I don’t think I’ve seen a millionaire this humble before. He’s been cleaning Bahrain streets for over 10 years and his story just got viral a few days ago, which comes to show he wasn’t doing it for fame points. This sadly reminds me of the huge amount of people that trash Kuwait and think it’s totally okay because someone will clean it up later.[Source]
Not a bad score if you compare the score to Saudi Arabia #97, Bahrain #96 or Oman #45. The only GCC country with a better ranking was UAE at #36, up by one point. Iceland had the best peace index score while Afghanistan had the worst.[Source]
For the full summary on why Kuwait got that GPI score click [here].
It’s interesting to see how active Facebook is in Kuwait, most people say it’s dead and/or they’ve moved on to twitter and instagram. I’ve noticed Kuwaiti accounts are either very inactive or slightly active while expats accounts are fairly active. Out of the entire arab region Kuwait was the only country with a decrease in Facebook penetration (-14.3%).
This is intriguing because Kuwait is also happens to be most active country in the arab region on instagram. The hashtag #Kuwait was used more than 6 million times, way more than #uae, #saudi or #qatar. I guess Kuwait is quick to move on to the next trending social platform and abandon the previous one.
According Bloomberg‘s article posted yesterday, Kuwait has the 3rd cheapest gas price ($0.81 per gallon of gasoline), 1st place goes to Venezuela ($0.06 per gallon of gasoline) and Saudi Arabia in 2nd ($0.45 per gallon of gasoline). Turkey had the most expensive gas price at $9.89 per gallon. I’m not too sure about Kuwait in 3rd place because I couldn’t find Libya, Turkmenistan and Bahrain on the list. Those 3 countries sell gasoline cheaper than Kuwait.
My cousin who is the biggest Hideo Kojima (maker of Metal Gear Solid) fan of all time went to Dubai to meet him last week. I remember my cousin teaching me how to finish Metal Gear Solid on PS1 in one day, took around 10 hours. Geekay Games managed to bring Hideo Kojima to Dubai for the first time in the Arab region, exciting for many.
You only got to sign one of your items. The signing session was two hours long and there were 445 signatures in total. There were people from Pakistan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Kuwait. In a way he’s like the Justin Bieber of video games popularity-wise. I was told his English wasn’t that good, which came as a surprise.
Judging from his twitter feed it looks like Hideo Kojima had a pretty good time in Dubai. He even went to Mc Donalds and ordered a Mc Arabia. I’m glad the huge portion of Arab gamers are finally getting some celebrity attention from the gaming industry. I wonder who will be next, maybe the maker of street fighter.
Interesting to see how the Arab countries are doing on twitter as far as activity goes. Even though Kuwait doesn’t have the biggest number of active twitter users (Saudi Arabia has around 150,000 more) it is the most country with tweets tweeted by a big margin. In March alone 58,900,000 tweets came from Kuwait, click on more to see the infograph. continue reading»
An interesting infographic about how the Middle East uses social media. This includes how much the social platform giants Facebook and Twitter are used and what are the best Middle Eastern countries to invest in through digital marketing. Kuwait wasn’t mentioned although I think it has a lot of potential in the social media atmosphere. Email is still going strong.