This isn’t the first time Alba has released watches with Kuwait flags on them, Alba is the Japanese brand Alba which is a sub-brand of Seiko. They have 4 watches in total right now and their prices range from 12.500 KD – 25 KD. The flag is subtle, you can still use the watch after February as a daily watch.[Link]
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.
I must say, Kuwait’s flag showing on Burj Khalifa looks way better than when it was shown on Wataniya’s building or Hamra Tower. Burj Khalifa displayed all the GCC flags, Bahrain looked the best. I’m still trying to find a better angle of the image, the one I’m showing was from Dubai’s drone camera.
Update: Here’s a better image via @lolwahalrshaid
Spotted these at a pharmacy yesterday and couldn’t help but think, who on earth would wear these on a daily basis. They might be relevant during the liberation days, in which no ones going to even notice them on you for the most part. I love how they have two supposedly Arabs pointing at the lens with sheer amusement.
This is pretty cool, the Japanese brand Alba which is a sub-brand of Seiko made a watches with the Kuwaiti flag and the towers, one on the left is obviously the female version and the one of the right is the male version. Both of them are on discount at X-Cite Store. The male watch is going for KD 14, female for KD 14.500.
Update: X-Cite changed the price, the male watch costs more now.
I was heading home yesterday when I hit heavy traffic because cops started blocking roads entering Qurtoba. When I asked they told me this was for practice. Guys started pouring in Qurtoba from every direction. Some people were holding the Kuwaiti flag with the color red replaced with orange. Took me around 30 – 40 minutes just to find a way to enter Qurtoba. I don’t mind protesting to get your voice heard but not at the expense of others.
Photo courtesy of Kuwait Times