Movies Showing in Kuwait this Weekend

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Screenshot from Shazam!

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

New This Weekend:
Pet Sematary (6.9)
Shazam! (8.1)

Other Movies Showing Now:
Alita: Battle Angel (7.6)
Captain Marvel (6.0)
Dumbo (7.1)
Escape Room (6.4)
Five Feet Apart (7.2)
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (7.9)
The Hole in the Ground (5.8)
The Professor and the Madman (7.9)
The Upside (6.4)
Us (7.3)
We Die Young (5.7)
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.

2019-04-04T08:11:14+03:00Apr 4, 2019|2 Comments

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

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The new 2019 G-Class might look like every G-Class built since the 70s, but the 2019 model is a completely new car with some obvious and not so obvious differences. I borrowed this car from a friend of mine who was traveling and got to spend a few days with it. Just like the previous generation G-Class, the new 2019 model has its quirks, but they’re minor stuff and this is a car I’d really love to own.

The changes on the exterior of the car are not dramatic, they’re minor and most people wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the previous and current generation models. The new model is slightly curvier which some diehards hate, but I think it works. Where the biggest changes are visible though is on the inside.

The new G-Class has one of the nicest interiors of any car and that mostly has to do with the new digital dash and large infotainment screen. Mercedes have found a way to seamlessly integrate both screens into the interior by laying them down side by side on the dashboard under one sheet of glass. This gives the impression that it’s one long screen stretching from the driver’s door all the way to the end of the center console. I really love it and I think it gives the interior a very futuristic look. The infotainment system software is also nicely designed, I’m not sure how Lexus is fine with their 90s looking infotainment system when their biggest competitor has something so good looking in their cars. Other than the car’s default infotainment system you also have the option to use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The only issue I have with the infotainment system is that it doesn’t have a touch screen. I’m used to using CarPlay with a touch screen and being forced to use a dial or touchpad to move around CarPlay felt like a bit of a mess. That’s really my biggest quibble with the car.

The interior was also very comfortable, while with the previous generation I struggled to fight a comfortable seating position this time around it was really easy. The interior also felt more spacious and it was generally a great place to be. The ride is comfortable, the soundproofing is extremely good and the car felt very solid and could take abuse.

I like the combination of an old school exterior with a very modern interior and I wish more cars did this. The G-Class comes loaded with modern features like brake assist, active distance assist, surround view cameras and parking assist just to name a few. Active distance assist is probably my favorite feature, it works great in traffic since it accelerates, slows down and stops the car for you without you having to do anything. So you could be on your phone watching a youtube video and the car will keep you moving in traffic without requiring your attention.

There are currently two versions of the new G-Class available, the G500 which has 422hp and the G63 which has 585hp. You do NOT need the G63, nobody needs it! I found the G500 more than capable power-wise for an SUV that’s shaped like a brick, plus the G63 is a lot more expensive. Earlier I mentioned my biggest issue with the car was the lack of touch screen, well I lied. The biggest issue I have with the G-Class is the price. The new 2019 G-Class starts at KD38,000 while the G63, on the other hand, starts at a whopping KD55,000.

38,000 is about what I feel this car is worth when fully optioned out but, the G500 actually peeks out at around 50,000 when all the options are clicked. If I’m paying 50,000 I want to feel special and I don’t think the G-Class feels that special anymore. They’re too common on the roads and that takes away from the special feel. In reality though, what luxury SUV isn’t a common sight in Kuwait? They’re all plentiful.

Do I want a G-Class? Yes, I do. I love the size, I love the interior and I love that it can take my abuse. But with all the options I’d want to fit into this car, I’m going to be wayyy past the 38,000 starting price.

If you’re interested in checking out the new G-Class, here is the instagram account of the dealer @mercedesbenzkuwait

2019-04-03T18:48:19+03:00Apr 3, 2019|22 Comments

Contemporary Kuwaiti Houses

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Contemporary Kuwaiti Houses is a photo-essay on the domestic architecture of Kuwait that was written by Kuwaiti architect Huda Al-Bahar, and published back in 1985. It’s not too long an essay and worth reading, but, if you don’t feel like reading you could also just check out the photos. Here is the link to the PDF hosted on ArchNet (you need to click on download)

2019-04-03T10:05:30+03:00Apr 3, 2019|0 Comments

Road Repairs Start Today!

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Our roads are finally going to get fixed starting from today. The project of repairing all of Kuwait’s roads (including residential) is expected to take three years but, for the first phase they’re starting off with the main ones.

The first road that will be repaired is the 1st Ring Road, starting from the Gulf Road and extending all the way to the Jahra roundabout. The second to be fixed is Highway 40 starting from the 1st Ring Road down to the Bayan area. Third road to be fixed is the 4th Ring Road from Amman Street all the way to the UN roundabout, then they’re going to fix the 6th Ring Road from near 360 Mall (Zahra) towards the Subiya intersection, and finally the Doha Road starting from near the Entertainment City down to the 6th Ring Road.

Repairs will take place from 6pm to 6am on weekdays, and 12am to 12pm on weekends.

