I’m Invited to Dasman School’s National Day

I’m invited to Dasman Model School’s National Day, on Tuesday Feb 22nd, by one of my young readers who goes to the school. Thx Nour M. for this special invite.

Pics taken from Dasman’s website.

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Prince William’s Wedding Invitation

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Check out VIVA’s new Kuwait’s National Celebration Commercials

VIVA-Kuwait has come up with 5 short patriotic commercials to celebrtae Kuwait’s natioanl celebrations, emphasizing the great Kuwaiti traditions of respect, kindness, and solidarity. There are a total of 5 videos, each of them is short and sweet.

قامت فيفا-الكويت بعمل ٥ دعايات وطنية جميلة مشاركة منها في احتفالات الكويت الوطنية، و كل من هالدعايات تكرس قيم كويتية قديمة و جميلة… شوفوهم كلهم، الأفلام قصيرة و تحسسكم بالفخر

This is my favorite, it made me feel so proud.

This is also another video that I love so much.

بمناسبة حلول الذكرى الخمسين للعيد الوطني والعشرين لعيد التحرير، اطلقت شركة الإتصالات الكويتية  VIVA  وتزامناً مع هذه المناسبة العزيزة على قلوب الكل ، حملة “هذا الكويتي”  حيث ستتطرق الحملة ومن خلال إعلانات توعية إلى مفاهيم نابعة من القيم الأخلاقية المتأصلة من المجتمع الكويتي وهي : الإحترام، الفزعة، التجانس، حب الوطن، التواصل، حيث ان هذه الصفات كانت بالمجتمع الكويتي و لا تزال.

تهدف  VIVAمن خلال هذه الحملة إلى بث الروح الوطنية والترويج عن القيم الأخلاقية الشائعة في المجتمع الكويتي منذ الأزل ورفع المعنويات وتعزيز إيمان الكويتيين  بوطنهم وبمجتمعهم، حيث أنها تحتوي على رسائل مباشرة وبسيطة بعيدة عن أسلوب الإرشاد والنصح المعتاد.

شارك في هذه الحملة كل من الشاعر الكبير بدر بورسلي والفنانة القديرة سعادعبدالله، الذين ساهموا من خلال أصواتهم و بشكل تطوعي من غير أي مقابل ولأول مرة خلال مسيرتهم الفنية التي امتدت لأكثر من 50 عام، وذلك لما تحمله هذه الإعلانات من قيم نبيلة ووطني.

Coinciding with Kuwait’s 50th National Day and 20th Liberation Day anniversary, VIVA launched a national campaign titled “This is Kuwait “or “Hatha Al Kuwaiti” where selected Kuwaiti traditional values are addressed through TVCs about: Respect, Care, Harmony, Nationalism, and Communication, which represent the essence of  the Kuwaiti society.

VIVA aims from this campaign to spread national spirit, and promote some of Kuwait’s ethical values that have been around for many years, and to raise the spirit and strengthen the faith of Kuwaitis in their homeland and society through direct messages, away from typical guidance.

The campaign was enriched by the participation of well-known Kuwaiti figures like the honorable artist, Souad Al Abdullah and the great poet, Bader Bouresli, who have voluntarily contributed through their voices for the first time in their careers that spanned over than 50 years, due to the sense of noble and patriotic purpose of the TVCs.

Thank you Abdulrazzaq Al-Shammali from VIVA-Kuwait for the links.

Roof Top Pool of the Pullman Hotel Dubai

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While in Dubai last week, we stayed at the Pullman Hotel in Mall of Emirates.

It’s a new 4 star hotel that has just opened up a few months ago, and it has direct access to the mall, just like the mall’s other hotel, the Kempinski. The Pullman was a very comfortable hotel. It’s directly linked to the Mall and to the Metro station. You’ve got a food court right below the mall exit of the hotel, and  you’ve got a cute 24-hour cafe and panoramic view balcony.

I went to the rooftop pool, and took a few pictures. I thought of sharing them with you. This hotel’s view is the best in the area, since it’s the highest building there, and has panoramic views of the whole of Jumeirah, in addition to horizon views of Burj Khaleefa area.

You can also check out the Pullman’s beautiful breakfast view.

A Night of Culture in Dubai: West End Class Musicals

While we were in Dubai a few days ago, we went to see a musical called “The Three Phantoms“, at the Centre Point theatre in the Mall of the Emirates. The musical of part of the 2011/2011 DUCTAC season.

The musical is about the amazing music of  the different play versions of “The Phantom”, but mostly Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” successful version that has been playing in both Broadway and the West End for more than 25 years.

The music and songs and standards were more than amazing, it’s exactly what you would expect from a highly successful West End or a Broadway show. This was not an amateur performance, but rather felt more like a private VIP show of the best musical Theatre actors in the world.

  • The three actors have previously played the real Phantom in Andrew lloyd Weber’s London show, and have clocked more than 6,000 performances between the three of them.
  • The actress has just finished playing Christine, the Phantom’s love interest, after doing so for the past two years in Weber’s London show.
  • The Musician who played all of the music for us was the same one Musical Director of Weber’s London play, for more than three years.

We weren’t allowed to take photos, but I managed to get a sneak at the curtains, before the show starts. I also noticed that one of the chairs in the theatre was donated by none other than our local Kuwait Food Company (Americana). That made me feel sad to realize that Kuwaiti companies do actually know how to support arts of international standards, but are too selfish to do that in Kuwait.

Check out the Golden Piano. It was the star of the night. And for once, I’m not going to make fun of Dubai’s superficial fascination with gold. This night was Gold, the beautiful performances deserved the Gold Piano.

This was my first time at this kind of event in Dubai. But from what I’ve seen this night, I’m always going to check out performances and book tickets every time I’m in Dubai again.

Tickets were between Dh 120-250, which is basically KD 10-20 for both a top notch theatre and performance. Maybe now you can understand why I was complaining about the KD 75 Abracadabra magic show that’s coming to the Skating Rink next weekend.