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.

Traditional Kuwaiti breakfast Mubarakiya Kuwait   Mubarakiya restaurants Kuwait 2

Winter in Alaska

These are a few of the things you can do in Alaska in winter:

  • See the spectacular Northern Lights.
  • Go snowmobiling and skiing.
  • Go on a sledge dog ride.
  • See amazing ice sculptures.
  • Go to the North Pole and the Arctic Circle.
  • Go to Santa’s village in the North Pole.

Click on the pics to make them bigger and view them as a slideshow.

Pic credit [Ronn Murray] and [Fairbanks winter guide].

No more Schengen Visa for Emiratis in all the EU

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Emiratis can now visit all EU countries without a Schengen visa [Aljareeda]. The decision will be approved by the EU Parliament and go into effect mid next year.

Kuwait still has the strongest Arabic passport, which allows you to enter the most number of countries without a  visa. But to be able to visit the EU without a visa, now that trumps our tough passport any day of the week. And twice on Sunday!

Some countries like the UK and Spain do exempt Kuwaitis, but only for special and diplomatic passport holders. Regular Kuwaitis still have to wait in line, apply in person, get bio-metriced, pay huge fees, get approved (or denied), and be questioned for hours at entry points.

Foreign embassies and countries are taking this visa thing too far. One Kuwaiti has been waiting for his student visa from the US for more than a year now, tried the UK but got declined, and is now considering studying in Australia. If you think this is normal and expected for young males, then how about an NBK board member who had his US visa application declined and had to miss his son’s graduation. There are many sorry stories like this, belonging to legitimate Kuwaitis who don’t deserve this low kind of treatment. We’re not immigrants, and we’re not unknowns. The M.O. of Foreign Affairs has to work better and harder, and start standing up for us.

I had a fascinating incident a couple of years ago, and would not wish to have a repeat. And I also remember the days when we used to get visas upon entry, to the UK and  other European countries. They truly were Kuwait’s golden days.

A member of the EU parliament told KUNA that this decision can open doors for other countries, like Kuwait, to request the same treatment. So at least that’s something to look forward to. But do you think Kuwait will make a request? I honestly don’t think so. The MOFA doesn’t care about regular people, only about special and diplomat passports.

Yay to the UAE on this wonderful development, but damn shame for Kuwait. We are falling behind everyone in everything. Oh how painful the mighty have fallen. I will end this post with “God Bless Kuwait”.

Things to do in Kuwait: Boat and fishing trip rentals

Boat fishing trip rentals kuwait

If you ever want to rent a boat for the day or go fishing in Kuwait, then this site is for you. FishFishME offers boat rentals and fishing trips for Kuwait and the GCC. Each boat comes with its own experienced driver, and they range from 25 footers to 33. You can rent the boats either from Kuwait City (at souq sharq) or from Khairan.

Their prices are very reasonable, starting from KD 25 for a 25 foot boat that carries up to 4 people to Kd 80 for a 33 footer that accommodates up to 12. Trips last 6 hours, and can be booked either for a morning or an evening tour. You can use the boats to go fishing, cruise the sea, or visit Kuwaiti islands.

Booking have to be made in advance. You can check out their site for more details on how to book or call Abdullah on Tel. 67665606.

How to get a mobile internet data line in the USA for your phone

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I’ve been in the US for a week now, and the first thing I needed here was Internet on my phone. We went to all three major mobile phone companies, and most don’t have prepaid Internet lines. Our only and beat option was AT&T’s GoPhone plans. I got a one month unlimited local calls and texts (including Mexico and Canada) for $50, and then added unlimited one month data (which I also use as a wireless hub for my both my Kuwaiti line iPhone and laptops) for just $25 extra. The process is easy simple, and takes 15 minutes at any of their branches.

There are cheaper options too, like just add $10 for a 1GB 1 month plan. The connection is way faster than ours for phone Internet, and almost snappy for laptop use. So if you’re ever in the US and need Internet on your phone, then just get this from AT&T.

Quick trip to Dubai

Fairmont hotel Palm Jumeirah Dubai

Fairmont Palm Jumeirah Dubai

Alsoor travel agency Kuwait

NBK Travel insurane

I’m leaving to Dubai for some urgent business, it was something that came up at the last minute. I usually book my flights and hotels online, but I didn’t have time today to sit still and work on a laptop.