I’m surprised the 5th Ring Road isn’t part of the first phase and I’m disappointed the Gulf Road isn’t also part of the first phase since that’s the road I use 80% of the time. But, I’m just glad they’re finally starting!

Update: 💃 [Link]

2019-04-03T08:58:07+03:00Apr 2, 2019|14 Comments

PROMOTED: Viking Club

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Whether you’re looking for a place work out or relax, the Viking Club; the health club of Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait; is the answer. The Viking Club is one of Kuwait’s most exclusive recreation clubs featuring indoor and outdoor sport and leisure facilities.

Spend your day by the pool. The main “family” pool is ideal for families where both you and your kids can have lots of fun. The pool is adjacent to the kid’s pool with a depth of 0.5m, perfectly safe for children’s entertainment. If you like to include swimming in your workout routine, then you’ll definitely appreciate the 30m lap line of the main pool.

Dip in the Azur Pool and take in the views of the Arabian Gulf. The Azur Pool is exclusively for the use of adults only and offers a heaven of relaxation with a breathtaking view of the serene gulf. Adjacent to the pool is the seafront area with direct sea access.

The gym provides top cardio machines, free weights, and circuit and stretching area for the perfect exercise routine. CrossFit Box located on the seafront area gives you a perfect opportunity to take your intense workout outside. The experienced trainers can prepare personalized training programs cut out to your needs, be it weight loss, cross fit or total body conditioning. Join the classes organized by the club throughout the week, such as aerobics, Zumba, yoga, Pilates, high-impact, cross training, etc. The club offers martial arts classes like Iado, Karate, Kendo, and Aikido, for those looking for different kinds of discipline and self-defense. Ballet and gymnastics classes for the little ones are also available.

Take your workout outside and enjoy a run or stroll by the sea with the running track, along which you can find stationary pull-up bars, two level horizontal bars, plyometric steps, horizontal ladder, and parallel bar. The seafront area features a standard beach volleyball court and half basketball court. To add some fun to your exercise, you can challenge friends to the game of squash, table tennis or beach volleyball.

To help your sore muscles or just to relax, dip in the heated indoor spa pool equipped with hydro jets or just take time to sit back in the sauna or steam room. The club will soon open brand new exercising studios, kids playroom, and outdoor playground.

To inquire about membership rates contact Viking Club directly via:
T: +965 2567 3888

2019-04-01T08:57:31+03:00Apr 1, 2019|17 Comments

Watching Formula 1 in Kuwait (2019)

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Yesterday the second Formula 1 race of the season took place and I’ve been getting questions by people asking me how I’m watching it. The answer is simple, I’m watching the races on F1 TV, the question of how is a bit more complicated.

Early last month BeIN decided not to renew their F1 broadcast rights and instead MBC picked up the rights. You can now watch Formula 1 live for free on MBC Action but there are two main issues, the broadcast is in Arabic and there doesn’t seem to be a way to stream the races for people like me who don’t have satellite TV. That also means you can’t watch the races on your phone.

Last year Formula 1 launched their own channel called F1 TV where for $9.99 a month you can stream the race weekends live as well as watch older races from their archive. Technically F1 TV doesn’t work in Kuwait but since I have a US-based credit card, I was able to subscribe and then watch the races over a VPN. It worked for a short while last year, and then F1 TV got strict and started blocking VPN’s, but my internet connection was also an issue since it wasn’t fast enough to stream properly through VPN. So last year I ended up giving up on F1 TV and had to go back to the BeIN digital service which I didn’t like. Since BeIN was out of the picture this year, I decided to try F1 TV again, and my experience this time around has been much better.

This time around my internet is a lot faster since I signed up to Zain Beam last month (for those wondering, I’m still getting a stable 30Mbps download speed with Beam). I also changed my VPN service from StrongVPN to SmartDNSProxy and so far, F1 TV hasn’t blocked a single stream. The F1 TV service has also been polished up since they first launched and there doesn’t seem to be any weird streaming issues (like their stream crashing at the start of the race). I also discovered a cool trick the other day where if I use my TV as a second monitor, I could use one browser tab to stream the race on my TV and then use the laptop screen with another browser tab open to a live race data stream or a driver cockpit view. And on top of all this, I’ve also been able to stream the race on my mobile phone using the F1 app.

So if you want to watch Formula 1 in Kuwait, your only options (at the time of this post) is MBC Action or F1 TV if you have a foreign credit card.

2019-04-01T12:44:13+03:00Apr 1, 2019|7 Comments

Bridge to Free Trade Zone Now Open

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Highway 60 which is the long bit of highway that flies over Shuwaikh is now open again. The bridge which previously use to drop you at the start of the free trade zone now flies over it landing you at the very far end of it. This bridge will also soon connect to the world’s longest bridge, the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Causeway which is set to open next month.

I drove on the new bridge extension this past weekend and it reminded me of the old video game Tokyo Highway Challenge. I wouldn’t be surprised if the bridge turns out to be popular with street racers especially considering there is only one speed camera.

2019-03-31T13:58:12+03:00Mar 31, 2019|8 Comments