Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Kuwaiti run Over

My mom lives in apartments in a house owned by a Kuwaiti family, she told me the owner who was walking back to the house from the masjid last night which is located on the side of the house was run over. As he was walking back across the dirt lot he saw a guy stealing some of the items he bought for fixing up his house and confronted the guy who got in his truck and ran him over breaking his foot and leg. Violence in Kuwait is getting more and more prevalent these days because no one is scared of the law and most people are let go with a slap on the wrist.

Tour- Bait Al Othman from AWARE Center

Inaugurated by the Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, on April 8, 2013, this Museum hosts rare historical items & antiques for old Kuwaiti houses. Decorating the walls of its Art Gallery are paintings & belongings of Kuwaiti Artists. There are also the crafts & Kuwaiti dhow models on display. Limited Seats. Advance reservations required at joumana@aware.com.kw, Fee: KD 2 per person,Children below 14 years & Pets are not allowed.

This is my favorite museum of all time, you can check out my post about it. It's in Hawally for those who don't want to go with a tour group.

Date: April 20, 2015
Time: 5:30 pm
Register: joumana@aware.com.kw
Fee: 2 KD

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Kuwait budget deficit coming Soon?

Kuwait’s budget surplus shrunk by a whopping 50 percent during the 2014-15 fiscal year, falling to KD8.3 billion ($27.45 billion), according to an independent study by the Kuwaiti Institute of Banking Studies (KIBS).

Gross domestic product also declined by 6.3 percent during the year, which ended March 31, the institute said, according to state media news agency KUNA.

The 2014-15 surplus, equivalent to 18.1 percent of GDP, fell from KD12.9 billion, or 26.3 percent of GDP, during 2013-14, the study found.

Despite the country’s declining reserves and the significant fall in oil revenues, which account for about 92 percent of Kuwait’s revenues, government spending was likely to “remain largely unaffected” during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 fiscal years.

“Over the past 20 years, year-over-year changes in government spending have remained largely insensitive to annual changes in the average Brent oil price,” the report says.
The institute predicts Kuwait could record its first deficit in nearly 20 years during the 2015-16 fiscal year.
“Were the government to spend KD21bn in 2015/16 (an increase of 4.5 percent over our 2014/15 forecast) and the Brent oil price to average $60 per barrel, we estimate GDP would be KD38.8 billion (a decline of 15 percent from our 2014/15 forecast), and that the government would run a small and entirely manageable fiscal deficit of 2.6 percent of GDP,” the KIBS said.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) also has warned Kuwait risks recording a deficit by 2017, although that forecast could be brought forward following the decline in the oil price.

Seems like the right time to start looking into all of the missing money people have stolen, collect outstanding debts and stop spending on projects that don't bring revenue to the country. Time to tap into Kuwait tourism.

eMall Kuwait

After seeing so many pictures on IG from various bloggers I had to check out the mall for myself. Not much there, a few scattered coffee shops, a 'Social Club' which were located on the first floor. The second floor had almost every name brand imaginable which was great for those who hate having to go to different malls to get what they want. The whole place is anchored on Eureka and on the third floor there are some gyms. 



This must be the place where most of the pictures were taken at night which made the mall seem like a cool place to go. I wonder if this is where they have that melting chocolate ball dessert? Security detectors and red velvet ropes, where's the red carpet?
 This climbing wall was scary as hell, I took the picture from the first floor. It's a weird corner location and if you fall you will hit the bottom floor.





It was ok but didn't have the 'wow' factor, I guess it's posh for Hawally. It's located in front of the Sultan Center and I think there is basement parking although I parked in TSC parking lot.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Aladdin House Tour- AWARE Center

The Arabs are a proud and sensitive people whose culture is mainly derived from family, religion and language. It is considered a great honor to be invited into the home of the locals and this tour offers a great opportunity to have a look from the inside of a truly unique Kuwaiti house. Children below 14 years and  Pets are not allowed. This tour is open for 15 guests only by request of the House Owner. Advance registration is required through joumana@aware.com.kw Fee: KD 2 per person BUS TRANSPORTATION ONLY!


Date: April 18, 2015
Time: 9 am
Register: joumana@aware.com
Fee: 2 KD

For more information check out my trip post here.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Acura NSX- will it come to Kuwait?

After what seems like years upon years, and concepts upon concepts, we finally have a new, real, Acura NSX. And it’s Japan’s answer to the future of speed! Sporting three electric motors and one twin turbo v6 internal combustion engine, combined power output is said to exceed 550hp. story link

I wonder if Acura Kuwait will be bringing this bad boy any time soon?

Tenants receive KD 5,500

Tenants Receive KD 5,500 Comp Over Deliberate Power, Water Cut

KUWAIT CITY, April 11: The Court of Appeals has instructed a Kuwaiti real estate owner to pay KD 5,500 compensation to a Kuwaiti family for deliberately cutting electricity and water from the apartment they were renting in a building in Al-Riq’ee.

Attorney Abdul Aziz Al- Banwan, lawyer for the Kuwaiti family, demanded KD10,000 compensation for the damages they suffered due to the disconnection of electricity and water from the apartment. Case files indicate the family rented an apartment in a building owned by the defendant in Riq’ee for KD 250 a month but they were surprised when the latter cut power and water supply without legal justification. The owner also refused to abide by the judicial ruling to restore electricity and water supply.

The real estate owner allegedly disconnected power and water supply to force the family to vacate the apartment although their rent contract is still valid. The owner’s action left the family with no option but to vacate the apartment after enduring the hot weather while the children got sick. Previously, the Court of First Instance obliged the owner to pay KD 2,800 compensation to the family, but Al-Banwan filed an appeal demanding for more. The Appeals Court ruled in favor of the plaintiff and ordered the defendant to pay KD 5,500 compensation.

I hope this is a lesson for all building owners and maybe now people won't be afraid to sue when they are taken advantage of.