Thursday, May 04, 2017

Weekend Outing : Exploring Al Shaheed Park Kuwait

With kids growing up, their Sunday test and lot of homework and social activities, its difficult to go exploring Kuwait every weekend as we used to do before we became parents or when kids were small. But this is something which both myself, my hubby, love to do and luckily both our kids love to do. So whenever we get an opportunity we never try to miss it. When the weekend finally comes, we try to go to some place of fun and have some quality family time while exploring.

I did see few pictures of the park in facebook and it caught my attention immediately. So it was in my list to explore and off we went on a free weekend to explore it. A leisurely stroll that takes you away from Kuwait City’s hustle and bustle; a visit to Al Shaheed Park will quickly make you forget the daily grind, offering visitors a truly wonderful escape in the heart of the city.

Al Shaheed park, located on the periphery of Kuwait city, narrates the story of a land, its history and culture. The park consists of 200,000 square  meter of greenery, featuring beautiful botanical gardens, two museums - Thekra & the Habitat, a visitor center, a lake, walkways and jogging tracks, making it the largest urban park in Kuwait. There are plenty of benches to rest and take in the tranquility of the park and forget that you are in the middle of a city.

Al Shaheed Park is a project developed by Al Diwan Al Amiri and managed by LOYAC (Lothan Youth Achievement Center). When it comes to the environment, Al Shaheed Park aims to promote environmental awareness and its protection. By visiting the Habitat - a museum dedicated to the environment and bird migration in Kuwait, the visitors learn more about the different ecosystems, migratory birds and the effects of pollution through interactive learning stations.

In addition to the museum, a Bird Aviary was built outside of the Habitat to provide a resting area for the numerous migrating birds in Kuwait. By doing so, visitors also get a chance to view these different kinds of birds as they stop by to rest during their journey.
Located on the oldest and most historical ring roads of Kuwait, Al Shaheed Park contains a wealth of history waiting to be explored.The most historical elements found in the park is the Al-Shaab gate, one of the five remaining gates of the old Kuwait Wall. Named after the martyrs, the park consists of two main monuments: The Martyr Monument - a seven meter high glass sculpture built to honor the martyrs of Kuwait - and the Constitution Monument that celebrates the Golden Jubilee of the Kuwaiti constitution. At Thekra, Al Shaheed Park’s memorial museum, visitors are provided with more knowledge on the history of Kuwait, its past battles and the Gulf War. In order to preserve the country’s historical and cultural values, the museum aims to collaborate with the public by offering them dedicated booths where visitors can share their past personal experiences to pass it on to the next generation. You will find army battle tanks, airplanes used during war beautifully displayed.

With the vision of becoming the leading cultural platform in the country, Al-Shaheed park grants the public with a calendar of educational and cultural programs as well outdoor and indoor spaces that can be utilised for various events and activities. Such spaces include the amphitheater, the different open grass areas around the park as well as the visitor center’s multipurpose hall. The park also features beautiful outdoor sculptures created by local artists, along with cafes and restaurants and an underground parking.

Recently, the Kuwait crowd experienced a life time experience at the Amphitheater of Al Shaheed Park where the Indian King of Rap "Badshah" captured the hearts with his live performance. An evening which glittered the Al-Shaheed Park with the torch lights of thousands of mobile phones with tapping feet’s and dancing moves of the audiences who just fumed the evening to be cherished.

We loved visiting this park. A walk around it amidst the greenery make you forget the busy bustling materialistic life and gives you peace and serenity.
Do plan a visit and I am sure you would to visit again like US J)

WOW Entrepreneurs Present Mother’s Day Contest

From the time you were born, until the age you are now, there has always been one person totally invested in your happiness : your mother.

She kept you entertained as a baby by playing with toys decades too young for her to enjoy. She picked you up from school every day to make sure she was the first to be updated on your life. And even now she still demands to know every single detail.
Tell us, is there any better friend than that?
All she wants in life is to provide for you, protect you and not forget to buy those juice packs that she knows you love the next time she goes to the store. A mom’s unconditional love is truly unmatched.
Where can you find someone who will appreciate your humor and remind you not to bite your nails? Who will do things for you without any benefit for herself? Where can one find such a selfless, genuinely kind person? Home.

Share your mom’s best advice or best quote and win exciting prizes from WOW Entrepreneurs.

 Last date to send your entries is 6th May .

You can whatsup your entries to 97193679 / 65033597  or email

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Ties conducting Body Language workshop

Ties conducting Body Language interactive workshop on Wednesday 19th April 2017,from 6.30 to 8.30 pm at Shuhada Area, Block (4), Street (413), Villa (67).

The workshop is presented by Dr Mohamed Makhlouf, Self Development Trainer

More information contact 25231015 or email at

IWIK : Indian ladies set for exclusive group tour to Dubai

Indian Women in Kuwait (IWIK) is all set to organize "Dubai Darshan 2017" an exclusive fun filled 3 day trip to Dubai for Indian Women living in Kuwait. The idea of group tour to Dubai came after the success of two consecutive Kuwait Darshan where the all ladies team enjoyed different sight seeing in Kuwait.

The 3 day Group tour to Dubai is planned to be on 27th, 28th and 29th April 2017. The trip is surely going to be a memorable trip, packed with loads of fun, sight-seeing, information, and happy moments with the entire group of like minded women, organizers said.

