The demolition of Kuwait Airways Headquarters

Kuwait Airways building demolition

The old (and semi-historic, because it was built on 9/7/1974) Kuwait Airways building on the corner of Fahad Al-Salem St. has begun its demolition phase.

This pic [link] is of the 1st demolition phase, and it was taken by Mr. AbdulMajeed Al-Shatti. He’s an avid amateur and enthusiastic local photographer. I got it off his FB page (he’s a friend, so I think it’ll be cool with him).

Since this is Kuwaiti related and poses some historic significance, I emailed Mark about it (I thought it would interest him). I also added that I didn’t know what the future designs look like. Turns out that he has posted about the new (ugly) designs already [link].

We both (I think) agreed that the new designs are NOT an improvement. What a shocker. How was this monstrosity ever allowed in Kuwait?! But wait. Hold on. Yep. that sounds about right. You can bet your very last dollar, that (almost) everything redesigned in Kuwait nowadays will get worse and uglier.

I personally know this building very well, it holds tremendous sentimental value for me. It was where I tried booking a plane out of Kuwait (and back to my studies in London), after our liberation from the Iraqi invasion in ’91… But I think I ended up leaving on BA and not KA, on the first commercial flight out of Kuwait (something like May 2nd 1991).

Anyways, this is how the Kuwait Airways H.Q. building looked like after the Iraqi invasion; alongside a rendition of its new design (supplied by Mark).

Kuwait Airways Burned damned Iraqi invasion  Kuwait Airways new H.Q.

Page one of AlQabas on August 2nd 1990 vs today

AlQabas Newspaper August 2 1990 page one

AlQabas newspaper Kuwait August 2 2014Today is the 24th anniversary of the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait. This fact does not show on page one of AlQabas newspaper today. The worst thing that has ever happened to Kuwait is not even mentioned on its first page. And we wonder why the new generation lacks emotion towards or understanding of the invasion?

Heartbreaking Iraqi Invasion Videos فيديوات تعور القلب عن الغزو العراقي للكويت

 

كلمة الشيخ جابر و دمعته بالأمم المتحدة أثناء الغزو

 

دموع الشعب الكويتي أثناء الغزو

 

أسرار القبندي، إحدى شهدائنا الأبطال…  إقروا عنها في جريدة العرب تايمز

On January 14, 1991, Asrar Al-Qabandi was murdered. She was shot five times — four bullets to her chest and the fifth bullet between her eyes, and her head sliced in two by an axe as her body dumped in front of her family’s home by the Iraqi’s. This was the fate of one of the braveset women of Kuwait… of the world. She saved hundreds of Kuwaiti’s during the Gulf War, and came back to Kuwait to save more lives even though she knew the Iraqi’s had found out what she had done. This woman has been dead exactly 19 years. And this is the least we can do in saluting the woman who had died saving lives.

Some of her other victories include smuggling weapons from Basra to Kuwait, money and more weapons from Saudi Arabia, single-handedly destroying the monitored telephones and communications set up by the Iraqis, providing targeted Kuwaitis with new ID’s to protect them from harm, providing foreign families with food and money, and taking care of 65 foreign hostages, risking a guaranteed execution.

ماراح ننسى ولا راح نغفر خيانة العراق

 

حبيت أذكركم ترى اليوم ذكرى الغزو العراقي

Kuwait Flag

وطني الكويت سلمت للمجد و على جبينك طالع السعد

اليوم الثاني من أغسطس، ذكرى الغزو العراقي لبلدنا الكويت

ان الذكرى تنفع المؤمنين، و المسلم ما يلدغ من نفس الجحر مرتين

العراق مايتوب و الكويت لازم تتحرص من هالجيران الخونة

والله يرحم شهدائنا و يغمد أرواحهم الجنة، و يفك أسر أسرانا و يطمن قلوب أهاليهم

Remembering our Martyrs لن ننسى شهداءنا

Kuwait Martyrs from Iraqi Invasion MosaicOn this day as we celebrate our National & Liberation days, we must remember our martyrs. They gave their lives defending our country, fighting the invasion, and liberating Kuwait.

Click the pic for a larger view. Pic credit: Dirar Al-Fedala.

 

On January 14, 1991, Asrar Al-Qabandi was murdered. She was shot five times — four bullets to her chest and the fifth bullet between her eyes, and her head sliced in two by an axe as her body dumped in front of her family’s home by the Iraqi’s. This was the fate of one of the braveset women of Kuwait… of the world. She saved hundreds of Kuwaiti’s during the Gulf War, and came back to Kuwait to save more lives even though she knew the Iraqi’s had found out what she had done. This woman has been dead exactly 19 years. And this is the least we can do in saluting the woman who had died saving lives.

Some of her other victories include smuggling weapons from Basra to Kuwait, money and more weapons from Saudi Arabia, single-handedly destroying the monitored telephones and communications set up by the Iraqis, providing targeted Kuwaitis with new ID’s to protect them from harm, providing foreign families with food and money, and taking care of 65 foreign hostages, risking a guaranteed execution.

 

Short film about the martyrs of Kuwait and significant moments in our country’s history. Aired on Al Watan TV, Al Rai TV and in all Cinescape movie theaters for the August 2nd memorial day.

How to make a Facebook Look Back video

 

I know Facebook is so outdated right now, but they have introduced a cool new thing called Look Back video. It’s a short one minute video of your life time on Facebook. It’s pretty nice to watch, very nostalgic. And it’s super easy to make, it’s actually already made for you. Just go to this [link] to watch your video.

Note: The videos are only available for one month, so save or record yours before the time is up. 

Photo of Young Sh. Jaber & Sh. Sabah صورة قديمة للشيخ جابر و الشيخ صباح

Young Sh. Jaber w Sh. Sabah

Here’s a picture of Sh. Jaber and Sh. Sabah, taken with Murad Behbehani. I don’t know how old the picture is, but my guess is it’s probably 50 years old. All three men look dashing, especially Sh. Sabah in this pic. Kuwaitis really do have style.

Sh. Jaber just got handsomer and handsomer with age, God rest his soul. By the tim he became Emir, he was the best looking man out there. He was truly handsome.

Pic [credit].

Link to Kuwait’s reports on WikiLeaks رابط تقارير الكويت على ويكيليكس

Kuwait on WikiLeaks

There are almost 4,000 reports on Kuwait at WikiLeaks, this is the link to all of them [link].

The confidential reports are written by the American Embassy in Kuwait, and cover periods from 1985 to 2010. They include detailed reports for events like the Iraqi invasion, Sept. 11, and transfer of power to Sh. Shabah. They also include thoroughly written reports on the general political climate, both regarding Al-Sabah family and on the Council of Ministers.

The link lists the reports by date, and includes a short topic headline. You don’t have to go through the whole 75 pages, the headline makes it easy to find what you’re looking for.

[Link to Kuwait on WikiLeaks]

The life of 90’s kids

 

This is a cute Microsoft Explorer commercial, very spot on. They captured the lives of the 90’s kids perfectly. I’m getting so nostalgic about the 90’s, even though I wasn’t a kid then anymore.

Orange Crush is back

  

  

Fatburger are brining Orange Crush back to us.

Crush, both the cola and orange flavors, used to rule the soda market in Kuwait back in the 70’s and 80’s. They went head to head with Pepsi and Miranda at the time. The ionic Crush bottle was recognized more than coke’s iconic bottle back then, because coke was banned in Kuwait back in those days.

Fatburger sells the 355 ml bottle for one kd, or an extra 350 fils to your meal instead of regular soda.