Monday, May 20, 2019

Al Arabi Magazine Collection 1960-1989

If you're a long time follower of my blog then you know how obsessed with finding old information about Kuwait and history. I came across this haul of Al Arabi magazines from 1960-1989 with some incredible pictures of Kuwait. After going through these books it saddens me to know that Kuwait was once a clean, green beautiful highly developed country that other GCC countries want to copy. No one would know that now though.

"Al-Arabi was founded by the Government of Kuwait in an effort to establish a magazine that emphasizes Arabic literature. The monthly magazine has always been financially supported by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Information which is the main regulatory body of media in the country.[1] Ahmad Zaki was selected as the first editor in chief of the magazine and the first publication of the magazine was issued December 1958.[2]

Since its first days, the magazine has addressed various important issues in both the Arabic and international communities dealing with all aspects of life. Many of the articles published were contributions from well-known authors, artists and poets; such as Abbas el-Akkad, Nizar Qabbani, Sa'id al-Afghani, Abdul Hadi Altazi, Ihsan Abbas, Yusuf Idris and Salah Abdel Sabour,Dalal Almutairi. The magazine stopped briefly for seven months during the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait from August 1990 to February 1991." Arabic website link

 Some of the magazine pages are still sealed so I don't want to tear them, a lot of them include inserts as well.

 The magazines covered countries from all of the world and this article on Qatar is from 1960

 The advertisements back then included soda, cigarettes, cars and televisions

 Kuwaitis at work in the 60's

 If I'm not mistake this beach picture is from the Gazelle Club?
 The bottom picture is from what I assume is the beach line in from of Kuwait Magic, the palm trees are still there but there is astro turf and the sea isn't that close to the beach any more.
I think the pool picture is from the Gazelle Club
I have such a vast collection, I've separated it into what magazines contain articles about Kuwait which I will keep for my children and the other ones that are of other countries. I'm thinking about scanning the Kuwaiti articles and uploading them to my blog, I'm sure there are lots of people who like to see pictures and articles of the past. Unfortunately I don't read Arabic so I can only enjoy the pictures but I'm lucky to have found these magazines so they wouldn't go to the trash.

You can also read about the other old magazines about Kuwait I've collected, here's the link

Sunday, May 12, 2019

National Museum...Martyr Museum to be Demolished

“This museum was launched in 1997, and during these 20 years, I collected all the items including the audiovisual materials. I did everything from my own resources with the support of donations. I have spent over KD 600,000 on this historical work, and they want to demolish everything,” said Dr Yousef Al Amiri, President of the Kuwait House of National Works Museum. 
He was ordered to evacuate the state property by 1 July 2016. It is to be knocked down to make way for local road works. 
Al Amiri’s group of volunteers had hand crafted the dioramas, transforming 10 sections of villa 32 in northern Shuwaikh into an amazing private interactive museum. . 
The museum was included on four pages of the social studies curriculum and hosted around 150 students daily on school trips. Foreign delegations toured the museum as part of their state visit, but the private museum was also open to the public for a KD1 entry fee. The museum had even built up twinning agreements with 27 countries for a permanent Kuwait booth at their museums.
It contained a bronze statue of Saddam Hussein, which an American soldier brought from Baghdad. Al Amiri refused an offer of $1 million for the statue from a Qatari sheikh. It also contained a cigar, diary and outfits of Odai Hussain.
The tour of the Kuwait House for National Works Museum began in the first hall with an audio visual presentation on the origins and early history of Kuwait. The hall was decorated with a giant map of Kuwait and portraits of each of the country's rulers. 
The Heritage Hall displayed miniatures of historic buildings with voice recordings. 
A murky trail led to the Invasion Tunnel, where the saga of the 1990 Iraqi invasion was narrated through to the 1991 liberation. An effective combination of light and sound effects brought the scene to life. (radio communications, machine-gun fire, explosions). The museum preserved remnants from the war including weapons and uniforms. 
Each of the Allied and NATO Forces had its own wall of photographs. Letters of congratulation, Official communications, military documents and wartime memos were also featured in this section.
The final Hall of Martyrs and POW’s paid homage to the tortured and fallen, and to the POWs still missing in Iraq. The museum also had a cinema for an audience of one hundred people; a Photo Exhibit Hall and a Hall of Peace."

You can see my post here about my visit to the museum, it needed a lot of TLC back then and now they want to destroy everything about the invasion! It's bad enough the country deleted it from the government books and now it's like they want to forget it happened. I'm sure the families of the martyrs don't forget, every day they live life without their loved ones. I know a lot of people who were here when the invasion happened, they tell tragic stories of hiding weapons. using trash trucks to move guns, family members being taken from their homes, glasses of the cousin who was kidnapped by the Iraqi army and never seen again and so on.

I have my kids ask their father about what he experienced and he rarely talks about it but they need to know. I've had my kids look at this website to see pictures of the invasion. I've visited the museum of @hamedalfuzia1 who lost his son and other family members in the war.

