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.
It infuriates me everytime there’s traffic in a road only to find out that there was an accident but all the cars were moved to the safe-lane and do not effect the traffic flow and yet the road is moving really slowly because people passing by the accident drive slowly to look, some even take photos. This video comically depicts the situation in Kuwait, notice how even the speed camera is taking photos.
Ahmed Al-Ghanim likes taking popular people like football players, singers and actors then photoshoping them into wearing a dishdasha and ghutra. Some of his work I feel is obviously photoshoped, but most of it is a job well done. I’ve included some of my favourites, to see the rest of his instagram account click [here].
I took part in the opening ceremony of Al Sirhan’s latest shoe store. For those that haven’t heard of Al Sirhan, they’ve been in Kuwait since 1935, well-known for having great shoes for dishdasha’s as well. Their brands include Clarks, Florsheim, Paolo Sesto, Kildare and Tamima.
Tamima (seen above) is an exclusive Italian brand that manufactures Arabian sandals. The sandals themselves are also handmade in Italy, which explains the hefty price tag that’s around KD 70. Apart from shoes and sandals they also sell wallets and some other accessories shown on the gallery below.
There were two things I liked when I visited. All shoes were made in either Italy or Brazil, nothing I’ve seen was actually made in China. The other aspect was the price, they were fairly reasonable. I didn’t see a shoe that was over KD 35, winter was coming so I bought myself one for the dishdasha, price tag was KD 34.
Many don’t know this, but there’s Banksy-inspired art in Kuwait City on a huge wall of a guy with his face covered wearing a dishdasha throwing flowers at a heart that says “I love you, Kuwait”. It was creatively done having purposely drawn the art on a corner. I’m sure it was inspired by this work of Banksy’s.
I was at a dinner yesterday at Crowne Plaza which included the co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak and the co-founder of Starbucks Zev Seigl. To my surprise Steve came wearing a dishdasha, I guess he realized how comfortable it was to wear one.
I never thought Steve and I had similar thoughts on Apple’s iPhone, but it turns out we did. To me the iPhone 4 was the most innovative Apple has become, after that newer models phones were just upgrades. They didn’t have a revamped infrastructure or ground breaking technology, they no longer set the standards.
When asked what was his favourite iPhone he said the iPhone 4 because to him it was like iPhone 2.0. Android just topped 81% market penetration globally while Apple was 13.4% in Q3 this year, Apple lost around ~2% from Q2. They don’t need more colorful phones, they need the Steve Jobs mentality.
If there was a report based on the laziest countries in the world, Kuwait would be somewhere on the top 5. We have our dishdasha’s delivered to us, our devices picked up from us to get fixed and our cars washed at home by a cleaning company. Now you don’t need to go buy fish from the supermarket, you can order it to be delivered to you.
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