KMT’s Second Open Track Event

Post by Mark

Yesterday, Kuwait Motor Town held their second open track event and once again, it was so much fun. Things were already great at their first event, but the KMT team worked out some minor kinks which made this second open track even more enjoyable. For example, there used to be an extremely annoying siren that would blast loudly every time a car would drive into the pit lane (which is all the time), they stopped that now. Fuel was also an issue at the first event since there wasn’t any available at the track, this time around they set up a fuel station at the end of the pit lane for refueling.

There are two more open track events taking place next month and they’re open to the public. There’s music and food trucks at the track as well as a play area for kids. So it’s a good event to come by and chill at since you can hang out in the grandstands and watch the cars race around the track or even sign up to be a passenger. I’ll keep you guys posted about the next event but I really have to say, KMT has turned out to be a lot better than I expected. I have to admit I did have low expectations, but still I’m really impressed with what they’ve managed to accomplish in such a short period of time. They are constantly having something going on so keep checking their instagram for updates @kmtkw

Thank you KMT!

2019-03-24T13:57:09+03:00Mar 24, 2019|12 Comments

The Best Looking Restaurant in Kuwait?

Post by Mark

Usually, when I write about new restaurants that just opened up I talk about the food, but not in this case. The Cardamom Club is a new Indian restaurant that recently opened up and I think it has the best looking interior of any restaurant in Kuwait.

The restaurant is part of the Napkin Affair group who also own the concepts Ubon, Ananas, Simsim, and Mana. They designed all their restaurants in house and until recently I had thought Ananas was their best work, but not anymore. So far I’ve been to The Cardamom Club twice and on both occasions, I thought the food was average but the interior really beautiful.

If you’re looking for a new place to try out you should give The Cardamom Club a visit, they’re located in Kuwait City right next to the pizza place Pinocchio’s. Here is their location on [Google Maps] and their instagram account is @cardamom.club

2019-03-24T08:40:46+03:00Mar 24, 2019|9 Comments

Things to do in Kuwait this Weekend

Post by Mark

Below is this weekends list of events and a bunch of interesting things happening including two events at the race track, the Drag Racing Championship and the Open Track. As usual, if I missed anything, let me know in the comments:

Thursday
Exhibition: RE_USE
Visual Art Exhibition at American International School Kuwait
Exhibition: Laura Boushnak | Read | Write
Thriller Live
Kuwait International Drag Racing Championship – Round 2
Food Festival

Friday
Exhibition: RE_USE
Exhibition: Laura Boushnak | Read | Write
Thriller Live
Kuwait International Drag Racing Championship – Round 2
Food Festival
French Bazar
Alsouq Market

Saturday
Exhibition: RE_USE
Exhibition: Laura Boushnak | Read | Write
Thriller Live
Food Festival
Shinsawi: Outdoor Basketball
Yoga & Art
KMT Open Track

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.

2019-03-21T09:51:49+03:00Mar 21, 2019|0 Comments

Movies Showing in Kuwait this Weekend

Post by Mark


Screenshot from Us

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

New This Weekend:
Five Feet Apart (7.2)
Manou the Swift (7.6)
Mirai (7.1)
The Brand New Adventures of Aladdin (3.0)
Us (7.3)

Other Movies Showing Now:
Alita: Battle Angel (7.6)
BOO! (4.2)
Captain Marvel (6.0)
Cold Pursuit (7.3)
Escape Room (6.4)
Fighting with My Family (7.8)
Greta (6.1)
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (7.9)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (8.6)
Take Point (5.7)
The Hole in the Ground (5.8)
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)
Planet Power 3D (N/A)

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

2019-03-21T07:53:35+03:00Mar 21, 2019|0 Comments

7-Eleven now… Eleven

Post by Mark

Last year 7-Eleven opened their first location in Kuwait, but I passed by it recently and it looks like they’ve rebranded to just Eleven. I guess they either lost the franchise or were never official and so were forced to rename the place. Awkward.

2019-03-20T12:28:16+03:00Mar 20, 2019|18 Comments

Quality of Living in our Region 2018

Post by Mark

Mercer’s Quality of Living rankings list was recently released and the regional order has pretty much remained unchanged. I thought Saudi Arabia might move up from the previous years because of the recent changes that have taken place there but their ranking hasn’t really changed. Mercer puts together this list by evaluating a number of factors including recreation, housing, economic environment, consumer goods availability, public services and transport, political and social environment, natural environment, socio-cultural environment, school and education and medical and health considerations.

1 – Vienna, Austria
74 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
78 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
105 – Muscat, Oman
110 – Doha, Qatar
126 – Kuwait City, Kuwait
136 – Manama, Bahrain
164 – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
168 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
231 – Baghdad, Iraq

The list above shows Kuwait’s ranking compared to neighboring countries but if you’d like to see how your home country ranks in the world, you can check out the full list on Mercer’s website [Here]

Thanks Basmah

2019-03-20T09:07:51+03:00Mar 20, 2019|16 Comments

Guide: How to update your Civil ID’s name to match your passport’s

Post by Mark

Recently a decision was made to cancel the use of residency stickers inside passports. Instead, you’ll need to have a valid Civil ID card when traveling as a means of verifying your residency. The name on the Civil ID card has to match your name in your passport or you’ll risk being denied travel in or out of Kuwait. Having weird spellings or incorrect data on the Civil ID is pretty common, so if your info doesn’t match your passport, you now have to fix it. Yesterday someone on Reddit posted the steps below on how to go about doing this:

Step 1) Go to the PACI eEnvelope system website, if the website is in Arabic you can change the language to English, there’s an option at the top of the page

Step 2) Click on non-Kuwaiti Renewal

Step 3) Enter your Civil ID and serial no. which is shown on the back

Step 4) You’ll have to verify your mobile no. so they’ll send you a verification SMS

Step 5) Enter all data required (blood type is optional but if that needs changing too then you’ll need to also upload a lab report)

Step 6) Upload the required documents

Step 7) You’ll be sent an application’s reference number to your registered mobile no., which you can use to track your application’s progress

Step 8) Wait and wait, this will take a few days as your application needs to be checked manually, once it’s approved you’ll be sent a link on your mobile to make the payment of KD5, after that you’ll just go have to go to South Surra to replace your old ID with the new one

Thanks Stafa!

2019-03-19T10:45:11+03:00Mar 19, 2019|65 Comments

The Top 20 Films of 2018 (According to Tarek’s humble opinion)

Post by Tarek J

Hey, this is your local film buff checking in on my yearly visit to this blog to spout out my favorite films of the year (because my opinion is right and everyone else is wrong).

Disclaimer: At the time of writing this article, I hadn’t seen the following highly acclaimed films that might have had a spot otherwise: Border, Caphernaum, Minding the Gap, The Rider, and Suspiria

Note: This year has proven to be one of the worst years for Hollywood Big Studio films, but an incredible year for independent cinema. As such, you may have never heard of some of the films listed below, but how boring would it be if I wrote this entire giant article just talking about films you already know. Wouldn’t it be great to be recommended stuff you haven’t heard of, so you can find it in you to take a risk and watch it? Who knows, you might find yourself surprised to discover a gem you would have never searched for otherwise…

Click here to keep on reading…

2019-03-18T12:57:20+03:00Mar 18, 2019|25 Comments