I’ve been asked several times to blog about where to recycle plastic bottles, the only problem was there were none. The only one I knew shut down a long time ago. Few months back I was walking at GUST and noticed those cardboard boxes. Was happy to see someone taking the initiative of installing boxes for recycled plastic all over Kuwait.
The organization behind it, Omniya, is expanding pretty quickly. In fact, they’ve produced more than 2500 boxes so far. If you think you(or your office) consume a ton of plastic bottles you can send your name and address to this number 66514143 and they will have an Omniya box delivered to you.
This photo has been spreading as fast as bacteria on the internet. I can’t believe we still have a big portion of people who still believe this happened. Someone decided to spend an hour on Photoshop or some app, that’s it, that’s the entire story. It isn’t that hard, in fact I’m thinking of making a series of fake Photoshop things in Kuwait to prove a point, if I have the time that is.
If you’re super lazy but still want to clean/whiten your teeth you don’t have to leave the house anymore. I spotted this the other day, Bayan Dental now has a mobile clinic that will come to you. One thing they’re offering is a Bridal Package, they will come and fix up your teeth before your wedding.
According to a local lawyer, Faisal Abuhlaibah, if you retweet someone, and that tweet is considered a crime by law in Kuwait, then you are treated as committing the exact same crime. Meaning if he gets a 1 year of jailtime, so will you. Last year, I posted about how the amount of people going to jail over a tweet has been increasing, it appears it’s only getting worse.
Here’s an interesting read I found on the internet by Nadia Nader, a Kuwaiti book writer. Some of the facts she mentions are commonly known but that’s because her post was targeted to those that don’t know about Kuwait or its culture. Number 10 spoke of the ironic reality of this society and who knew what the colors of the Kuwaiti flag meant.
The official name is “State of Kuwait” but most people refer to it as Kuwait. Kuwait is derived from Akwat (the plural of word “Kout”) and means “fortress built near water”.
The national bird of Kuwait is a falcon. You can see images imprinted in many places and on many objects. Falcons are trained.
They only make up a third of the population, a minority within their own country. The other 2/3 are composed of expats from all around the world. Kuwait has an interesting societal structure and international community.
Family is important in Kuwait. Single men and women are expected to live with their families until they are married. Once they marry, that is when it is acceptable for them to move out and have their own place. However, due to high real estate prices and not many options for rentals, many families choose to remain living under the same roof.
Kuwait is one of the hottest countries in the world with temperatures reaching up to 50 Celsius in the summer months. That’s 122 degrees Fahrenheit! No one dies during the summer months from the temperature but it advisable not to stay out too long to avoid sunstroke.
Gas is cheaper than water. Petroleum and petroleum-products make up nearly 85% of export revenues.
The flag of Kuwait contains four colors: green, white, red, and black. They symbolize “our lands”, “our deeds”, “our swords”, and “our battles” respectively.
People in Kuwait are early adopters of any technology and trend out there. If something is new, be sure someone in Kuwait already has five of it. It was not a good time when cheetahs were trendy to own.
Wives do not take on their husband’s name upon marriage. The name you are born with is your name from birth until death.
Nepotism is a fact of life and “wasta” gets you anything you need to get done.
Yesterday I spent around 4 hours standing in line and most of it was waiting my turn to give my condolences to the families on the martyrdom of their loved ones. Twenty seven people died in a Shia mosque bomb attack and over 200 injured. By the time I was done it was around 2 a.m so I went to Pick Yo Qurtoba for suhoor. It was completely empty and everything around was closed.
I told them you guys are usually packed. They told me they just opened up after shutting down because a suspicious potential bomb in a bag was being inspected in Qurtoba Co-op area by police. So all the places shut down for safety precautions. Eventually the Ministry of Interior announced the bag did not contain any explosives.
Before the bombing in Kuwait we would see terrorist bombings in Pakistan and say it would never come to Kuwait. As time passed by we would see terrorist bombings in our neighbouring Saudi Arabia and say it would never come to Kuwait. There were security precautions during Friday prayers in Kuwait mosques but no wear near enough. We got a wake up call last Friday, and it came at a great cost.
It is beyond me on how the simple basics of Islam that no one argues on are good deeds such as fasting, praying, attending Friday prayer, and all being on the holy month of God, on a Friday are considered to an organisation who portray themselves as ‘Muslims’ a reason to kill out of pure hatred. They’ve shattered and destroyed the holy Qur’an and it hurts to watch the aftermath. It was an unislamic and barbaric act, by an organisation following an agenda, not a religion.
On the other hand, it was beautiful to see Kuwait unify as one, reminded some of the 1990 war with Iraq. Sunni’s praying in Shia mosques and vice versa. Kuwait’s beauty comes with its values. To cleanse the country from this terrorist mentality and pure hatred it needs to be done from the roots. From the teachings at school to addressing all the false accusations from different religious sects.
There’s so much work to be done but I believe we will be getting there. Just feeling sad for those that have been murdered is not enough, if actions are not taken this will only escalate to the worse. I’m one of those that has to remind themselves every day that this terrorist attack has happened, I still can’t fully grasp the brutal incident.
The Avenues put a logo on their roof that’s so big it can be seen by Google Maps, you can also see it on a plane on your way back to Kuwait. What they didn’t keep in mind was how it will look on Google Maps, which didn’t turn out so well, it’s upside down. To see a close up on Google Maps of the logo click [here].
SwiftKey, Android’s most popular keyboard that has 10’s of millions of downloads released their first Emoji report. It’s interesting diving in the report. I found out French people used the heart emoji four types more than any other language. No idea why the poop emoji is so popular in Canada though.
I think I know why the number one emoji in the Arab region is a flower. It’s not because we live in a romantic society, but rather because mothers use that emoji all the time when talking to their kids. You just know a broadcast message was done by a mother when it’s filled with red flowers after every sentence.