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.

Kilshay Kuwaiti app برنامج كل شي للعروض اليومية و الخصومات

Kilshay app  Kilshay app 3  Kilshay app 2

Kilshay is a local app that groups daily flyers and shopping promotions in a single place. You can organize the info., picking only those that interest you.

This app is great for sorting through the tons of flyers, making sure you don’t miss a deal on something you want. It’s available on iTunes for free [link].

The M.O. Youth screws the youth عيب عليكم يا وزارة الشباب

 Fikra M.O. Youth Kuwait Japanese pop culture festival problem 2  Fikra M.O. Youth Kuwait Japanese pop culture festival problem

Kuwait had a Japanese Pop culture festival 10 days ago. It was held at Kuwait’s National Library, and was a smash hit.

The festival was organized by Fikra, a local company, with the help of other Kuwaiti youth. The Ambassador of Japan came to the event because of his prior relations to Fikra, and he was the one who supplied the venue through the Cultural council. While the M.O.Youth just sent an undersecretary, and that was the extent of the ministry’s involvement in thr festival.

Anyways, the M.O.Youth took credit of this hugely successful event, and claimed it organized the whole festival. Reducing the efforts of Fikra and friends to that of associates or volunteers. The ministry later half tried to correct this, slightly amending their claim to a more honest one.

The festival took months of hard work and expenses to get it organized successfully. Contacting people and businesses, getting the cubicles and booths setup, organizing the costume and anime contests and prizes, and getting the display objects. All that took a great deal of effort and money.

If this festival was in Dubai, it wold be the kind that gets the personal appearance of Sh. Mohammad Bin Rashid. But here in Kuwait, the Ministry shamelessly robs the efforts of the young youth instead of supporting them. Shame on you.

Japanese Popculture Festival مهرجان شبابي لثقافة البوب اليابانية

Japanese popculture event Kuwait

Japanese Pop Culture Festival in Kuwait this Thursday and Friday, at the National Library of Kuwait.

Sept. 12 and 13, from 6 pm.

The festival will hold  exciting and fun activities like: Anime Drawing, Figure Modeling, CosPlay contest (think Comicon), and Shadowloo showdown qualifiers (games listed below).

The festival is a must for all fans of Japanese Pop Culture, be anime or serious gaming. It’s a unique festival to have in Kuwait, a must see fun hip event for family and youth It definitely something new and fresh. It’s an official event is organized by Fikra Events, in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan and the M.O. Youth Affairs.

  • The games played will be : Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition ver. 2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and King of Fighters XIII.
  • First prize (three of them, one for each game) is an all expense paid trip (Hotel, Plane, and seed) to Melbourne, Australia to participate in Shadowloo Showdown 2013. 
  • Tickets for the qualifiers cost Kd 10, you can buy them from Bou Saleh Hobbies at Muthana Complex, Mezzanine 22405086  or from Fikra on 97603181.
  • Cash prizes will be offered to the top 3 winners in the Anime drawing and CosPlay competitions. Call 99211287 or 97603181 to participate in CosPlay.

بالتعاون مع وزارة الدولة لشئون الشباب و سفارة اليابان, تعلن (فكرة) عن المهرجان الياباني

(Japanese Pop Culture Festival)

الذي سيقام في المكتبة الوطنية في يوم الخميس و الجمعة 12 و 13 سبتمبر من الساعة 6 مساء

يتضمن المهرجان مسابقة رسمم (انيمي), مسابقة (كوسبلاي), مسابقة تركيب المجسمات, و بطولة العاب الفيديو

للمزيد من المعلومات الاتصال على 97603181 او تابعونا على موقع التواصل الاجتماعي

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube @FikraKW

The National Library is the huge beautiful building on Gulf Road, opposite Seif Palace and Amiri Diwan, just before Slider Station and Pizzeta [map].

Haa Designs collection launch at Harvey Nichols postponed

Haa design collection launch delay Harvey Nichols Kuwait

The launching of Haa Designs collection at Harvey Nichols, originally scheduled for tomorrow, has been postponed for a day till Monday July the 8th.

The delay is due to unforeseeable circumstances beyond their control.

Haa Designs Collection launch at Harvey Nichols

Haa Designs Collection at Harvey Nichols Kuwait

Update: The launch has been postponed to Monday July 8th due to uncontrolled circumstances.

Haa Design’s collection will be launched at Harvey Nichols this week, on Sunday July 7th from 9am-noon. Haa is a local Kuwaiti  fashion designer, and one of the best ones at the moment. Don’t miss a chance to get your hands on exclusive and classy designs.

Time Lapse Kuwait in Motion


بتقنية التايم لابس او «الفاصل الزمني» وبمناسبة الأعياد الوطنية انتشر على المدونات ومواقع التواصل الاجتماعي ڤيديو قصير تحت عنوان «الكويت فقط» من تصوير داود العلي وهو عبارة عن لقطات متميزة للكويت تم تصويرها في أبراج الكويت والمنطقة الحرة ومجمع مارينا مول وغيرها من الأماكن السياحية في الكويت.

Thanks RS for the post.

Unique paintings by local artist, Ahmad Al-Ghanim

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Update: When I said paintings, I didn’t mean oil and water color ones. These are digitally designed posters of art. Sorry for the confusion.

This selection of interesting paintings are done by a local Kuwaiti artist, named Ahmad Al-Ghanim. I found them at Thouq Shop in Mubarakiya area.

There’s a semi-big selection of medium and large paintings, all following the same amusing and witty vibrant-colored theme. My personal favorites are the Sheishaman, UmKalthoum, and the Kaifi painting. Prices are from KD 45-70, for the med and large ones respectively; and they’re come sold with thick frames.

The shop is filled with many other cute things, like locally designed T-shirts and sweatpants, bracelets, ashtrays, mugs, and some cool traditional Kuwaiti books. I’ll post about them soon.

You can find the shop in Mubarakiya area, in a tiny alley between the big and white Kuwait RE parking building and Sarareef St.

Thouq is widely known, and you should check out their online men style magazine. The shop itself is new, and was just recently opened a few days ago. You can also check them out on Twitter or Instagram for more details, or call on Tel. 65656560.

District Kuwait winter show today and tomorrow


حياكم الله في معرضنا الشتوي في جاليري ٢٢٠ مقابل مجمع الصالحية خلف فوشون يومي الثلاثاء والأربعاء الموافق ديسمبر ٤-٥ من ١٠صباحا إلى ١٠مساءا

District would like to invite you to view our winter collection of lovely bishts, clothes, accessories and much more. We are happy to announce that we have got pieces exclusively done for District from N by Najla Al Mishari, as well as new designers from London. Dec 4-5 at Gallery 220 Salhiya. 10 am – 10 pm.

More of their work on their instagram account.

Idea owners 3rd seminar ملتقى أصحاب الأفكار



You can register online or via phone, check the contact details in the picture.