WHERE IS THE NCCAL???? Aren't they supposed to preserve this information? Aren't they supposed to protect the past? They didn't help when Bayt Lothan was torn down because the family is greedy and wanted money post. I guess it is left to normal people to carry on the stories of the past, I go around Kuwait taking pictures of old houses before they demolish them. I have several posts on different houses I've found, sadly some have been demolished, maybe one day I will publish them in a book. I really hope all is not lost with the subject of the invasion, if you notice, several museums in Kuwait have only a very small area dedicated to the war which tells us it's not something people want others to remember.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Citizenship for foreign wives after 18 Years

Bill proposes citizenship for foreign woman married to a Kuwaiti after 18 years
10 hours ago

KUWAIT CITY, April 16: The Nationality, Passports and Travel Documents Sector of the Ministry of Interior has submitted a draft law to the Interior and Defence Committee of the National Assembly to amend the law granting citizenship to a foreign woman married to a Kuwaiti, reports Al-Jarida daily quoting reliable sources.

The amended law stipulates that a foreign woman married to Kuwait shall be granted the citizenship after 18 years of marriage, provided the husband shows evidence of continued marital ties between them throughout this period.

The sources added that the new law provides the possibility of granting the foreign wife facilities just like a Kuwaiti woman after just three years of marriage. In the meantime, the sources pointed out that the General Department of Nationality and Passports has stressed in its new draft law that the Interior Minister cannot make any exception to the legal period stipulated by the law to grant nationality to the foreign wife of a Kuwaiti, pointing out that the Department has now stopped all transactions of naturalizing the wives of citizens since the issue is now in the Parliament. The sources also explained that the leadership of the General Department of Nationality and Passports, in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Lt-Gen Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah, has discussed the new law with members of the Interior and Defense Committee of the National Assembly during more than one session, noting that the members have shown a great understanding of the draft law and promised to include it on the agenda during one of the coming sessions.

It is noteworthy to mention that the law of naturalization of foreign wives of Kuwaitis earlier granted nationality to foreign wives of Kuwaiti husbands after 5 years of marriage. However, it is believed there are many loopholes in the law most notably divorce cases that occur after granting the nationality, which is one of the issues that was discussed with experts of the Ministry of Justice.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Old Al Shaya house has been Demolished

It's always sad when I find out another old Kuwaiti building has been demolished, this time it's the majority of the old Al Shaya Kuwaiti house. I was hoping they might preserve it and turn it into something that the new generations could see but of course greed wins all of the time and it is of course a huge lot of prime land. The only part left was what I thought was a dwaniya but it turns out to be some kind of fashion type business?

I'm sure it won't be long before this part is also demolished, I'm glad I took my kids there once to explore the old house and show them how people lived before modern times. You ca see my post on the house before the demolition here.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Demolished! Ahmadi drive-in is Gone

On my way to Ahmadi today I took a wrong turn and ended up by the old drive-in theater only to watch it being demolished. Yes, another land mark in Kuwait has sadly come to an end. 

I was lucky enough to sneak inside a couple of months ago to take some pictures which you can see here. Little by little every remnant of the past is being torn down as if the people of the country want to forget their past.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Kuwait moves to naturalize non Kuwaiti divorcees

Move to naturalize non-Kuwaiti widows, divorcees in progress

Speed debt relief: MP Al-Mutairi

KUWAIT CITY, March 26: The parliamentary Interior Affairs Committee discussed nine proposals regarding the naturalization of non- Kuwaiti widows or divorced women who got married to Kuwaitis, says Committee Chairman MP Askar Al- Enezi.

In a related development, Interior Minister Lt Gen Khaled Al Jarrah Al-Sabah unveiled the government’s plan to submit a bill on the citizenship of the abovementioned women. He affirmed the government is keen on ensuring that the rights of foreign women married to Kuwaitis, regardless of their nationality, are safeguarded in case of divorce or death of the husband.

He said the preliminary composition of the project is now in the hands of the Legal Affairs Committee in the Cabinet, indicating a copy of which will be referred to the concerned parliamentary committee for recommendations and opinions in hopes that the project will be approved smoothly without amendments.

On the other hand, MP Majed Al- Mutairi asked the National Assembly Office to expedite approval of his request to discuss his proposal to write off loans. He pointed out that he did not submit such a popular proposal to wait for its turn in the legislative pipeline.

Al-Mutairi and five other lawmakers submitted a request in February for the Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee and the Economic and Financial Affairs Committee to expedite discussion of the proposal in order to quickly table it for discussion at the Assembly. However, the request is still at the National Assembly Office for revision. He urged the office to quickly address the request as the issue is vital, considering how the Kuwaiti public welcomes the idea. He added such reception reflects the hardships that struck Kuwaiti households.

By Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff

It's good but I have worries about turning in my US passport. It's a requirement so I would really have to sit and think before turning it in.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Ahmadi drive-in Theater

I always wondered what the old drive-in looked like from the inside and the gate happened to be open so I went inside to look around. I can only imagine how cool it was back then to roll up to that big fat speaker, hang it on the window and watch the movie from inside the car. I'm lucky enough to have experienced it as a kid and boy was it awesome.

Remember the break time when everyone got out of their cars and headed for the snack food stands coming back with loads of food. People had their lawn chairs sitting beside the car or some would sit in the back of their trucks with blankets.