Arabica Featured in Wallpaper*

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Arabica’s Mall 30 location was featured in the design and lifestyle magazine Wallpaper* last week. I haven’t been to that location yet because it’s so out of my way, but I had seen photos of it and it really is a beautiful space.

The interior was designed by the Japanese design studio Nendo and opened up last December. If you’re interested in passing by, here is the location on Google Maps.

Here is the link to the article on Wallpaper*.

The store was also featured on Design Boom where they have even more pictures of the space.

2019-03-30T22:17:15+03:00Mar 30, 2019|4 Comments

Things to do in Kuwait this Weekend

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Below is this weekends list of events. As usual, if I missed anything, let me know in the comments:

Thursday
Exhibition: RE_USE
Exhibition: Laura Boushnak | Read | Write
Exhibition: Sami Mohammad
Kuwait Yacht Show 2019
Souq Buhayra
Spring Break Playground
Family Carnival at Arabella

Friday
Exhibition: RE_USE
Exhibition: Laura Boushnak | Read | Write
Exhibition: Sami Mohammad
Kuwait Yacht Show 2019
Souq Buhayra
Spring Break Playground
Spring Craft Market at The Promenade
Road Rush
Family Carnival at Arabella

Saturday
Exhibition: RE_USE
Exhibition: Laura Boushnak | Read | Write
Exhibition: Sami Mohammad
Kuwait Yacht Show 2019
Souq Buhayra
Spring Break Playground
Guided Tour: Liberation Tower
KTAA Spring Bazaar
Dare to Do Mighty Things: Hitting the Road On Mars
Earth Hour

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.

2019-03-28T12:33:53+03:00Mar 28, 2019|1 Comment

Movies Showing in Kuwait this Weekend

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Screenshot from Dumbo

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

New This Weekend:
Dumbo (7.1)
The Professor and the Madman (7.9)
We Die Young (5.7)

Other Movies Showing Now:
Alita: Battle Angel (7.6)
Captain Marvel (6.0)
Cold Pursuit (7.3)
Escape Room (6.4)
Five Feet Apart (7.2)
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (7.9)
Mirai (7.1)
Take Point (5.7)
The Hole in the Ground (5.8)
The Upside (6.4)
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.

2019-03-28T07:32:11+03:00Mar 28, 2019|1 Comment

Visiting The Kuwait National Library

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Around 4 years ago I passed by The Kuwait National Library. The library wasn’t officially open then but I had a meeting with the team there and before my meeting started, I wandered around a bit and explored what I thought were all the English books they had in this very small section near the meeting room. I wasn’t that impressed.

Since then I’ve been meaning to drop by again but never did, partially because I wasn’t impressed the first time but also because their opening hours are terrible, 9AM to 1PM during weekdays.. basically when everyone is at work. But, I did manage to finally drop by the library this morning and I’ve changed my mind, I now love the place.

The national library is spread out over three floors not including the ground floor. I’m sure the way the books were divided kinda made sense, but I was just wandering around exploring and randomly looking for English books. So this is the thing I didn’t realize the first time I was there, there isn’t just one section where all the English books are located. Instead, the library is divided into different areas like Encyclopedias or books about Kuwait etc.., and in each of these areas you’ll find an English books corner.

There were a handful of people in the library when I was there (because everyone has a day job obviously), so I was able to just walk around the different floors and sections, randomly exploring without disturbing anyone. I’m not sure I managed to see all the areas but even if I did, I really do have to go back and spend a lot more time there.

My favorite sections were probably the books on Kuwait section as well as the newspaper archives section. If you check my instagram story I shared some videos of that section. The newspaper archive section had these massive books of different Kuwaiti newspapers from the 60s, 70s, 80s etc.. and you just flip through them, every page of the book is a page from a newspaper. They’re so good and there were so many of them so I really want to go back and flip through more of those books.

There was also this very cool section with shelves that opened and moved with a touch of a button, there was a section where employees were busy digitizing books using these super cool laser scanners (pictured above), and there was even a rare books section.

I really love old books, especially ones related to Kuwait so I really did enjoy just sitting on the floor and flipping through random books. You can’t take the books out of the library, but that’s really not an issue for me and if anything, I prefer it since the books will always be there to check.

Their opening hours are terrible and that really is my biggest issue with the place. I really want you all to pass by and check the library out, but I also know that the majority of you have jobs and aren’t going to want to take a day off just to explore a library. But if you can, then they’re open from Sunday to Thursday, 9AM to 1PM. The library is located right next to the Sadu House and the National Museum [Google Maps]. Everyone can access the library, and it’s free. You just need to give them your Civil ID card at the door.

If you follow me on instagram (@mark248am) then check out my story today, I’ll also have it as a highlight for a few days in case you read this post late.

The National Library of Kuwait’s website is nlk.gov.kw

2019-03-28T07:58:31+03:00Mar 27, 2019|23 Comments

Waitrose products now at City Center

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Starting today, City Center is now carrying Waitrose products inside their stores. At this moment the Waitrose products are only available at their Salmiya location, but they will soon be adding them in their Dasma and Shuwaikh stores soon.

Currently, only around 30-40% of their total shipment has arrived, with the rest of the Waitrose products expected to be in store in around a months time.

This isn’t the first time Waitrose products have been made available in Kuwait, around 5 years ago Sultan Center started carrying Waitrose products as well. The biggest difference this time around is that City Center have segregated the Waitrose products into their own section which makes it easier to find stuff.

2019-03-25T18:55:53+03:00Mar 25, 2019|9 Comments

Manara Mall. New project by AGi architects

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I’ve featured the work of AGi architects on the blog before but most of the projects I featured were beautiful residential homes they had designed. I think this is the first commercial project I’ve seen by them and its as beautifully designed as their other projects.

I haven’t been to this mall myself yet and so have no idea what stores are open there, but I’m planning to pass by just to check out the architecture. The AGi website has more photos and details on this project which you can check out on their website if you’re interested [Here]

Update: Here is their location on [Google Maps]

2019-03-25T18:41:25+03:00Mar 25, 2019|17 Comments