Sunday, August 30, 2015

Promenade Mall Hawally

My friend and I stopped by the Promenade Mall to check out the @trampokuwait trampoline area and the Promenade ice skating rink. There are only a few shops open with Sultan Center opening in the past few days, most of the foot traffic is for the entertainment areas. 

I learned of the history of the mall, it is actually Kuwait's first 'charity mall' and the biggest one in the Arabic and Islamic world. It is owned by the Al Othman Charity Fund, a private fund that actively supports various humanitarian projects throughout the Arab world and internationally. The fund is managed by Engineer Adnan Abdullah Al-Othman, son (I assume) of the "Great Philanthropist"  Abdulla Abdullatif Al-Othman of the museum Bait Al Othman (my favorite museum in Kuwait).link

 "Every dinar the customer spends in this mall will go to charity' The Al Othman Charity Fund is paying for various charity projects inside and outside of Kuwait.

 The ice skating rink is 1,200 square meters and focuses on training children, it's around 6KD per hour which includes skates and helmets, the plastic push toy is an additional 2KD rental which can be used to push small children around in as well as used for balancing.
 Trampo and Clip n' Climb is another entertainment area which includes huge trampolines for visitors to use. You can call 60694352 for more information on prices.



It's a really huge mall that will include GEOX, On Time, DKNY, Make Up Forever, Life with Cacao, Choowy Goowy, Tim Hortons (already open),Cafe Bazza (already open) and Chili's as well as Kuwait's largest MANGO store. It will also have the 'Promenade Cultural Centre' (PCC) which will host a variety of events dedicated to art, theater, live music and performances. The mall lies on an area of 18,000 sqm which also includes the Al Othman Tower with 13 floors of offices, three floors in the basement for parking.

The grand opening is set for some time in September.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Parking Meters- Kuwait's new source of Revenue

Everyone should start saving your change from now on!
A ministerial source said the government will begin to privatize parking meters for cars in the country. He said the responsibilities of organizing public and private parking will be added to the duties of the Public Authority for Roads and Land Transport.

He said this move agrees with what was mentioned in the government’s working program, to diversify the economic structure and non-oil revenues, and activate the role of the private sector in economic activities. He said the authority’s board of directors will be formed soon. The source said, the privatization of the parking meters will represent a new income source for the general budget and will create new job opportunities for inspectors.

Does that mean soon there will be job openings for 'Meter Maids'?
I'd like to see how many citizens sign up for that!
Here's what meter police look like in USA.

English masjid in Fintas

With the growing numbers of English speaking Muslims on the rise I can't understand why there aren't more masjids with English sermons. This particular one is in Fintas and this part of Kuwait has a large number of English speaking Muslims. I'm sure when this was built there weren't that many people in the area and that's why it's so small. There is a huge number of attendees on Friday and no room for women. Everyone has to squash inside and there is no room for overflow. I don't know who is responsible for the upkeep or expansion but I wish someone would take note of the needs of this masjid.

 Cracking paint


 Only two bathrooms but no one really uses the floor models anymore

 Garbage
 Someone left their boat parked in front of it
 More garbage
It is visited by many nationalities, even Kuwaitis and yet no one is willing to ask for help in upgrading or 'adopting' this masjid to renew it.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Four Seasons Hotel- Burj Al Shaya Centre

The Burj Al Shaya- Gensler (also responsible for the Avenues III construction) project which includes 'three distinct' buildings including an office tower, hotel and podium. I found some new renderings for the project. As most people know, the build is no way being completed any time soon but when it is finished it looks pretty spectacular. 



"Appointed to lead the design of this mixed-use development in Kuwait City for Alshaya Incorporated, Gensler developed its design concept around a regional architectural tradition, resulting in a contextual building that successfully represents the Four Seasons brand, as well as the local environment. Composed of three distinct buildings including an office tower, hotel tower and podium, the development is unified by a traditional Arabian carved wood latticework window treatment that offers significant solar control and air circulation. The geometry of the wood shading fins covers multiple building fa├žades, creating a strong, visual distinction from neighboring buildings, while enhancing climatic performance for the occupied spaces. The new 250-room Four Seasons Hotel will feature two large ballrooms, an expansive pool-level terrace, three restaurants, and world-class spa and fitness facilities."

There will be 45 floors in the commercial tower and 23 floors in the hotel complex.

On a side note: Maybe Gensler should have been in on the new airport deal considering they've built several already? Maybe Al Shaya should open his own airport using that company, it might be completed before the 'new one' ever gets started.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Grand Cinema- The Gate Mall

Thanks to Grand Cinemas, certain people were given VIP passes for unlimited movies for 2 people for a year which is about the best gift I have received to date. We got it last Wednesday and previewed The man from U.N.C.L.E during the event. My son is my partner and we hit the movies yesterday and today. The cutting of the movies still bothers me though.

The location is on the third floor, you have to go up both escalators to get to it, the cinema is straight ahead of the escalator next to Tim Horton's coffee. This is the second Gran Cinema to open, the first was in Al Hamra from which I've heard has a better Grand Class seating area than Gate Mall. The cinema has 9 theaters including the VIP.


We went the next day and saw Mission Impossible, the first one I've ever seen, unfortunately they cut a lot of parts from the movie. I wonder if they will bring Magic Mike? Will it be a 15 minute movie?

Nice, clean theaters but the mall parking is a headache so get there early, I try to get there at least 30 min to and hour early to be safe. The following day we say Sinister 2 which was pretty good and only a few kisses were cut, my friend told me I should start doing movie reviews now that I will be going to the cinema more often.

A big thanks to the marketing group!

On a side note: I think it's messed up that some people who received their VIP card failed to show up, not cool!

Online Education

Is anyone educating their children online? The cost of schools here are outrageous for the quality of teaching so I'm looking at alternatives and I've heard some people are using an online platform for education but I'm not too sure how it works. If anyone has any info let me know.