The biggest mall in Kuwait will have two different hotels, one is Hilton’s smart luxury hotel while the other is a midscale Hilton Garden Inn. It’s a huge investment nearing $1 billion. The hotels will be located on opposite sides of the mall. I guess tourists can now book the hotel and just be at the Avenues the whole weekend then leave the country.[Source]
Like many of you, if not most of you, I’ve been crazy addicted to Pokemon Go. Every 27 – 33 year old that has played Pokemon on gameboy back in 1996 is getting so many nostalgic memories. The biggest difference is, this time you play through virtual reality where you have to literally walk miles to catch a Pokemon or fight in a Pokemon gym.
For example, you can get rare eggs that hatch to a Pokemon, in order for the rare egg to hatch, you have to walk 5 kilometers while the game on your phone is open and registering your movement, you can’t do it through driving as it will detect you’re going to fast. The Pokemon above I spotted at Costa while grabbing coffee.
I can’t believe I actually drove super slow around the neighborhood yesterday to fake walking while the app registers my walking, I did for like 5 minutes, the app registered 200 meters, I got bored and went home and figured I’ll just do my normal daily walking activities and it will register everything.
The game revolves around walking and the stories you hear are hilarious, so many end up walking to a Pokemon gym and find several other people standing there too. Instead of guys going out for “Gaz” in Kuwait, they now go drive about to catch Pokemons! What a time to be alive.
This guy literally walks at 8 in the morning from Marina Crescent to Kuwait Scientific Center and back, just to catch some Pokemons. I couldn’t make this stuff up even if I wanted to. Now if this isn’t the best exercise app out there, I don’t know what is.
Pokemon Go is not available in Kuwait yet, but there are means of downloading the game, just ask around you’ll find many who already did and can show you how.
As odd as it sounds, your options of healthy food at the Avenues, with all its restaurants is very limited. You don’t have a place that’s dedicated to healthy food. Until now that is, I passed by Salad Works located at the Old Souk the other day, and well, they’re like the Subway of salads.
You have a huge variety to pick from, stuff you normally don’t even find in other salad places. They’re prices are pretty reasonable, and in my two visits there, they have been very generous with portions. It’s great for someone dieting or just wants to go light with lunch/dinner.
Few months back the Environmental Police set a booth at the Avenues (Phase 3) where they issued a ticket for any smoker they could find. It got me really excited, almost felt like change is finally taking place. Passed by the Avenues on the same day, the booth was already removed and people were smoking everywhere again.
I rendered the whole thing as a CSR stunt that barely achieved anything. Going to the Avenues now is just like going last year, smoke is everywhere, ashtrays are offered by restaurants and I’m sitting in the middle inhaling all this unnecessary toxic. Which isn’t to say this is only exclusive to the Avenues, all malls are pretty much the same.
Part of the video can be seen below:
I was entering the Avenues when I noticed I had to go through an X-ray security check a lot like the one at the airport. Which is fine, more security to the people, less crime.
However, walking to the door right beside this one, there was no security check apart from a guy holding a metal detector stick and he was busy chatting with his coworker so we passed without any checks whatsoever. If you want to implement heavy security, it only makes sense to make it through-out the entire mall. I can’t imagine how slow it’s going to be entering the Avenues during rush hour if X-ray machines were everywhere.
From what I understood, two friends were both stabbed during a fight at 360 Mall and one of them ended up dying at the hospital. You can see the blood stains all over the floor. The reason behind the fight is not yet known, but I’m guessing it was over a parking lot or too much staring.
Is this becoming a norm? When a doctor was stabbed to death by a group of teenagers at the Avenues mall it shocked Kuwait and the world. So now there’s the same incident at another mall, are we going to have someone die in every mall in Kuwait eventually.
Let me list the statistics so I can change them periodically
Malls with people that got stabbed to death:
- The Avenues Mall
- 360 Mall
- Marina Mall (Crescent)
Malls that did not have people stabbed to death yet:
- Al Hamra Tower Mall
- Al Fanar Mall
- Souq Sharq Mall
- Al Kout Mall
- The Gates Mall
It feels like this is what The Avenues Mall is trying to tell people. That smoking is banned, but it’s okay if you do it quietly, we’ll even give you an ashtray while you’re at it. I was having lunch at Paul the other day sitting at a non-smoking table and right in front me was a guy smoking legally on his table. The smoke was stuffing my face, so what’s the point of a non-smoking section if I’m going to smell all the smoke anyway?
Why aren’t they completely separated with a ventilation system installed? It almost feels as if the people who set the regulations were mentally challenged, do they not know that smoke causes air pollution and everyone needs air to breath? Why do I have to go through this? Everyone complains Dubai is going forward and we’re going backwards, well here’s exactly why it’s happening. We can’t implement the basics in our own country when all the other countries moved on.
An estimated 42,000 non-smokers die every year due to 2nd hand smoking, let alone all the diseases caused and the fact that there’s 3rd hand smoking. Is this not enough to take the non-smoking in malls regulation seriously? To have restaurants actually not offer ashtrays in a mall that proudly claims it’s non-smoking, to have security approach smokers and politely ask them to stop smoking. It feels like this is too much to ask for when it should be the opposite.
The Avenues put a logo on their roof that’s so big it can be seen by Google Maps, you can also see it on a plane on your way back to Kuwait. What they didn’t keep in mind was how it will look on Google Maps, which didn’t turn out so well, it’s upside down. To see a close up on Google Maps of the logo click [here].