Welcome to my blog about Kuwait and other things I find interesting. If you have any questions about Kuwait or something I've posted contact me and I might be able to help you out. My goal is to let everyone know what Kuwait has to offer and if you have suggestions feel free to drop me an email. Fresh ideas, fashion and fun all found here in Kuwait.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Welcome to Kuwait- orientation from AWARE Center


These orientations are free of charge & provide an opportunity for newly arriving Westerners to meet the AWARE team & discover the many services designed to assist with cultural adjustment & settling comfortably in Kuwait. The Orientation is divided into 3 segments; which are: Segment 1) About AWARE: in this segment, we will talk about the AWARE Center & the activities that we offer & how these activities can help benefit the Western Expatriate to make their stay in Kuwait more comfortable. Segment 2) About the Local Culture: this segment is entitled “Know Thy Kuwaiti Neighbor”. In this segment, we will talk about Life in Kuwait & share some tips regarding socializing with the locals, their beliefs & values, safety tips, Culture Do’s & Don’ts, etiquette when visiting Kuwaiti Homes, & much more. Segment 3) Questions & Answers: in this segment, we will answer any questions that our audience may have related to the AWARE Center, Kuwait or the local culture. Dinner Buffet is included. If you wish to register for our Orientation, you are kindly requested to choose one date and email us: the selected date, your full name & expected number of guests to joumana@aware.com.kw TESTIMONIALS: “It was very informative & helpful. I enjoyed the presentation greatly.” - Martha Borden “Thank you for welcoming us & offering the helpful advice.” - Eileen Begley “Great informative! I really enjoyed learning about the culture from a native.” - Teresa Kovach

Dates: August 27 @ 7 pm, September 4 @ 7pm and September 10 @ 7 pm

Saudi girls flip SUV to escape Kidnapping

A 23-year-old Saudi girl, apparently influenced by action movies, succeeded in aborting an attempt by two men to kidnap her and her handicapped sister when she abruptly pulled the hand brake, causing the captors’ car to overturn.

The girl and her 20-year-old sister were walking to their home in the southern Jazan province when they were intercepted by the two men, who forced them into their car.

“On the way out of town, the elder sister jumped to the hand brake and pulled it up forcefully…the car, which was going at high speed, suddenly veered off the road and overturned,” the Arabic language daily newspaper ‘Ajel’ said.

It said passers-by managed to pull the four out of the car before calling the police, adding that one of the captors was arrested while the other fled.

'Influenced by action movies' - Seriously? I think she just did whatever she had to do to not be abducted. Good for her!

Monday, August 25, 2014

My childhood Toys

I received the box with my childhood toys and opening it up brought some memories flooding back. Pound Puppies, Garbage Pail Kids, Barbies, Matchbox cars, troll dolls, Lisa Frank stickers and Monchichis - the best toys of the 80's.

Matchbox car collection is my favorite toy, they were used and abused with love.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

How Russians do It

Amazing recovery!

Kuwaiti marriages high divorce Rate

Kuwaiti-to-Kuwaiti marriages register higher divorce rate 30,098 got married from 2009-2013
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 23: A recent report released by the Ministry of Justice indicated a total of 36,433 marriages and divorces among Kuwaiti citizens in the last five years from 2009-2013, reports Al-Anba daily.

The report indicated that 30,098 Kuwaitis married during this period while 6,335 of them divorced. It explained that 3,043 Kuwaiti men married non- Kuwaiti women during this period, adding that 2,593 of them still maintain the relationship while 450 of them have divorced. During this period, 1,779 Kuwaiti women married non-Kuwaitis out of which 1,399 of them still maintain the marriage while 380 of them have ended in divorce. It indicated that the divorce rate of 6,335 among Kuwaitis is much higher than the divorce rate of Kuwaiti men married to non-Kuwaiti women.

