A reader suggested I check out the new section of the museum that opened recently so I took my friend and her children to visit and show them my favorite museum. There have been many changes since my last post and I was so excited to see the additional areas. There is now a place for children to color old Kuwaiti characters as seen below.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Today we tried to eat at Five Guys but the line was too long as it's the new thing in Kuwait to go to. I'd give it a month and then there will probably be plenty of room to sit. Someone recommended visiting after 4 as the crowd dies down, considering Ramadan is around the corner every place is totally chaotic as if the world is about to end, that's why I did my grocery shopping last week.
Kuwait website for more info and check out their menu, they're located in the Tijari Building across from Al Shaheed Park in Kuwait City.
Friday, May 27, 2016
Dubai has been ranked fourth among the top cities worldwide for retailing with other Gulf markets are also making their mark on the global shopping map, according to JLL’s Destination Retail report.
While the list is dominated by cities in Asia Pacific, those in the Middle East are coming on strong, propelled by an ever-increasing array of international retailers, the report said.
One-third of the top 15 global retail cities are located in the Middle East, with Dubai placed fourth, Kuwait City finishing within the top 10 at nine, Abu Dhabi at 11 and Jeddah and Riyadh tied for 12.
Dubai’s history of ‘shopping tourism’, which has included hosting the world-renowned Dubai Shopping Festival for over two decades, has seen the emirate become a hub for major retail brands. It also has one of the highest levels of retail floor space per capita globally, JLL said.
It added that GCC markets each have large quantities of affordable retail space, supported by franchise structures, which present viable options for international retailers and reduce their operational risk at entry.
Additionally, the domestic retail market in the Middle East is not as mature as other regions, allowing international brands to enter without too much competition from domestic brands. JLL’s report found that pent up shopping demand across the region has spurred some of the highest sales volumes for retailers. Andrew Williamson, head of retail, MENA for JLL, said: “Retail will continue to be a key pillar of the Dubai economy, and this report shows its strategy of attracting leading international retailers is working.
“As Dubai looks to welcome 20 million visitors by 2020, retail will play a crucial role in drawing in visitors from all over the globe. The city has an impressive history which is unmatched in the region when it comes to retail. And its position globally can only be enhanced given the high quality retail space on offer to the world’s best-known and most loved brands.” In a battle between historic, established markets versus modern newcomers, JLL said London stands at the fore front of international retailing while Asia Pacific outranked all regions with 18 cities making the cut driven by sheer market size.
The report said cities in the United States make up just over one-quarter (26.4 percent) of the top 50 cities, with only one city (New York) in the top 15. JLL’s report examined the presence of 240 international retail brands and 140 international cities, including the drivers of their growth, opportunity and barriers, and also ranked and assessed the vitality and attractiveness of cities.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
I stopped by Fintas Park for a walk and saw workers fixing the basketball courts by adding padding and new basketball hoops. I was disappointed to see them take out the volleyball area but maybe they will add it with a padded ground. They also added some huge shades but out one of the play areas.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Monday, May 23, 2016
This trip to Dubai I spent a day and a half instead of the one day which took two days to recover from. As we were driving I saw a Wendy's advertisement and knew I had to find one. I found one in the mall and ordered my chili and frosty that I've missed so much. I also had Baja Fresh and Taqado Mexican food.
I had to find a historical attraction as I see malls and restaurants everyday in Kuwait. We stopped by the Dubai Museum which was awesome
Sunday, May 22, 2016
After seeing their IG page @sultanchef I always wanted to give it a try. They recently opened up a new location in Abu Halaifa in the "Light Complex," with it being so close I figured why not. We weren't familiar with the menu and I have little experience with Turkish food so we asked the waiter for his recommendation. We started off with drinks, I got the fruit drink pictured below which was really good.
We both tried salads, I got the Roca salad, they came in huge bowls which could've been shared. We also tried the grilled soujouk, a grilled Turkish sausage plate. Unfortunately the sausage plate was so salty I couldn't eat it.
Our meat recommendation was the rack of lamb carved by our waiter.
Rack of lamb
The restaurant was beautiful and the waiters were awesome but it is really pricey. Our order which consisted of 2 drinks, bottle of water, 2 salads, one appetizer, rack of lamb and dessert came out to a whopping 52 KD and the food was good but not 52 KD good. All I can say is even though it is pricey there are always a lot of people in the restaurant so business is booming with all of the new locations opening up across Kuwait.