I think every Kuwaiti is getting fed up of these terribly executed ads trying to lure GCC citizens to join a service. Frankom posted one yesterday on twitter and people started contributing with other ads they saw. Some of them are so bad you’d think it’s a joke. I’ve been seeing some of them for years and I’m starting to wonder if they actually work, they should, since they haven’t stopped advertising them. If you promote these ads and you’re reading this, please stop.
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.
GRL Gaming are hosting a League of Legends tournament for the first time in Kuwait (open for MENA) with a prize pool of KD 500. The tournament will take place on July 9th, the teams should be groups of 5. I know there’s a huge League of Legends community in Kuwait. I hope to see a Hearthstone tournaments as well as it’s one of my favourite games.
For details or to sign up click [here].
Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Tunisia.
A 3 minute report worth watching that brings some stories that were never shared before. When CNN asked an injured in hospital after the bombing if he’s angry he replies with I’m not angry, I’m happy, I see love in Kuwaiti eyes. Although he sustained serious injuries he finds happiness within the unity of the country.
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.
Kuwait needs solidarity, and it needs it now.
We finally have something I like in Qurtoba Co-op, before that we only had Burger King, a fatayer place, a shawerma place, Caribou (which use to be my only go to place) and Quiznoss (which I kind of like). It looks really nice from the inside but it’s so packed, didn’t bother waiting in line. I’m really hoping after Ramadan traffic will reduce significantly.
This photo taken in Kuwait was shortlisted from over 10,000 entries for the competition, Environmental Photographer of the Year award. To us, this view isn’t uncommon, but to the majority of the world it looks exceptional and scary. In total 111 photos have been selected and they all tell a unique story. There’s a website just for this award you can check out [here].
“A huge ‘wall of sand’ engulfs a city in Kuwait. This type of sandstorm is also known as ‘haboob’, derived from the Arabic word for ‘strong wind’ (Credit: Rizalde Cayanan)”
Update: As a user pointed out, the photo of the sandstorm hadn’t won, but rather shortlisted from over 10,000 submissions. In total 111 photos were shortlisted and will be displayed at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 22 June to 10 July.
Bought the phone a week ago as soon as it was available. It was actually not easy to find, and the store that sold me the LG G4 didn’t have it on display. Bought it for KD 199 from Mobile 2000, even though excite is selling the same version for KD 220. I can basically summarise the phone in a sentence, it’s a LG G3 with a really good camera and touch screen problems.
I’m really disappointed because ever since I bought the phone I’ve been having touch screen issues, I would swipe(scroll) through Instagram and the phone would sometimes automatically like images (it double taps) or opens the comment section of an instagram post. On Snapchat I would have to long press a user several times to finally get to see their post. Playing games with dragging is an issue too.
This is not just me, a big majority are facing issues and they vary. Some are worse, where the LG Keyboard will mess up letters everytime you start typing. The user above shows one of the touch screen problems he’s facing, which isn’t identical to my issue. A quick Google Search shows you how blogs all over the world are talking about this.
LG released a keyboard update few days back that unfortunately didn’t help anyone that didn’t have issues with the keyboard issue, such as myself. I’m still facing the same screen problems. I unfortunately cannot recommend the phone at this time (hoping for a prompt update), this seems to be effecting a huge portion of LG G4 customers. According to a poll from XDA, 66% of LG G4 were facing some sort of touch screen issues.
There are some other things worth noting, like the really good camera with all the DSLR options I wanted but I’ll go through that in a full review later and to be honest everything the phone has is overshadowed by the fact that it has touch screen issues.