Bayt Lothan is Getting Demolished

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Two years ago, the non-profit organization Bayt Lothan sadly closed down. The community center had become an important part of the local culture scene, hosting a variety of workshops and events, but the owners of the building decided they wanted to move on to other things.

Now the historic building that used to house Shaikh Sabah Al Salim, the former Amir of Kuwait, is getting demolished.

The odd thing is, when I passed by this morning, there were no trucks or workers. It kinda looked like a bulldozer had driven in through the main structure, turned around and then driven back out. The building was also not surrounded by any sort of fence so anyone can right now just walk in and walk around, even though the building is partially demolished and could collapse at any second. Pretty dodgy, kinda like they decided to this now quickly due to the amount of publicity the building was starting to get again on word that it was finally getting demolished.

So sad. For pictures of the location before it closed down, click [Here]

Update: I was just informed that it won’t be turned into a food complex. They might build a boutique hotel or something along those lines, they’re still undecided, but it definitely won’t be a food complex. Also a fence will be put up shortly.

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Trailer: Birds Endless Migration

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“Birds Endless Migration” is a documentary series that will show the birds’ migration journey through Kuwait. The series will be aired this year and was filmed by Kuwait Environmental Lens, a project to document, monitor and protect the wildlife environment in Kuwait. Can’t wait to watch this, the footage in the trailer looks great. [Vimeo]

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Shaab Park Before Shaab Park

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A couple of weeks back I posted about how Shaab Park was shutting down for good and that I had memories and photos of the park from back in the 80s. Well I ended up finding one picture, I’m guessing taken around 1985 since I look like I’m 7 or so I guess? (I’m in white). The park back then was literally just a park, it wasn’t fenced up or anything, it was just a large green area with a handful of rides and play areas.

The building in the background was the Abdullah Al-Salem School which was demolished back in 2014 to make way for they new Abdullah Al-Salem Cultural Centre that’s opening up next month.

For a higher resolution of the photo, click [Here]

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Things to do in Kuwait this New Year Weekend

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Below are some of the events taking place this weekend. Have a happy new year everyone:

FireFlies – Shadow Theater
Cinemagics Rooftop Movie: The Assassin

FireFlies – Shadow Theater

Fattet Baba Brunch
Yoga with the 3
FireFlies – Shadow Theater

Rhapsody; Ring in 2018!
Celebrate the New Year at Mayar!

Picnic in the Garden

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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 Long Weekend

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

New This Week:
Bleeding Steel (6.3)
Hostiles (7.2)
Jackals (4.7)
Pitch Perfect 3 (6.2) ♦
The Greatest Showman (7.9)

Other Movies Showing:
Coco (9.1)
Crooked House (6.4) ♦
Ferdinand (6.8)
Ghost House (4.7)
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (6.9)
Justice League (8.1)
Paddington 2 (8.3)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (8.3)
The Mountain Between Us (6.3)
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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Water Guns Banned this National Day!

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The administrative court recently issued a verdict by powers of which the cabinet is to issue a decision banning the usage of water guns in National and Liberation Days’ celebrations. The verdict was made in response to a case filed by lawyer Mona Al-Arbash demanding the ban for public interest, on grounds that thousands of water gallons are wasted every year during national celebrations, costing the country – which is already poor on natural water resources – a lot of money. Use of water guns and water cannons during national celebrations have become very popular in recent years after the government banned the use of spray foam for environmental reasons. [Source]

I’ve really hated what the celebrations have turned into over the past years, and I’m sure a lot of other people as well. So glad we’re finally done with this.

Image via Getty

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Sponsored: A place to chill and have good food? Chocolate Cuisine E-Mall is what you’re looking for!

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In this great weather and cool breezes making everyone in Kuwait wait for the weekend to go out and chill, Chocolate Cuisine is one brilliant option to visit!

Whether you are looking to have some hot drink or beat the cold wind with a warm and tasty chocolate sweet, you can directly head to Chocolate Cuisine in our E-Mall branch. Now that the outdoor seating area is renewed, this location is perfect to enjoy a good outing with your family! Not only that, you’ll feel how fresh the servings are from the moment you enter; you’ll be able to smell the chocolate, the freshness of the coffee and the great feel of having your burger or pasta coming in… something to look for right?

We are delighted to serve you and will be waiting for you to come over with you loved ones. The appreciation we have for the gatherings, the laughs and good food is what makes us happy to have you over!

This weekend? To Chocolate Cuisine

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GulfCup Opening Fireworks

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If like me you missed the opening of the 23rd GulfCup, here’s a pretty cool video of the fireworks that took place. [Vimeo]

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Must Watch TV: Shot in the Dark

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If you were a fan of the movie Nightcrawler, then you’ll most likely love this Netflix series. Shot in the Dark is a documentary television series that follows three stringing companies in LA competing to get the best news footage to sell to news stations.

Shot in the Dark takes you along on the ride, showing you what it takes to get to the scene first, and what they need to do to differentiate their shots from the competition. I love documentaries and I think in another life, I could easily imagine myself being a stringer so I really connected with the show. It’s pretty intense, the competition is tough and I loved watching every minute of it. If you’ve got Netflix, check it out.

On the other hand, I just finished watching Jean-Claude Van Johnson. It’s a show starring Jean-Claude Van Damme in which he basically spoofs himself. In the series, he plays himself, but although everyone knows him as an actor and martial artist, in reality, that was just a cover for his real job which is a private contractor. The show starts off funny but kinda fades towards the end of the series. Still worth checking out though. Jean-Claude Van Johnson is available on Amazon Video and you can watch the trailer above.

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Kuwait Metro Enters Service in 2025

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The first phase of the metro will be completed in the year 2025 and is for one line that starts from Salmiya and heads towards the airport. It will be 50km long and have a total of 27 stations, 9 of which will be in the city center. The full metro project which comprises of five phases is expected to be completed by 2040.

2025 is not THAT far away, just 7 more years to go… [Article]

Below is the latest map I have of the metro, no idea if it’s still valid or not, but it should give you an idea of what it might look like.

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