Kuwait was ranked third after Dubai and Doha in terms of living standards among the Arab cities based on valuation of stability, health care, culture, environment, education and infrastructure-as indicated in the economist magazine, reports Al-Qabas daily. Meanwhile, the Canadian Freezer Institute has classified Kuwait’s economic institution as sixth on the Arab level after Jordan, UAE, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain

Foreigners are not the reason for divorce or spinsterhood! That says a lot!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Different types of GCC dress for Men

Have you ever been in the Avenues and noticed the different types of clothing men wear? During the summer the 'thobe' (also called dishdasha and kandura) is usually white or light colors worn by Emirati and Omanis. I can spot the difference right away but I'm sure most expats really don't know there are so many differences.

We are used to seeing the Kuwaiti dress code as pictured below.
 The Qatari dress code is a little different, the texture of the thobe is a little shiny with an angled collar, cufflinks and their agal has a tassel (karkusha) hanging  from the end of it.
 I love the colors Omani men wear, they are so bright and stand out in a crowd and include a small tassel (furakha) hanging from the right shoulder. Some of the material used for their head covering (mussar) can be very expensive, they also wear a small hat (kuma) as well. Some of them wear a gold curved dagger (khanjar) around their waist, I love their style as white tends to be boring.
 Emirati men also love colors and are not afraid to wear every color of the rainbow, their 'kandura' has a tassel hanging down the middle. They have two different types of head covering, the long loose hanging one and then the wrap.
 Bahraini are similar to Kuwaiti dress but the thobe usually has a row of buttons down the front.
The Saudi men usually wear red/white ghutras with their collard thobes which tend to be a little tighter fitting.
A white t-shirt and long cotton pants are worn underneath the national dress except for UAE and Oman, instead of cotton pants they wear a cloth wrap (wizar) under their attire.
This is information gathered through experience and some Google help, photos are from Google, if you have anything you would like to add let me know.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Office Depot closing Down?

It looks like the Office Depot in Avenues is closing from the looks of the shelves. I guess there aren't too many people interested in American paperclips when they can get everything knockoff downtown for cheaper prices.

Another one down, another one down, another bites the dust.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Kuwait is now complying with the IRS!!!

I just received an 'important' call from NBK telling me they are complying with the IRS, all US citizens are required to bring their CID and passport to their branch within a week to sign paperwork for FACTA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act), in other words no more running from Uncle Sam!!! I wonder how many people will give up their US citizenship now?

Some quit US citizenship Concerns push FACTA to Assembly for approval
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 19: The Cabinet has decided to refer an agreement that it intends to sign with the US Treasury regarding Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FACTA), to the National Assembly for approval before it is applied because the agreement will largely impact the aspect of banking confidentiality and expose American citizens who hold dual citizenship, reports Al-Rai daily.

The American law, which came into effect few months ago, obligates banks and financial institutions to provide American authorities with the required information concerning American citizens and their accounts. This law will assist in exposing Kuwaiti citizens who hold American citizenship when the American authorities ask the banks for information regarding their accounts and transactions.
Earlier, Ministry of Finance had indicated its desire to sign the convention with the US Treasury, which will give Kuwaiti banks the legal opportunity to register with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) before the deadline of May 5, 2014 in order to avoid the heavy penalties that the American authorities will impose on the banks that do not cooperate with it.

According to the initial convention, the Kuwaiti banks are obligated to ask their clients if they hold American citizenship when they open bank accounts. These banks will then be responsible for the information they give when the American authorities ask about their clients. However, the recent convention, the conditions of which the Ministry of Finance is negotiating, has bigger and riskier obligations such as the banks’ compliance to FACTA in all other countries, which is why the government perceived the need to obtain approval from the National Assembly before signing it. Sources revealed that thousands of people gave up their American citizenship in order to avoid the FACTA law.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

AWARE Center- Hamad Al Fuzia museum Tour

Fee: KD 2 per person Opened by a Kuwaiti gentleman in his own home, this museum has an excellent collection of Kuwaiti antiques with a section of the museum dedicated to his relatives who died during the invasion of Kuwait. Join us as he recounts stories about Kuwait and about the antiques housed in the museum. Advance reservations required at joumana @ aware .com

August 25 @ 5pm

I wonder if they took this location from my blog post??? I hope so, it's a great museum owned by a sweet Kuwaiti man and his family, I wish everyone would visit even stop by just to say hello. It's free if you go on your own I guess the 2 KD is for transportation? You can follow him @hamedalfuzia