Funny how any app that gets popular in Kuwait either becomes a store or a show. Like when the fun run game become popular you would see fun run shows in Eid. This ‘Snap’ store is actually a juice store and was spotted by a friend who shared it on snapchat, the irony. I’m not looking forward for the next store that’s based on a popular app, normally they’re too cheesy.
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.
The National Assembly of Kuwait has approved the use of closed-circuit TV monitoring (CCTV) in public places across the country. They’re cameras installed everywhere that monitor all activities to reduce crime and speed up identification. You will basically be watched wherever you go all over Kuwait. No date on when they will start installing the cameras but places like hotels, malls and sports clubs will be included.[Source]
This is just outright crazy. I guess Al Ahmedi Snapchat’s moments of fame aren’t over yet. Don’t get too excited though, he wasn’t on Conan as a guest. The actual guest host was shown photos of people submitted by his fans of people that look like him and this photo was one of them. You can watch the clip below.
I just got sent an invitation for the premier of ‘Kuwait – Through Our Eyes (Part II)’ which will take place 7 days from now. It will be focusing on Economy & Banking, Technology, Sabah Al-Ahmed Sea City and Female Empowerment in Kuwait. For those that missed it, click [here] to see Kuwait – Through Our Eyes (Part I) and see Kuwait in all it’s glory. I’ll post the 15 minute documentary once released to public.
Here are some screenshots from the footage:
I don’t use Jazeera Airways unless I have to, there’s just better options out there but I’m all in for them buying stake at Kuwait Airways, the more the company gets privatized the better the chance it will perform better. It’s just upsetting seeing Qatar Airlines and Emirates both GCC neighboring countries reach the top on a worldwide scale while Kuwait Airways fights over the bottom spot on all aspects.
Jazeera Airways aims to Kuwait Airways “a leading airline that meets the ambitions of the Kuwaitis and travelers across the world.”
Please excuse the choppy image. It wasn’t really a suicide attempt more than it was an attempt for the sheep to free itself not knowing it would likely end up dead. The sheep ended up with a hanging leg and that stopped it from jumping right off causing havoc in the streets.
Here’s an interesting read by Jason Saltzman written on CNN. He was sent to Kuwait to promote entrepreneurship. He mentioned he had no idea what to expect or if people will even listen to him as he has never visited Kuwait before. He was actually impressed by a lot of things, here’s a paragraph from the article.
“Truth be told, there were reasons to be optimistic from the minute I landed, despite the hurdles. The youth of Kuwait are educated, discerning and innovative. They come up with awesome ideas, and have a tech infrastructure that rivals many other Western countries. Plus, Kuwait is affluent, so, in theory, there is money to fund some of these projects.”
He goes through his entire experience when visiting Kuwait which is worth reading. I met Jason when he was in Kuwait, he’s a very down to earth guy that loves helping people out with advice. Because the visit was a success the State Department has plans for him to visit Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Iraq.
Full article here – [Drop Entrepreneurs, Not Bombs].