Things to do in Kuwait this Weekend

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The first Qout Market of the season is this weekend and they’ve moved to a new and greener location this time around. The AWAKEN stories festival is also taking place this weekend and will include Saif Abu Bakr from The Scorpions & Saif Abu Bakr band amongst others. Check out the full list of this weekends events below:

Thursday
“East Ahmadi Market” An exhibition by Huda Abdulmughni
Fareed Abdal – A Solo Exhibition
Exhibition: Cemetery of Banned Books
An Installation by Nawar N. Al-Kazemi
Alan Villiers & the Sons of Sindbad: An Australian in 1930s Kuwait
Festival of Art & Dance Gala

Friday
“East Ahmadi Market” An exhibition by Huda Abdulmughni
AMG Family Seasonal Concert
AWAKEN Festival

Saturday
Exhibition: Cemetery of Banned Books
“East Ahmadi Market” An exhibition by Huda Abdulmughni
Come Play with Us!
Kuwait Motocross Championship – Round 2
NBK Walkathon 2019
Qout Market
Winter Festival
Christmas Bazaar 2019
Acrylic Flip Cup Pouring – Art Workshop
Marketspace
Movies at the Park: Jumanji

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.

Update: Qout Market has been postponed.

2019-12-05T14:31:41+03:00Dec 5, 2019|1 Comment

Movies Showing in Kuwait this Weekend

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Screenshot from A Score to Settle

The movies below are now showing at Cinescape, Grand Cinemas and VOX:

New This Weekend:
A Score to Settle (4.5)
Arctic Dogs (3.9)
Code 8 (7.6)
Daniel Isn’t Real (6.1)
Dark Waters (7.3)
High Strung: Free Dance (5.9)

Other Movies Showing Now:
21 Bridges (5.7)
Charlie’s Angels (3.7)
Doctor Sleep (7.5)
Ford v Ferrari (Le Mans 66) (8.3)
Frozen II (7.1)
Joker (9.4)
Knives Out (7.9)
Last Christmas (6.6)
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (7.0)
Mercy Black (4.9)
Midway (4.9)
One Piece: Stampede (8.3)
Playing with Fire (5.1)
Terminator: Dark Fate (6.5)
The Addams Family (5.8)

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

IMAX Movies Showing Now:
Amazon Adventure 3D (6.6)
Backyard Wilderness 3D (8.4)
Turtle Odyssey (7.7)
Volcanoes 3D (6.6)

Numbers in brackets refer to the IMDB rating at time of publishing.

2019-12-05T07:57:58+03:00Dec 5, 2019|0 Comments

Kuwait City World’s Worst City for Expats

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It’s that time of year again when the Expat Insider list of worst places to live comes out and Kuwait gets named the worst place in the universe for expats. No surprise really, but it’s also not that bad when you compare us to other places you’d think would be much better off. Here are some of the worst cities for expats to live and work:

82 – Kuwait City
81 – Rome
80 – Milan
78 – Paris
77 – San Francisco
76 – Los Angeles
74 – New York

Ummm yeah, so Kuwait is basically like Paris, NY and LA so really, it can’t be that bad right?

For the full data and reasoning behind our poor ranking, click here. You can also check out the Arabian Business article on this here.

Thanks Musty

2019-12-04T13:56:32+03:00Dec 4, 2019|33 Comments

Rafael Nadal Tennis Match in Kuwait

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Rafael Nadal, the current world no. 1 in men’s singles tennis will be playing a match this coming February here in Kuwait at the soon to open International Tennis Complex next to 360 Mall. They haven’t announced who he would be playing against except for the fact it will be another tennis champion. Tickets for the match were being sold this past weekend for KD75 at the Rafa Nadal Academy exhibit inside 360 Mall, but the first batch of tickets have already been sold out. I’ve been told that they might release a second batch of tickets at a later date.

Nadal has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles, the second-most in history for a male player, as well as a record 35 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 20 ATP Tour 500 titles and the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles. The Rafa Nadal Academy that will be opening in Kuwait will be the second one to open in the world.

The tennis complex that is currently nearing the end of construction will have a combined stadium seating for over 6,500 people across two main arenas, each with the capacity to hold 5,000 and 1,500 people respectively. There will also be eight indoor courts with over 500 seats, and eight outdoor courts with 1,500 seats. The tennis complex is expected to open early next year.

To learn more about the Rafa Nadal Academy in Kuwait you can visit their large exhibit (with a tennis court) inside 360 Mall. The exhibit is there till December 7th and you can even play a fun tennis match with one of their coaches inside their exhibit. The timings for the exhibit are:

Wednesday: 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Thursday to Saturday: 12:00pm – 10:00pm

For more information, you can visit rafanadalacademykuwait.com or @rafanadalacademykuwait_

2019-12-04T08:43:48+03:00Dec 4, 2019|3 Comments

Must Have Old Books on Kuwait

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I don’t tend to collect as many things as I used to, but recently I got obsessed with trying to obtain some very old and difficult to find English books on Kuwait. The three most recent books I managed to get have now become my most treasured ones, The Arab of the Desert (1949), Kuwait and Her Neighbours (1956), and The Wild Flowers of Kuwait and Bahrain (1955).

