Russ Concert is Back On

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For those of you interested, the Russ concert is back on next month. Originally Russ had backed out of the concert after seeing how much the promoter was charging for the tickets, but now it looks like he backed down from his stance and the concert is back on.

The ticket prices were reduced slightly but not by that much:

VIP – KD250 KD225
Gold – KD200 KD180
Silver – KD150 KD135
Bronze – KD100 KD90
Normal – KD50 KD45

For more information and a link to the tickets, click [Here]

Thanks Mubarak

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Things to do in Kuwait this Weekend

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Lots of events this weekend including two coffee festivals. Check out the full list of events taking place below:

Filipos Brekkie
The Human Capital Forum
Cofe District Festival
The Kuwait Motor Show
Global Game Jam 2018
Sadu Reimagined
Cinemagics Rooftop Movie: The Red Turtle

Charity Drive
Filipos Brekkie
The Kuwait Motor Show
Global Game Jam 2018
Sadu Reimagined
The Warehouse Series 0.2
Eighty Six Pop-up

Filipos Brekkie
The Kuwait Motor Show
Global Game Jam 2018
Sadu Reimagined
Guided Tour: Landmarks of Old Kuwait City
Here Exhibit
Cinemagics Rooftop Movie: Things to Come

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For a full list of upcoming events click [Here]

Sometimes events get canceled or have details changed so always double check with the organizers.

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Movies Showing in Kuwait this Weekend

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Screenshot from The Death of Stalin

The movies below are now showing at either Cinescape, Grand Cinemas or Sky Cinemas:

New This Week:
All the Money in the World (7.1)
Dead Awake (4.6)
Guardians of the Tomb (7.2)
Maze Runner: The Death Cure (7.2)
The Death of Stalin (7.6) ♦
The Florida Project (7.8)

Other Movies Showing:
12 Strong (7.5)
Bunyan and Babe (5.0)
Coco (9.1)
Downsizing (5.8) ♦
Ferdinand (6.8)
Insidious: The Last Key (7.2)
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (6.9)
The Bachelors (6.4)
The Commuter (6.8)
The Greatest Showman (7.9)
The Pirates of Somalia (6.9)
The Post (7.5)
Wonder (7.2)

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

A Beautiful Planet 3D (7.9)
America Wild: National Parks Adventure (N/A)
Dream Big 3D (7.9)
Extreme Weather 3D (6.6)
Tiny Giants 3D (8.0)
Watermelon Magic 3D (7.4)

Numbers in brackets refer to the IMDB rating at time of publishing.
★ is for movies I’m interested in. ♦ implies movie might contain censorship.

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Reminder: The Human Capital Forum

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The Human Capital Forum starts today at JACC and comprises of talks and panels from speakers in different fields, with a common vision to highlight the importance of investing in creativity for social impact. Their outdoor setup (pictured above) looks super nice so pass by and check it out if you can. It’s free to attend but you need to register to get a pass.

For more information, click [Here]

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This is Not an Official Apple Store

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A bunch of people and friends have been forwarding me the screenshot above taken from the account @kuwait_projects. Kuwait Projects post is a bit misleading since he makes it seem like an official Apple store is opening in Avenues Phase 4. That isn’t the case. The store in the picture above is just a regular authorized Apple store, not an official one.

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New Malls Opening Dates

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Avenues Phase 4
The fourth phase of Avenues is on target to open up next month on February 25th. They’ve invited some of the media to take a tour of the new phase at the end of this month so we should get new photos of a nearly complete mall pretty soon.

Al Kout Mall
The new Al Kout Mall is expected to open up in March with an exact target date of March 15th. Al Kout Mall is replacing Al Manshar Mall which was torn down back in 2013.

Assima Mall
Finally, even though Assima Mall construction site caught fire back in June, they’re still planning to open by Q3 2019. I think the fire delayed the project by just a few months since 2019 was always their target date.

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Nuclear Power Back on the Table?

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I thought Kuwait had canceled plans to build a nuclear power plant but a Russian company just applied for a building permit so they could construct one.

The Russian state corporation Rosatom has applied for building permit for construction of the nuclear power plant in Kuwait, announced the Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak. Currently, the main talks on the implementation of the project are under way. [Source]

I have mixed feelings about this, I’m pro-nuclear power but in our case, solar kinda makes more sense since its sunny all year round and it’s safer. Nuclear is a lot more practical though:

– Kuwait consumes around 13,000MW of electricity

– The Ivanpah Solar Power Facility in the USA is the largest solar station in the world and it produces 392MW

– The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant in Japan is the largest in the world and produces 7,965 MW

So one nuclear power plant could supply more than 60% of Kuwait’s power needs while the largest solar station would supply just 3%.

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Apple Pay Works in Kuwait

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Looks like Apple Pay is now starting to work in some places in Kuwait. Some of the new Knet machines that support wireless Knet payment now also work with Apple Pay. I haven’t been able to try this myself, but a friend of mine was able to paying using Apple Pay at Solo Pizza. You need to have a credit card already added to your phone from a country that has Apple Pay like the US for example.

There is no real advantage to using Apple Pay in Kuwait, if anything its actually more expensive when you factor in the cost to transfer money from Kuwait bank account to your US one. But for now, I guess there is a bit of a cool factor to using Apple Pay.

Update: Just tried my Apple Pay at Liquid and it worked!

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Cinescape is Wheelchair Friendly

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Over the weekend I went to the movies to watch Jumanji, a good movie by the way, just censored the hell out of in Kuwait. Seriously this has to be the most censored movie I’ve ever watched in Kuwait, and I have no idea how that’s possible since it’s a PG-rated film.

So, originally we were planning to watch it at Grand Cinemas in Hamra Mall, but surprisingly, they didn’t have any theater that would accommodate a wheelchair. I don’t mean the theater playing Jumanji, I mean neither of their theaters playing any movie had wheelchair access.

So I gave Cinescape a call and they told me they had wheelchair access at ALL their theaters except for two, Laila and Central Place. The operator also told me that if the person was permanently in a wheelchair, then they could get a lifetime pass to watch movies for free at their theaters.

I think that’s pretty thoughtful of Cinescape and pretty odd of Grand Cinemas considering their Hamra theater is fairly new. The only feedback I would give Cinescape is to mark the wheelchair areas on the seating map since I had to call the operator and find out where they were. For example, the map above is how it currently looks like while the map below is what I think they should do (notice row J).

Anyway just wanted to thank Cinescape with this post for being so considerate.

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RAW Sushi in the City

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RAW originally opened up back in 2016 in the industrial area of Shuwaikh but recently closed that location down. It was one of my favorite sushi places, but a lot of people had an issue with the location since at night the area around was super dark and creepy. So they closed that space down and moved to the city where they just officially reopened this past weekend across the street from Hamra Tower [Map]

Along with the new location, they revamped their menu by adding a lot of interesting and delicious new dishes that go beyond what you’d find at your typical Japanese restaurant. You can check out the full menu [Here].

I’ve been there three times so far (two tastings and a dinner), and really love the food. You really can’t go wrong by choosing any of the 20+ items on the menu.

RAW is currently only open for dinner, so you should call and reserve ahead of time just in case they’re busy. For more information check out their instagram @eatrawkwt

Note: Make sure you try the Koji Glazed Thigh (pictured above), the Tofu Croquettes, Sablefish and the Yuzu Yogurt dessert.

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