Surprise! A new restaurant complex is coming to Abu Hassani area, just when you thought we had enough, here comes one of the many heading our way. I was on the opposite side as I haven't quite figured out where the entrance is to the complex. The name of is 'The Lake' although I haven't heard of a Lake in Kuwait here is one now.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
The annual report of the World Tourism Organization said at the global level, 10 countries earned $655.9 billion in 2015, which is 43.73 percent of the total revenues. As for Arab countries, UAE topped the list during 2015 with $16.038 billion, which is 27.8 percent of the total Arab countries’ tourism revenue. Saudi Arabia was second with $10.130 billion, Lebanon third with $6.857 billion, Egypt fourth with $6.065 billion, Morocco fifth with $6.003 billion, Qatar sixth with $5.035 billion, Jordan seventh with $4.065 billion, Oman eighth with $1.540 billion, Tunisia ninth with $1.354 billion and Kuwait tenth with $499 million.
---Is that really surprising when majority of Kuwaiti citizens run off to another country as soon as a holiday is announced?
Thursday, August 25, 2016
I've been seeing all of these signs for 89 Mall (can't help laughing at the odd choice of a name) all over my area and now I know which one it is. This huge one being built close to The Gate Mall. I've seen it being built for months but never knew the name....89 Mall link. I could see at least five escalators so it should be a big one. According to their website it will house some name brand shops.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
According to the Wall Street Journal, the tallest roller coaster in the world is in New Jersey and operated by Six Flags while the world’s fastest roller coaster is in Abu Dhabi at Ferrari World.
“There will be rides that are bigger, better, faster, broader than any rides in the world,” John Odum, senior vice president of international park operations at Six Flags was quoted as saying.
Both Abu Dhabi and Dubai are encouraging the development of theme parks to help boost foreign tourist arrivals as oil prices slump, causing an economic slowdown in the region.
Six Flags operates approximately 20 theme and water parks in North America and has also signed an agreement with a private Ho Chi Minh City based company in March to open two parks in Vietnam.
Earlier this year, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum exempted Saudi Arabia from a GCC theme park deal, allowing the Gulf kingdom to pursue plans with Six Flags.
--I guess that means Entertainment City won't be turned into an awesome theme park, bummer!
It's that time of year for parents to dig deep down into their savings and pray they can cover the ever increasing cost of sending children to private schools. Children get a Burger King education on a Harvard payment plan...welcome to Kuwait! My last school fee (post) was in 2013 in which you compare the difference in the prices which will continue to increase annually.
UPDATE: These prices were taken off of the websites, it does not reflect the additional fees of transportation, uniforms, books or other costs associated with private schools.
American Baccalaureate School
American School of Kuwait (ASK)
Canadian Bilingual School
Global Bilingual Academy
Gulf British Academy
International British School
Kuwait International English School
New English School
The English Academy
These fees for American/British/Canadian are compared to the Indian/Pakistani school fees below, what a massive difference in fees! In all honesty I have visited the Fahaheel school and it was shocking to say the least but my main point is the school fees are less for those who are willing to do without all of the fancy amenities. Update: I visited the school over a year ago for those asking.
I do know that the testing standard for the Pakistani school is really difficult.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
(post) given a VIP card from Grand Cinemas which included free entrance for the blogger and their guest. I must say I put that card to work as you can see from the wear and tear and I will miss it. I would like to thank Grand Cinemas for choosing me as one of their recipients!
Sunday, August 21, 2016
The burkini, a wetsuit-like garment that covers the torso, limbs and head, has prompted growing national discussion in France about Islam and women’s bodies, even though it is only worn by a handful of Muslims. This weird swimwear raised heated debate in French society and calls for a ban on burkinis. It has received support by most French political classes because they see the burkinis have no place in a country whose motto celebrates equality and freedom, and this dress code has no place in French values, traditions or customs.
France’s Socialist prime minister expressed support for local bans, saying that the swimwear is based on the “enslavement of women” and therefore incompatible with French values. Three French Mediterranean towns have banned the garment on beaches this summer, citing security concerns after deadly extremist attacks throughout the year. Some have criticized the ban, saying it is a discriminatory decision and could inflame religious and social tensions. Some also expressed readiness to pay the €38 penalty against any woman who wears the burkini.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls expressed an opinion in an interview saying that this kind of swimwear is not compatible with the values of France, adding that he does not think a legislation is needed because general rules on clothing restrictions cannot be a solution.
I believe he is right. I keep wondering why any of those women are so desperate to go to the beach and attract public attention by wearing clothes that are alien to French society. If these women are so keen to swim, why do they not have their own pool in their private homes instead of making themselves a subject of security concern and attract public and media attention. I cannot see it as a matter of fashion or personal liberty.
It is known that French laws ban face-covering veils in public. France has lost a lot of innocent people because of terrorism. It is natural that when you cannot see the face of a person, you are concerned, especially in these circumstances. I do not know why some people insist on imposing their vision on countries that do not deprive them of religious practices and try to impose their views by force. France has the right to decide on matters for millions of its citizens and protect them.
By Muna Al-Fuzai