I had lusted after these books for some time now but because they were expensive, I never pulled the trigger on them. But, a few weeks back while at the home of the Australian ambassador, I spotted the books on his shelves. It was such an odd experience seeing them live, they were books I had obsessed about virtually but then seeing them in person felt so weird. I couldn’t believe he even had The Wild Flowers of Kuwait and Bahrain, a book written by Violet Dickson, the wife of H. R. P. Dickson and published in 1955. Not only a very difficult book to get because of its scarcity, but also one that wasn’t that popular due to its subject matter.

I quickly flipped through the books and posted some pictures on my Instagram story. As I was flipping through the books and taking photos I quickly realized how badly I needed to have these books. All this time I had been reading on the books and looking at photos of their covers, but I had never seen the books from the inside. Both “The Arab of the Desert” and “Kuwait and Her Neighbours” are filled with illustrations, fold-out maps and family trees, loose documents, black and white photos and tons and tons of interesting information. They are very thick books filled with a lot of content and after spending just a few minutes with them, there was no way I wasn’t getting them.

The first thing I did was delete the photos of the books I had just posted on my Instagram story. I realized if I wanted to get my hands on these books then I should get them first, and then post about them. I then spent the next two weeks going through every website I could find looking for the right copies of these books. I wanted first editions, I wanted the books with their dust jackets, I wanted them in good condition and most importantly, I wanted to pay a reasonable price. After a few emails to various sellers asking for more photos of the books, and after a few more emails negotiating the prices, I managed to get my hands on all three books. I managed to get first editions of Kuwait and Her Neighbours and The Wild Flowers of Kuwait and Bahrain (I think there is only one edition of this anyway), but I ended up getting a second edition print of The Arab of the Desert. I settled for a second edition print because of the price and the fact the copy I got was signed by his wife Violet Dickson.

I’m now trying to figure out how I can share the books online, not fully, but just a way for people to get a feel of these books. The best idea I have so far is to mount a camera on a tripod and then flip through the books while I record a video. If anyone has a better idea let me know. For now, I’ve temporarily created a highlight on my instagram account with pictures of the books and some pages inside. You can check those out on my account @mark248am

2019-12-03T10:34:30+03:00Dec 3, 2019|11 Comments

Pablo Escobar’s Son is in Kuwait

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If you’re a fan of the Netflix series NARCOS then you might be interested to know that Pablo Escobar’s son (real-life son Juan) is in Kuwait at the moment. I think he’s here because of a local YouTube show called Power Owners since they’re airing an interview with him on December 10.

Going through Juan’s Instagram account it seems like he’s doing all the touristy things of Kuwait like visiting the Kuwait Towers and JACC, as well as visiting places like The Avenues. If you want to see what he’s up to then check out his Instagram @juanpabloescobarhenao

Thanks @inspirededibles!

2019-12-03T08:01:13+03:00Dec 3, 2019|16 Comments

How to File a Complaint Against a Telecom or Internet Provider in Kuwait

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Yesterday on Reddit someone published a step by step guide on how to file a complaint against a telecom or ISP in Kuwait and I thought it was important to share here as well. The Redditor probably posted the guide after seeing another post where an Ooredoo customer had the pop up below come up randomly on his phone.

Below are the instructions on how to file a complaint copied and pasted from Reddit but you can still check out the original post and comments here.

First of all, I’m sure many of you have noticed the frequency of spam that you are receiving on your phones. Or the mysterious charges that are being tacked on to your bills.

So in order for all of this to stop is to start reporting such things to CITRA. What is CITRA? It’s the Communication & Information Technology Regulatory Authority in Kuwait. They have been established as the overall authority over all telecoms & info tech in the country. So nothing happens without their say so.

CITRA is staffed by a lot of qualified and knowledgeable people, I have worked side-by-side with them in the past. Even participated in some of the national infrastructure (overhaul) programs that they are introducing.

OK enough of an intro, what you need to do is to report those spam text messages and the illegal usage of the EAS system for advertising. The people receiving those complaints at CITRA do actually investigate each and every one. So go ahead and visit the Complaints Page, then sign up if you haven’t done so already.

Try to provide as much information as possible when filing your complaint, include screenshots/photos where possible.

Give it a few weeks for your complaint to be reviewed then actioned on.

Most of all, don’t worry about any backlash. Nobody is going to come after you and nobody is going to deport you. Telecoms laws were put in place to protect the consumers, so use them to your advantage.

People really need to act and stop these unfair practices by the telecoms in the country.

Thanks u/thisdodobird!

2019-12-02T09:02:43+03:00Dec 2, 2019|13 Comments

New Restaurant: Low Slow

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A couple of new places opened up last week and one of them is a meat eatery called Low Slow which I got to try out last week. I actually went to a tasting for it a couple of years back but the project got delayed and finally opened up last week. It’s a small place located in Lilly Center in Shuwaikh and as you can guess, it revolves around slow cooked meat.

Low Slow is simple but cool looking on the inside. The place has around 40 seats and so is cozy in size with a small kitchen in the back dominated by a large grill. Nearly everything on the menu is grilled which I love from the tapas to the mains. The menu didn’t have any prices on it when I was there since it was a private invitation, [check it out here] but I got to try something from every section. My favorite item was easily the burrata fig salad which was the best burrata dish I’ve ever had anywhere, while my least favorite item had to be the brownie dessert.

If you’re looking for a new place to try out or if you’ve been looking for a place with good brisket or bone in ribs, then you should give Low Slow a shot. They’re currently in their soft launch phase and open daily from 6PM to 11PM. You can find them on instagram @atlowslow

2019-12-01T09:07:49+03:00Dec 1, 2019|3 Comments