Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Yard Kuwait

As a supporter of Kuwaiti entrepreneurs, here we have the story of how The Yard Kuwait was created.

--Danah and Ala’a both realized a lack of product diversity the Kuwait market offered back
in 2010. Looking to remedy this and capitalize on an opportunity, they took a leap of
faith and founded The Yard, an online concept shop geared toward giving customers a
selection of unique products and a different kind of shopping experience.

Not wanting to focus on any one product category over the other, they decided to
incorporate a little bit of everything. Passion for art and functionality spurred the creation
their innovative product line which successfully combines the two. Customers can find
anything from stylish clothing and home accessories to furniture and intricate jewelry.
With a fast growing customer base, in 2011 they collaborated with a local restaurant in
Kuwait City and their storefront shop, Q at The Yard, was born. Taking the form of a
lifestyle cafe and shop, Q at The Yard is a multifaceted floor space with which they
display products, grow the brand, and provide customers with a tasty bite to eat during
their visit. The store easily stood out among surrounding retail venues by combining
creative visual flair with a retail and food aspect.

In 2016, they brought to life another unique concept store in AlShaheed Park, The
Reading Room, which also doubles as a peaceful gathering place for people passing
through. Beautiful scenic views of the park through full-length windows creates a
calming openness that compliments the extensive diversity of products offered at this
location. Customers can stop in to shop, or just relax in the inviting atmosphere created
by the store's artful design.

The founders always stay true to their original concept and offer a home to unusual
products that don’t quite fit in anywhere else.They keep the constant influx of innovative
items flowing with regularly held showcase events and in-store displays. It’s this
willingness to collaborate with designers who share their love of unique crafts that
continually drives the brand in a positive direction.

They also work internationally with designers that create custom items for their store to
keep a diverse inventory of products. While the majority of these designer products only
come in a limited supply, it helps to make each piece more special for the customer,
creating an admiration and appreciation for the brand.

Introducing the local market to their concept brought in a refreshing change that has
been welcomed with open arms by designers and customers alike. Between creating
their own items and supporting the work of other young local designers with featuring
displays in their stores, Danah and Ala’a always have their hands full. The founders are
constantly working to keep the brand churning with new products on rotation regularly
and collaborations that bring in fresh ideas.

Their success serves as a compelling and inspiring story for other entrepreneurs hoping
to create unique businesses that venture into new territory. Whether you’re looking to
have some of your work featured or simply shopping for some crafty products that stand
out and offer fun innovation, The Yard is an open door.--

More information about The Yard:

Q at the Yard
Jaber Al Mubarak St, Sharq, Opposite Dasman Complex, Kuwait
T:22495067/8

The Reading Room by The Yard
Al Shaheed Park, Visitor Center, Al Soor St, Sharq Kuwait
T:55963606/22461240

info@theyard-kw.com
Online Shop: www.theyard-kw.com
IG @qattheyard

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Woman beats husband's secret Wife

KUWAIT CITY, June 11: When a Kuwaiti woman accidentally discovered that her husband is married to another expat woman she reportedly went to the apartment of the second wife and beat her, reports Al-Rai daily. A security source said this was discovered when a Kuwaiti woman, the first wife ordered a meal from the restaurant and gave the address and telephone number of her husband.
Since the husband was accustomed to ordering the food from the same restaurant when he was with his new wife, the restaurant employee told her the telephone number is correct but they have a different address registered under this number. The first wife asked for the address, noted it down and went to the apartment and knocked on the door. When the woman answered, she asked for who the apartment belongs to, and when she said it belongs to her husband and said she got married to the man eight months ago. She told the woman the man met her in a shop where she was selling perfumes, fell in love with her and they got married. The first wife got furious and beat the second wife. Both wives are held at the police station for fighting and the husband has been summoned to solve the ‘mystery’.

---Doesn't everyone know the game of call Pizza Hut to find out where someone lives? Come on guys, you have to be smarter than that!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Qatar crisis

GCC citizens impacted by diplomatic crisis
DOHA, June 11, (AFP): Rashed al-Jalahma, 22, has lived almost his whole life in Qatar, but he now faces the decision of whether to stay or return “home” to Bahrain. The aeronautical engineer student is one of thousands of “Khaleejis” — Gulf citizens — impacted by a diplomatic crisis which has split the region, and the human cost of which is just beginning to show.

“The people have nothing to do with this, it’s irrational,” Rashed told AFP. “Home is where your heart is and I certainly believe Qatar is where my heart is. It’s my home.” Rashed has only visited Bahrain four times in his life. He was born to a mixed couple: his father is Bahraini and his mother a Qatari but the couple split up when Rashed was six. The young Bahraini national has lived all of his life with his mother and two sisters in Doha.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and other allies severed ties with Qatar, accusing it of backing terrorism, and imposed punitive measures. These include banning Qatar Airways from airspace and closing the country’s only land border with Saudi Arabia.
Gulf states also ordered Qataris out within 14 days as well as calling home their own citizens. The decisions threaten to break families apart in ways unimaginable in the Gulf where previously residents had the right to live, work and travel in any of the six energy-rich country they chose.