Since I was already in Salhiya complex, I decided to use a nearby travel agents, which also happens to be one of my old favorite travel agents: Al-Soor Travels. I went in their office, told them the details, and was out with Emirates tickets and hotel booking in hand less than 10 minutes later.

This time, I’m going to stay at the Fairmont, Palm Jumeirah. I haven’t been there before, and the only other time I Stayed at the Palm was at Atlantis. But since I couldn’t find any booking with the Jumeirah group, my favorites, I thought the Fairmont would be a good alternative.

Al-Soor Travels are perfectly located in Kuwait City, close to Salhiya complex and Opera. They’re adjacent to Salhiya cemetery, and you enter their entrance from Al-Soor street, at the corner of NBK’s branch there.

Note: I bought my tickets using my NBK World Master card. If you didn’t know this already, NBK offers you free travel insurance (including baggage delay and lose) if you buy the tickets using their credit cards. It’s an awesome service, and they do it in collaboration with Al-Ahlia insurance.

Madinat Jumeirah’s expansion pictures صور توسعة مدينة جميرا

Madinat Jumeirah Dubai is expanding. The resort city best known for Al-Qasr and Dar Al-Masyaf hotels is expanding through its phase 4 plans.

Phase 4’s cost is around Dh. 2.5 billion and should complete before the end of 2015. The expansion will add the following:

  • Luxurious 5 star 420 room hotel.
  • A complex of villas, run by Jumeirah Living.
  • Retail stores.
  • A pedestrian area.

Madinate Jumeirah is a very beautiful and luxurious resort. All of its three hotels are top class and unique, its water canals and traditional dhows add a beautiful air of tradition and culture, its 6-senses spa is one of the best in the world, and its restaurants and bars are popular and always crowded.

Madinate Jumeirah truly is an impressive and relaxing resort that guarantees you a perfect vacation without ever having to leave its gates. The new expansion is sure to continue this tradition of top luxury and world best facilities.

[Pics source].

Jazeera Airways 3eed offers عروض الجزيرة لعيد الفطر

Train Your Kids with Man City FC in AbuDhabi

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Manchester City School of Football
5 days of high level football coaching

SPECIAL OFFER: Under 12’s fly, eat and stay free*.

Enroll your children at the Manchester City School of Football for an experience of playing at a higher level, featuring the philosophy and training program of the Manchester City Academy and the best coaching for 5-14 year olds from top MCFC coaches.

We’ve made it a holiday for the family where you can enjoy the best that Abu Dhabi has on offer while your children practice their skills on the field. And their trip is absolutely free*!

Coaching Details

Five x 75 minute football sessions from top MCFC coaches
Dates: 8-12 July or 15-19 July
Timing: 16:45 – 18:00 or 18:15 – 19:30
Location: AD Sport Games, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC)

Coaching Themes

Sunday: Yaya Toure’s Ball Familiarity
Monday: Samir Nasri’s Dribbling/Running with the ball
Tuesday: Mario Balotelli’s Tricks and Turns
Wednesday: Kun Aguero’s Attacking and Finishing
Thursday: Tournament

Holiday Package includes:

Return Coral Economy Class flights to Abu Dhabi
5 nights in a double room at the Aloft Hotel 4*

– Buffet breakfast in Dine restaurant
– 2 pieces of laundry per person per day
– Wi-fi internet access throughout the hotel
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi tickets for 1 adult and 1 child
5-day football coaching session for 1 child

– Exclusive free t-shirt for all participants
Price per adult including one child Kuwait $1,550

Summer in AbuDhabi صيًف في أبوظبي

If you’re planning on a short summer vacation, somewhere close by, then AbuDhabi might be a great new destination for you.

AbuDhabi Tourism are offering several packages to attract you to spend your summer at their city; including complimentary hotel rooms for the kids, free Etihad tickets, and a bunch of world class fun activities. Between now and Sept. 15, you can enjoy a host of benefits, including the following:

  • Pay for one room and get the another one free of charge for the kids, at any of 50 hotels (including super lux hotels like Emirates Palace and St. Regis and The Fairmount).
  • Fly on Etihad Airways, and get a free kids ticket for every paying adult.
  • Enjoy fun activities like Ice Age Village, Lost City Adventure (telematch style games), Stunt Clown Academy, and Ferrari World. Check this [link] for the whole list of activities.

Here’s the [link] to the Summer in AbuDhabi site, which also includes a short brochure of everything on [offer].