Saudi Arabia unveils it’s first locally built car. The car is an SUV, a 4 wheel drive, and had just got the OK from King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz on Monday to enter production.

There are not much details about the car except that it’s named Ghazal 1, it’s 4.8 meters long and 1.9 meters wide and is a four wheel drive. The plan is to produce 20,000 units over the next 3 years.

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Thanks Fawaz

 





I just came back from there, we were thinking of places to go for dinner but we were out of names. All 3 of us had our no-no restaurant, we contemplated: Maki, Chillis, The Noodle House, Don Mario’s, Oriental Cuisine, Ricardo, Fridays, Burger boutique, Sliders, Prime n Toast.. etc. But each and everyone of these was turned down by one of us. You’d think a dinner won’t be that complicated, but it is in our case.. always.

Just when we were thinking of bo6a6 o badiyan and falafil for dinner Kuwait Towers restaurant was mentioned. To make a long story short, after a little while we agreed to go there. The place in my opinion is amazing, the Kuwait Towers location and the view were just perfect. Everything else was crap. Pure Crap. Seriously.

It’s a buffet, an over priced buffet (coz the food sucked), with bad service, bad food, bad everything. I mean what a shame to have that magnificent location and view and to be placed at the top of a frickin landmark! and have it all go to waste with a well below average food?

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a great restaurant up there? A 5 star place where people would reserve tables a month in advance to get a chance to taste an international chef’s dishes (daydreaming?). My friend was telling us while eating “If this was in Dubai we’d be hearing about world renowned chefs visiting the place every month and the place would probably be one of the IT places in town.”

A little piece of advice, DON’T think of going there, it was a big mistake that will never happen again. And if you ever had guests come to Kuwait, take them there in the afternoons, let them enjoy the panorama view, and then leave.

Made me regret not having a falafil for dinner. What a shame.

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That is one lucky boy!

The boy was with his father in the mall, and apparently the father wasn’t looking when the boy decided to hold the escalator belt and climb to the top before falling.. Thank God a man spotted the kid before falling and was there to catch him.

Thanks 7antoosh

 




10
Jun

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I’ll be leaving today to Qatar! I don’t know why Qatar, especially in this hot weather, but I’ve been wanting to go there ever since Intlxpatr started posting about it.. and since I don’t get to have a real vacation this summer, Qatar sounded real good to me and my friends.

I know nothing about the country, I’ll be collecting information from here and there. My friend intlxpatr gave me some valuable info about places to go and see, and I had them saved on my mobile. If you know any good places to visit in Qatar PLEASE do tell! I’m gonna need everything you know about the country. I’m going to be there for the weekend only and ofcourse will be posting about it when I get back.

I’m Not Going!

Bad luck at it’s best! I was informed just 3 hours before the take off that I had some work related stuff to do, and I have to work on it during the weekend coz the deadline is on Sunday at 8 am.. Woohoo! 👿 I just hate it when I prepare myself for something and have it taken away from me just like that!

P.S. The nice friends of mine are now boarding the plane. How nice the situation that I’m in is, huh?

P.P.S. The plane got delayed, then almost took off without them.

 





Kuwait is ranked #39 in this year’s Global Peace Index. Kuwait is slowly but steadily moving up on the list of most peaceful countries: #46 in 2007, #45 in 2008, #42 in 2009, and finally #39 in 2010.

Arab Countries rankings:

15 Qatar (The highest among Arab countries)
23 Oman
37 Tunisia
39 Kuwait
44 UAE
49 Egypt
56 Libya
58 Morocco
68 Jordan
70 Bahrain
107 Saudi Arabia
115 Syria
129 Yemen
134 Lebanon
146 Sudan
149 Iraq

The top 10 countries are:

  1. New Zealand.
  2. Denmark.
  3. Norway.
  4. Iceland.
  5. Austria.
  6. Sweden.
  7. Japan.
  8. Canada.
  9. Finland.
  10. Slovenia.

The Bottom 10 are:

  1. Iraq.
  2. Afghanistan.
  3. Somalia.
  4. Israel (Palestine is no where to be found on the list).
  5. Sudan.
  6. Congo.
  7. Chad.
  8. Pakistan.
  9. Russia.
  10. Zimbabwe.

 





We won’t be suffering from traffic jams in the mornings for a good 3 months! No more ‘get out of the house an hour before work to dodge traffic’ until the 19th of september when schools start again. Till then, I’m gonna use that snooze button like crazy.

Source

 




09
Jun

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Zain logo

We posted about Zain’s Mishref branch violation yesterday, they read it, and here is their response:

“Dear Yousef,

I hope this email finds you well.

In regards to your post Oh-Oh Zain, this issue came-up after we have re-branded our Mishref branch and the violation is only about a small part of the branch front door.
We are now arranging with Mishref Co-op for the necessary actions to be taken in regards to this unexpected matter. I hope this clears everything to you and to your respectful blog readers.

I would also like to stress on that Zain welcomes valid feedbacks, comments, and questions through its various support channels.

Wishing you – and Mishary- all the best in your blog. Keep it up.”


I like it when people take criticism well. I’ve heard many horror stories about sponsors and their need to be glorified, and I’m glad this isn’t the case with Zain. I’m also glad they’re taking the necessary actions to solve this issue.

Thanks for the clarification!

 





Indonesian Woman Claims She's 157 Years Old!
^Click on it to read the full article in arabic.

Turinah is an Indonesian woman who claims to be 157 years old. She’s from a small village in Sumatra and despite being so old, has no problems with her sight, hearing nor memory, and she speaks fluent dutch.

She has no official papers to prove her age, but going by her adopted daughter’s age, which is 108, there is a good chance she might be telling the truth about her own age. Which could mean she broke the age record that was set by Jeanne Calment who died in 1997 at the age of 122.

