration since we have to impound your car for two weeks. I was like whaaaat why? Turns out I got caught speeding in the emergency lane. Even though you’re allowed to drive on the emergency lane during rush hour, you’re not meant to exceed 45KM/h. Because the speed cameras give you leeway of up to 20KM/h, I completely forgot the speed limit was 45 and assumed it was 65. So I was driving around 85 thinking I was still within the limit but I obviously wasn’t.

So if you use the emergency lane make sure you don’t speed!


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Jeans Grill Salmiya has Closed Down

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Jeans Grill was a pretty popular restaurant back in the 90s, and the one on the top floor of Sultan Center Salmiya was probably the most popular location since it was open 24/7. Back in the 90s, there were barely any restaurants that opened 24/7, so if you wanted to hang out somewhere late at night, you’d always end up at Jeans Grill. I even went there after my prom with a bunch of friends, so I’m sure other people have memories of the place as well.

I don’t recall the last time I ate at Jeans Grill, but I used to walk by it often while shopping and always admired the fact that it still looked exactly the same. But it clearly wasn’t doing as well as it used to, and recently the Sultan Center Salmiya location was closed down. I originally thought they were revamping it but instead, they opened a coffee shop in its place. Now I kinda regret not having one last dinner there.


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VOX Cinemas Coming Soon to Kuwait

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VOX Cinemas, one of the leading cinema chains in the Middle East is opening in Kuwait this coming March. VOX will be opening at Avenues Phase 4 and house 17 screens with a seating capacity of around 1,679 seats.

Kuwait already has three cinema chains operating locally, Cinescape, Grand Cinemas and Sky Cinemas, so VOX will be the fourth. And yes, movies will also be censored at VOX. For more information, click [Here]

Thanks lovelykuwait


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Sponsored: Kuwait Reggio Center

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There seems to be a nursery on every corner in Kuwait, and yet none of them had everything I wanted for my child. As a teacher, I’d researched some of the top nursery programs in the world and fallen in love with the Reggio-Emilia approach. The primary schools in this small, Italian town cater to the unique needs of the community and students. Children construct their own understanding of the world around them through literal construction with blocks, clay, sand and water. They represent their ideas with painting, photography, film, dance, music and theatre. And most importantly, they play! They play outdoors in the grass and dirt; they climb and swing; they play pretend and they play out real life scenarios. This rich and stimulating environment is what I wanted for my child, and when I couldn’t find it, I created it.

The Kuwait Reggio Center brings all of the above from Reggio-Emilia, Italy to Mansouriya, Kuwait. KRC is an inquiry-based, child-centered nursery where curiosity is the curriculum. Children explore the classroom to find what interests them. Maybe they will learn to compare sizes and shapes in the block area, or choose to learn colors and fine motor skills in the art space. They can build literacy skills cuddled up with a book in the reading loft, or expand their vocabulary through dramatic play. Outside the classroom, the central piazza allows them to perfect their gross motor skills in the soft play obstacle course or move to a rhythm created in the music corner. They also have the chance to play with light, sound and touch in the sensory room, or calm their senses and focus on their breath in yoga class.

It’s not all pretend-play, the children have real work to do! They cook up snacks in our custom built kitchen using food from the school garden. They create works of art using diverse media from modeling clay to woodwork. They reduce, reuse and recycle in our recycling center. Their artwork, dialogue and photos decorate the walls so that the children know their work is meaningful.

Learning takes place outside the walls of KRC too. There is a playground where they can swing and slide, a sand and water section where they are allowed to get messy, a large track where they can pedal, scoot, and drive, and an open field where they can run through the grass or rest under the shady tree.

They can do all of this safely because the children are supported by well-educated, caring, vigilant, and certified teachers who extend and foster the students’ creativity. Parents are also invited to participate in their children’s education because parents are a child’s first and most important teachers.

I am a parent first, and Kuwait Reggio Center is the nursery I built for my children. If you think it might be the right school for your child, find out more at our website www.kuwaitreggiocenter.com or request a tour by contacting admissions@kuwaitreggiocenter.com or 98747518.


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Things to do in Kuwait this Weekend

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The past couple of weekends have been pretty slow but not this one. It’s a super busy weekend so check out the full list of events below:

Thursday
PostCraft Exhibition Tour 2018
Middle Eastern Cooking Course
Singing in the Rain
Vigonovo Pop-up
Show: Catapult
Divan Movie Night: Al Imam
Cinemagics Rooftop Movie: The Man Who Wasn’t There
The Matrix Trilogy – Movie Discussion

Friday
Singing in the Rain
Vigonovo Pop-up
Show: Catapult
Three Farms & Barista
Good Game: Magic – The Gathering
Show Jumping Competition

Saturday
C A F É R E A Coffee Festival
Vigonovo Pop-up
Show: Catapult
Yoga with the 3
Guided Tour: The Grand Mosque
Blend of Balance: Here’s to a Healthier, Stronger 2018
Open Auditions: Cinderella
Jam Jam
Cinemagics Rooftop Movie: Born to Be Blue
Show Jumping Competition

If you’d like to share an event on the blog [Email Me]
For a full list of upcoming events click [Here]

Sometimes events get canceled or have details changed so always double check with the organizers.


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Movies Showing in Kuwait this Weekend

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Screenshot from The Commuter

The movies below are now showing at either Cinescape, Grand Cinemas or Sky Cinemas:

New This Week:
Darkest Hour (7.3)
Detroit (7.4)
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (6.8) ♦
Goodbye Christopher Robin (7.2)
Howard Lovecraft & the Undersea Kingdom (5.6)
The Commuter (6.8)

Other Movies Showing:
Bleeding Steel (6.3)
Coco (9.1)
Ferdinand (6.8)
Hostiles (7.2)
Insidious: The Last Key (7.2)
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (6.9)
Molly’s Game (7.6)
Tad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas (6.3)
The Disaster Artist (8.0) ♦
The Greatest Showman (7.9)
The Humanity Bureau (3.7)
Wonder (7.2)

The movies below are also now showing at the Scientific Center IMAX theater:

A Beautiful Planet 3D (7.9)
America Wild: National Parks Adventure (N/A)
Dream Big 3D (7.9)
Extreme Weather 3D (6.6)
Tiny Giants 3D (8.0)
Watermelon Magic 3D (7.4)

Numbers in brackets refer to the IMDB rating at time of publishing.
★ is for movies I’m interested in. ♦ implies movie might contain censorship.


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