Treatment
Amnesty International, long a critic of Doha over its treatment of migrant workers, has warned of “heartbreak and fear” suffered by ordinary people caught in the diplomatic crossfire. “Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates are toying with the lives of thousands of Gulf residents as part of their dispute with Qatar, splitting up families and destroying people’s livelihoods and education,” the London-based rights group said. With the deep family, heritage and commercial links between the Gulf countries, tens of thousands of people are potentially affected. Many like Rashed are now facing tough choices. Rashed said if he stays in Qatar he could potentially lose his Bahraini citizenship and become “stateless”. The law in Qatar does not allow mothers to grant nationality to their children “without exception, even if this would result in statelessness”, according to the United Nations refugee agency. In Qatar alone there are 11,382 residents from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE, according to Doha’s National Human Rights Committee.

Almost 6,500 Qatari men and women are married to partners from those three countries. Committee chief Ali bin Samikh Al-Marri says the decision by the other countries represents an “unjust embargo which violates all international human rights” charters. One Qatari mother who lives in Saudi Arabia is facing a particularly tough dilemma, according to Al-Marri’s committee. The woman has a child with special needs who holds Saudi nationality and the mother has been told the youngster will not be allowed to leave the Kingdom even though she must return to Qatar.

A Saudi awaiting kidney surgery in Qatar has also been ordered home, the rights group said. Footage of a Saudi family being stopped at the border from attending a family funeral in Qatar has also been circulated widely on social media. The humanitarian aspect of the row has caught the attention of those outside the Gulf.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has urged Saudi Arabia and its allies to ease their “blockade” of Qatar and warned of the “humanitarian consequences” of the measure. “We’re seeing shortages of food, families are being forcibly separated, and children are being pulled out of school,” he said. Saudi and Bahrain on Sunday announced they have established hotlines for those affected. Riyadh said it was ordering “suitable measures” to help families with mixed citizenships but provided few details. Qatar has announced that residents from other Gulf countries, like Rashed and his sisters, can remain in Doha. But the threat of statelessness remains should Rashed fail to return to his father’s country of Bahrain. “My mother … I have never seen her this worried and anxious,” Rashed said. “She’s a neurosurgeon. She does surgery for six to eight hours a day.”

---This is really sad, it is affecting the lives of innocent people. To not allow a family to receive the body of their loved one and banned from attending their funeral is disgusting. I see so many videos of Saudi guys spray painting and destroying cars from Qatar, what kind of respect is that? Qatar has said that all citizens will be allowed to stay, even if they are from the countries that have banned them which shows Qatar is acting like an adult.  How can the protectors of the Holy site stop Muslims from visiting when it one of the 5 pillars of Islam? I believe every country is somehow aligned with their enemy yet Qatar is accused of supporting terrorism? Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Al Shaheed park second Phase

After seeing pictures of the new phase we stopped by to check it out and we weren't disappointed, it is as beautiful as the first phase. We stayed only a little while as the weather is not too good for walking around right now but in the winter it will be really nice. I wish they would add another stage area with more seating. The one in the first phase is nice but gets way too crowded when they have shows.
 
 
 









There is an area called 'Mini Kuwait' at the other end of the park, the kids got over heated and we had to leave without seeing all of the park but I do recommend a visit!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Zafran Indian restaurant in Mahboula Celebrates

Zafran Indian Bistro in Mahboula celebrated it's one year anniversary with a new menu. The celebration was due to take place in March but due to the flooding their electricity went out and they were finally up and running in April. I love the d├ęcor of the restaurant, it's both classy and cozy. The new menu included grilled, curry and rice dishes.





They invited a dance troop for the Philippines to  perform





Zafran is located in the Light Complex in Mahboula and you can follow them on IG @zafranindianbistro.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Businesses damaged by the flood

I paid a visit to the Dome mall to check on the clean up after the floods damaged the basement areas and cut off electricity to the remaining business. Here are some of the pictures of Marvel Fit crossfit gym and The Combat Academy after the water was drained. Both of the businesses look like a total loss and I was told the owner of Marvel Fit spent around 350,000 KD for the gym, the good news is the owner of the Dome Mall- Al Tijaria has insurance. The problem is who is responsible? The government for the roads or Al Tijaria because of the loss?

You can see the gym when it was first opened here


 This is the Combat Academy



Until the electricity issue is solved all of the businesses are closed, the two gym and academy may never recover. I do wish them luck in getting paid for their loss and I hope they can re-open some day.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Re Food Kuwait- Food Donation

The girls and I volunteered on Saturday with refood Kuwait in Andalous co-op. The girls had volunteered before and due to my six day work schedule I took off early to volunteer with them. We drove to Andalous co-op where the people were already gathered waiting for the donations. We entered the back of the co-op where the donated items were stored. The donated items were oil, soaps, chocolates, juice, popcorn and a few other things. We did run out of items toward the end so the family donations were smaller towards the end.



 Examples of the donations, large and small size

 Pencil bags

 Some of the hundreds of people waiting in the heat
Most of the people were from Syria, bedoon and Indians. It really got to me seeing the people waiting in the heat with their children for 3 hours for some small bags of food. I'm hoping the program will expand and more donations can be found to help out more families. You can find more information on their IG @refoodkw and their website.