Source

Thanks Fawaz

 





Helen Thomas started her career in 1943, She’s a journalist, a longtime White House correspondent, and a front-seater person at the press room in the WhiteHouse.

What happened? Well she has been attacked by an infuriated media after some comments she made about Israel and how they should get out of palestine and go back to europe. Her exacts words were:

  • “Israel should get the hell out of Palestine.”
  • “Remember, these people (Palestinians) are occupied, and it’s their land.”

And for saying those words, she was condemned by the (media-brainwashed) public and the media, which led her to announce her retirement. Her amazing career spanning 60 years was ended because of what she said.

The media is shocked over her comments, they’re outraged, they cannot fathom how someone would say anything bad about Israel. They believe in freedom of speech, they have different opinions, but when it comes to Israel, support should be unanimous! No one badmouth Israel! or at least no one gets away with it!

So Helen Thomas quitted her 6 decades job and I have a feeling that she’ll always be remembered, not for her accomplishments, but for having a controversial & offensive comments about Israel.

By the way, she apologized about her comments above and said:

“I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians, they do not reflect my heart-felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon.”

Source & Video

Thanks Hamad

 




08
Jun

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Mishary and I spotted this Zain ‘violation’ at Mishref’s Co-op. No one is immune from the Municipality!

 





Ansam is one of the few people in the blogosphere we trust for having a great taste in food, and she just had a dessert named after her! Yep, Napket just named a frozen yogurt after her. The yogurt is called Ansam’s Icy Yogurt, it’s a watermelon icy yogurt flavor topped with pomegranate and a sprinkle of rose water.

It’s available at Napket starting today. Give it a try and let her know what you think!

Ansam518

 





This is like the ultimate World Cup calendar. It’s very well laid out and easy to navigate, and all the games are right there, no need for going from page to page and there isn’t much loading is involved.

Check it out

Thanks Bu m7amad

 





I think it’s about time for this Bill. I hope it materialize soon.

Thanks Khalid

 





I read The Lovely Bones a while ago and thought it wasn’t all that, but I remember thinking, while turning the last pages, that these tragic events should make for a great movie. It eventually did!

The movie is about a girl whose name was Salmon, yep just like the fish, Susie Salmon, and she was only 14 when she was murdered.

On December 6th of 1973, the teenage girl was on her way back home from school when she was leered by a familiar face, raped and then brutally murdered. Her family struggle to pull their lives together as they try to find her killer. She narrates the movie from up above, where she carefully watches every step her family, and her killer, make.

The movie was all around a great movie. You all have to watch it.

Note: Actor Stanley Tucci keeps on surprising me with his talent. He is absolutely great in this one. In Julie & Julia as well.

 





The world’s ugliest dog, the 17 years old Miss Ellie, just died. 17 dog years equal 119 in human years.

“Miss Ellie only had a couple of back teeth, cataracts in both her eyes, several moles and pimples, and limited hair.”

Source

 




05
Jun

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I spotted this sign today as I was leaving Chillis (I know..) but no one is paying it any attention and they seem like they’re having lots of fun swimming in that off limits beach.

I wonder why was it prohibited..

 





Rue McClanahan, famous for her role as the mischievous Blanche Devaraux in the famous sitcom Golden Girls, has passed away thursday morning after a major stroke.

“McClanahan is the third of the four “Golden Girls” costars to pass away; Estelle Getty died at 84 in 2008 and Bea Arthur died at 86 in 2009. Betty White is now the sole surviving Girl”

May She rest in peace.

Source

Thanks Khalid

 




03
Jun

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Arabella, a grand project with an equally grand potential. It’s a project based around what most Kuwaitis love and adore and in some cases live for. it’s all about Food! and especially fine dining. The project promises the best restaurants, actually, in their words “the world’s best” cuisines, and the best atmospheres to create a great experience.

From their site:
“If the search is for the best possible cuisines then look no further.  Arabella has gathered the world’s best.  It has created what may be considered “fine dining central”.  All the “crème de la crème” of global cuisines offer their culinary genius here.”

The project will include:
“37 indoor / outdoor units to serve as restaurants, cafés, bistros, coffee shops, fruit bars, sports bars, ice cream parlors, pastry shops, steakhouses, cold cut delis, burger joints, bakeries, a spa & health club, beauty shop, salon, and more…”

It’s located in AlBadaa area near Palms and Sas. The project isn’t a future plan or anything, it has started and is already under development. I don’t know when it’s going to finish though.

Thanks ½ Cream Milk

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Six ships with 700 people from 50 nationalities carrying aids to Gaza were intercepted and attacked by the Israeli troops. The attack resulted in many deaths and injuries.

Kuwaitis were on one of the ships in hopes to deliver the aids themselves, but couldn’t, are now held in Israel. The Emir of Kuwait has ordered a plane to be prepared to bring them back as soon as they’re released.

This is a list of the Kuwaitis who were onboard that ship (Apologies if there is any mistake in the list):

  • هيا الشطي
  • سندس العبدالجادر
  • وائل العبدالجادر
  • صلاح الجارالله
  • سنان الأحمد
  • عبدالرحمن الخراز
  • عبدالرحمن الفيلكاوي
  • صلاح المهيني
  • د. أسامة الكنري
  • عبدالله الابراهيم
  • مريم لقمان
  • أحمد لقمان
  • د.وليد الطبطبائي
  • نجوة العمار
  • د.وليد العوضي
  • منى ششتر
  • مبارك المطوع

Allah yraje3hom belsalama inshallah. We’re proud of every single one of them.

 





I was there today in the parking lot when a perfectly healthy woman, along with her 2 healthy little daughters, parked her car in the handicapped parking area. They strolled past me and walked into the mall like there was nothing wrong with what she just did.

What a great role model.