I posted 9 months ago that Arnold Schwarzenegger will be coming to Kuwait for the grand opening of Gold’s Gym. I sat with Gold’s Gym staff yesterday touring the place before they open a few months from now (they even have a Carido Cinema). They’ve confirmed they are still under negotiation to bring Arnold and possibly a few more celebrities like The Rock for the grand opening.
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.
It was just a matter of time till what happened in Riyath happens in Kuwait. Jabirya has it’s electricity shutdown right now. The picture I’ve posted right now are from
Jabriya and Ahmedi all over Kuwait but I’m sure each area it’s going to take turns in getting flooded. Qurtoba’s streets are also flooding, filled with cockroaches I might add because the rain went in and out the sewage taking all the cockroaches out with it.
Here’s what the Avenues looks like:
It keeps getting worse every time they install more artificial turf (fake grass) around Kuwait to cut on cost, apart from losing all the benefits of grass. I wish they find a better solution to cutting cost like installing a new method of watering the grass rather than removing it altogether. This photo was taken at Blajat Street.
Photo taken from hmalsabah
I passed by one of Ray Elbe’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes to see what it was like. Ray teaches Jiu Jitsu for beginners and for those that want to take to the next level, they can go for the intermediate classes. This martial arts is great for self-defence, it’s all about the right grips and maintaining your position.
He personally teaches all his classes and is looking forward to expand the club to other martial arts styles. In Kuwait, Karate is undoubtedly the most popular martial arts and it’s great seeing we have people expanding in to other sports. His classes are 3 times a week, I’ll update this post in a few hours after I get the pricing and timing of the classes.
Here are the details:
- Date & Time: Monday & Wednesday 7 – 8:15 pm, Saturday 5-6:15 pm
- Duration: 8 weeks
- Cost: KD 130
Contact the following number if you want to sign up: 6999 9499
So basically this [website] is crowd-funding based similar to Kickstarter’s concept except it’s Kuwaiti. I like that someone is trying to make the concept local but I doubt it will last due to Kuwait having a small population. Kickstarter has more than 3 million backers with over 10 million pledges for example but I do wish them the best as I am fed up of expos/booths, time to go digital.
On a side note, [Zoomaal] is a well thought out crowd-funding website targeted for the Arab region and they’ve doing pretty well but they only have a few projects.
A photowalk is more like a social photography event where photographers gather in a spot, take photos for an hour or two then maybe meet up at a restaurant after that. Scott Kelby’s worldwide photowalk never took place in Kuwait until now. It’s going to be on October 5th at Souk Al Mubarkeya.
There are some pretty cool prizes to be won like a Canon 70D and Adobe Creative Cloud Membership. So far there are 700 registered photowalks with 8700+ photographers. Keep in mind the prizes are for the worldwide event, not just Kuwait. I’ll try to participate, to register in Kuwait’s photowalk click [here].
- Date: October 5th, 2013 (Saturday)
- Time: 10a.m – 12p.m
- Location: Souk Al Mubarkiya, Kuwait City