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.

My day as a Tourist in Kuwait

Kuwait Towers

Fishing Pier Kuwait Sharq

It’s a long Eid holiday, so I thought of doing some touristy kind of stuff today.

  • I had a traditional Kuwait breakfast in Mubarakiya.
  • Went to the fishing pier on Gulf Rd.
  • And walked over to Kuwait Towers.

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Johnny Rockets home delivery service

Johnny Rockets New Wagyu Burger Menu 7

Just an update on Johnny Rockets home delivery service [old post]. Their delivery phone number is now 1-844-144. Not a totally new number, has been around so for a while now (in addition to their Salmiya branch # of 25754040, which is physically open 24/7).

You might not know this, but they offer a 24/7 home delivery service direct from them (in addition to their 6alabat delivery). Orders start from just Kd 2.5, with a half kd delivery charge. And it’s avaialable 24/7 every single day day of the year (Ramadan excluded).

Their new delivery # is 1-844-144.

Bon appetit.

Rules for using the road shoulder in Kuwait شلون تستعملون حارة الأمان

Rules of using the road shoulder in Kuwait

These are the latest rules for using the road shoulder or 7arat al2aman in Kuwait. It’s good as of Oct. 4th 2014. You can read all about it in Alqabas [here].

Rules for using the road shoulder (safety lane) in Kuwait:

- Left one only.

- And only if police cars are present.

- Right one still just for emergency services only.

- 45 km maximum speed.

- 6.30-9 am into the city & 12.30-3.30 pm out of the city.

- Specific instructions regarding our 3 main highways. – King Abdulaziz: from 3rd to 6th ring roads. – King Fahad (road 40): from 1st to 6th ring roads.

- King Faisal: from 4th to 6th ring roads.


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

The Kuwaiti film: Kan Refeeji فيلم كان رفيجي



Kan Refeeji is a new Kuwaiti film, and it will be shown in cinemas around Kuwait in Eid. I don’t know what the story is about, but it’s got a nostalgic feeling about it. It showed stuff from the 80’s, the actors soft spoken, and it looks like it has a good (or at least a lesson-worthy) ending.

Sexist much?

Anti Corruption Agency

I’m pretty sure this is sexist. Add it to the ever expanding list of unconstitutional stuff you have to fight in Kuwait.

This is how Americans do politics

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Julia Louise-Dreyfus killed it at the White House Correspondents dinner. She had lots of politicians with her: the US VP (getting a #45 tattoo, like in the next 45th president of the United States), the first lady (eating ice cream, saying raisons are fruit and fruits are healthy), speaker of the house (their version of our Marzouq, he’s the guy watching pandas on tv), and the minority leader (lady in red). Watching this video makes you want to go and vote for all of them. They were all stars.

It’s the exact opposite of what Marzouq’s interview did last night [here and other here]. His interview made him look spiteful and petty, so unbecoming of his position as the 2nd most important man in Kuwait after the Emir. Someone who is supposed to be a main force of neutrality between disputing MPs or the between the parliament and the government, and a force in the face of major crises. The way he went on and on over Musallam Al-Barrak  reminds you of a high school kid, outcasted by his mates, running to his teachers with lies and telltales, to make him look all powerful and important. That’s not how you do it in politics Marzouq. Very unsmart and so unprofessional of him. He really showed that he doesn’t deserve that position.

Now back to this video. Loved how she made fun of The House of Cards. She nailed Kevin Spacey spot on. Seriously, if you haven’t watched that show, go right now and do it.