Things to do in Kuwait this Weekend

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Lots to do and see this weekend and as usual, if I missed anything, let me know in the comments:

Exhibition: Sami Mohammad
Sami Mohammad Artist Talk x Closing Reception
Exhibition: Passion of Calligraphy
Palestinian Cultural Exhibition
Play: The Seagull
Games & Media Entertainment Expo
Neo Geo World Tour 2
GX2019 Cosplay Contest
Breaking Khaleeji Cultural Myths

Exhibition: Passion of Calligraphy
Play: The Seagull
Games & Media Entertainment Expo
Neo Geo World Tour 2
A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY
Breaking Khaleeji Cultural Myths
Open Track Day at Kuwait Motor Town

Exhibition: Passion of Calligraphy
Play: The Seagull
Games & Media Entertainment Expo
Neo Geo World Tour 2
Sadi Studio Opening

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2019-04-18T06:18:33+03:00Apr 18, 2019|2 Comments

Movies Showing in Kuwait this Weekend

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Screenshot from Stockholm

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

New This Weekend:
Kursk (6.5)
Missing Link (7.1)
Mission of Honor (5.9)
Stockholm (7.5)
Teen Spirit (6.2)
The Curse of La Llorona (6.4)
The Hummingbird Project (6.6)
Triple Threat (5.6)

Other Movies Showing Now:
After (6.3)
Captain Marvel (6.0)
Captive State (5.9)
Dragged Across Concrete (7.3)
Dumbo (7.1)
Five Feet Apart (7.2)
Hellboy (6.2)
Little (5.2)
Pet Sematary (6.9)
Shazam! (8.1)
The Aftermath (6.2)
The Hole in the Ground (5.8)
The Professor and the Madman (7.9)
The Wind (5.8)
Us (7.3)
Wonder Park (7.1)

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

Amazon Adventure 3D (6.6)
Fly Me to the Moon (4.5)
Galapagos 3D (8.6)
Oceans: Our Blue Planet (7.4)
Penguins (6.7)

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

2019-04-18T05:41:47+03:00Apr 18, 2019|3 Comments

Are we on the verge of hosting the World Cup?

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If you haven’t been following the news recently, I’ll quickly summarize what’s been going on in regards to the World Cup. Qatar is meant to host the World Cup in 2022 and FIFA is considering expanding the tournament from 32 teams to 48. For that to happen, FIFA calculated it could be done if at least one additional Gulf country was used to co-host the World Cup with Qatar. Since Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have severed ties with Qatar, the only two countries left are Oman and Kuwait. Oman already said they aren’t capable of hosting the World Cup so FIFA is urging Kuwait to become a co-host.

Countries spend millions on campaigns to try and win the right to host the World Cup, it’s HUGE. And yet because of a bunch of unusual circumstances, Kuwait is now in the position where they are basically being begged by FIFA to accept the role of co-hosting. That’s just crazy.

I don’t know why people aren’t more excited about this, Kuwait could potentially be hosting the World Cup here in 3 years! And the best part is, the whole thing just fell into our laps without us even getting off the couch!

I was asking a few friends why Kuwait is playing so hard to get, I mean you’d think we’d be all over this massive opportunity. One theory is we don’t want to embarrass ourselves because we aren’t capable to host the event. I don’t think that’s really an issue because I’m sure we can throw money at this problem by hiring the right people to help us out and by fixing whatever needs to be fixed so we look good on TV. Another theory to why we’re hesitant is that there would have to be some major changes that would have to happen very quickly with the two biggest changes being to the visa system and the legalization of alcohol. This I can understand but it’s also one of the reasons I want the World Cup to happen, I want to see how much positive change it will bring to Kuwait.

Whatever happens, we host or not, I feel we really need to appreciate this position we’re in right now where we actually have a pretty large chance of getting the World Cup. This is a moment that will most likely never come again.

2019-04-16T18:35:44+03:00Apr 16, 2019|93 Comments

Volunteer Rescue Teams

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A couple of weeks back a friend of mine had a dead car battery so I went to help her out. When I got to her car I spotted what I thought was an undercover cop talking to her. The guy had an old Mercedes with flashing lights, and he was wearing a yellow reflective vest. After talking to him I found out he was part of a volunteer rescue team called Dar Subhan who are always on the lookout for people needing help.

I was meaning to post about them but completely forgot until yesterday while riding my bicycle on the Gulf Road I spotted a rescue team helping a car out. There was a Nissan Patrol that had gotten stuck on the beach trying to pull in his boat and the rescue team were helping him. I thought it was the same rescue team that I had run into a couple weeks ago but this one was called Kuwait Support and Rescue Team (KSRT).

KSRT have been active for around a year now while Dar Subhan have only been around since March. I’m not sure how many other volunteer teams there are but if you ever have any car trouble or are stuck out in the desert, it could be worth giving these guys a call instead of the emergency services. Here are their contacts including links to their instagram account:

Dar Subhan Rescue Team
97732441 / 91111584

Kuwait Support and Rescue Team
97865006 / 94147001 / 67651169

Update: Here is another

Kuwait Rescue Team
66665488 / 98809058

2019-04-17T09:45:11+03:00Apr 16, 2019|10 Comments

Kuwaiti Race Car Driver Wins at Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup

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Kuwaiti racecar driver Zaid Ashkanani was on the winning team at the season opener for the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup a few days ago. This was not only Zaid’s first debut with the Dinamic Motorsport team, but the team themselves were also making their first debut at the Blancpain GT.

Dinamic drivers Klaus Bachler, Zaid Ashkanani and Andrea Rizzoli (all pictured below) started 23rd on the grid but managed to end up winning by a 14-second margin in a second-generation Porsche 911 GT3-R. They gave the Porsche brand their first Endurance Cup victory since 2012.

This was the first race of the season so there is still a long way to go but nevertheless, it was an incredible debut. You can stay up to date on Zaid’s activities by following him on Instagram @zaidashkanani

2019-04-16T09:29:45+03:00Apr 16, 2019|2 Comments

Dinner in the Sky Shutdown

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The pop-up restaurant which uses a crane to raise diners up into the air got shut down by the municipality. According to Arab Times, the pop-up was shut down for violation of safety conditions and because they had not obtained the necessary license from the authorities.

I just checked the Dinner in the Sky instagram account and they don’t mention anything about being shut down. In fact, as of last night, they were still open and serving dinner according to their story.

2019-04-15T08:37:39+03:00Apr 15, 2019|2 Comments

We’re getting a barcade!

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A barcade called Joystixx is currently under construction in the basement of Symphony Mall in Salmiya. A barcade is basically and arcade with a bar. I’ve been to a few outside Kuwait, and the ones that I’ve been to usually have old classic arcade games and are really fun places because you can just get drunk and play fun old video games with friends.

The one opening in Kuwait obviously won’t have alcohol, but from what I understood it’s going to be a similar concept, except more of a cafe instead of a bar, so I guess a cafecade? Not sure that’s a real word. They’re hoping to open it sometime during Ramadan. Fun.

2019-04-14T16:10:40+03:00Apr 14, 2019|13 Comments