"The whole expense for a lady for this trip will be 275 KD, which includes a to z required for the entire trip," organizers said. The cost includes visa, air ticket, hotel accommodation, own transport for the entire tour, entry tickets to all places including a visit to the top floor of Burj Khalifa, food and full guided tour for the entire duration of the tour. "The participant doesn't need to pay any extra amount to enjoy this wonderful 3 days trip," organizers added. The group will leave Kuwait on 26th April night.

Few more seats are available and any Indian women above 18 years of age with a valid passport can contact the organizer as the seats and time are limited. Kids please excuse.

Indian Women In Kuwait (IWIK) is an unifying place for the Indian women residing in Kuwait, wherein the members shall learn a bit; gain a bit; have a little fun; and express themselves and their skills. Earlier IWIK Team has successfully organized a series of offline and online events such as the Rangoli Competition, X-Mas Tree Contest, Live cookery show by Tarla Dalal, Kuwait Darshan, Blood Donation Camp, Methai Contest, ICE - In Case Of Emergency workshop , MAA - Pre and Post Natal Care Seminar , My Day with Myself - IWIK picnic and a range of other competitions and programs.

Kuwaiti Dinar celebrates 56th anniversary

The national currency, the Kuwaiti Dinar (KD), will be celebrating its 56th anniversary as being the financial building block which helped the nation grow and expend.

Before replacing the Indian Rupee in 1961, the initial plans for issuing a national currency began in 1958 during which the highest authorities in Kuwait made it imperative for the country to start steps for independence both politically and economically.

With the declaration of Amiri decree 41/1960, the Kuwaiti monetary council was established to look into measures to issue the currency and coins.

In April 1, 1961, the Kuwaiti and Indian governments agreed to withdraw the Gulf Rupee, basically the Indian currency, from the Kuwaiti markets to begin efforts for replacing the banknotes with the new bill.

King of Rap Badshah to make his first ever live performance in Kuwait

King of Rap Badshah is all set to make his first ever live performance in Kuwait. Popular Indian rapper Badshah who delivered chartbusters like “Saturday Saturday”, “Kaala Chashma”, “Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai” to name a few, will be performing live at Al-Shaheed Park Amphi Theatre on Friday 28th April 2017. The event is organised by Indian Youth Society. 

The name “Badshah” needs no introduction as he has ruled the hearts of billions with his unbeaten super hit Rap numbers adding up to his fame, be that the Tamma Tamma Again, Humma song , Kaala Chashma, Akkad Bakkad, Selfie le le re, Saturday Saturday, Abhi to party shuru huyee hai, the Break up song, dj waley babu and many more..

In a very short span of time this young stylish Punjabi Civil Engineer from Delhi captured the chart-list and will be in Kuwait to fume up the Shaheed Park with his Rap and forcing you to tap your feet on every beat. He started his career in 2006 and gained spontaneous popularity among the youth. 

The mega event will be held at an open Amphi Theatre. A beautiful experience to be experienced in Kuwait to make a memorable Friday, organisers told This will be first mega Indian event happening in Al Shaheed Park in Kuwait city. Indian Youth Society, Kuwait fondly known as IYS is a non-profitable organization registered with Indian Embassy of Kuwait by the initiative of a like-minded young Indians with the vision of honouring, encouraging, supporting and celebrating the Indian social & cultural values amongst the people of Kuwait. For further details contact: 66512932, 66361912, 69030423, 50989083 & 66367438

Move to increase residence fee Kuwait

The Ministry of the Interior is planning to increase the residence fees of foreigners, local daily reported.

According to report, the fees for dependents (joining the family) is set at KD 300. The decision also includes a payment of KD 30 for each visit visa and temporary residence KD 20.

The decision is expected to be referred to the National Assembly for approval.

This year Eid Al-Fitr may have 9 days holidays

This time, people in Kuwait may get up to 9 days holiday for Eid Al-Fitr if the Ramadan month completes 30 days, local Arabic news paper reported.

According to report, if the Ramadan month completes 30 days, the first day of Eid Al-Fitr will fall on Monday, June 26 and the previous day — Sunday, June 25 (Ramadan 30) — will be an official holiday. Since June 24 is a Saturday, and Tuesday, June 28 and Wednesday, June 29 will be the second and third days of Eid Al-Fitr holidays respectively, the total holidays will be from Friday, June 23 to Friday June 30 and official work will resume on Sunday, July 2.

However if Ramadan ends within 29 days, the first day of Eid Al-Fitr will fall on Sunday, June 25. The second and third Eid Al-Fitr holidays will be on June 26 and June 27 respectively. Considering the weekend on Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24, the total number of Eid Al-Fitr holidays will be only five days.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Indian embassy closed on 25th and 26th

The Embassy of India will remain closed on 25 th and 26th for Kuwait national day, informed Embassy official. 

Kuwait National and Liberation day Holiday

3 Days holiday for National and Liberation day 

February 25th and 26th will be a public holiday for Kuwait National and Liberation day for all state bodies. As per the directive from Kuwait cabinet, all public sector institutions will resume work on Monday Feb 27, 2017.

As 24th February being a Friday, all state bodies will have three days holidays from Friday to Sunday.

Dog Boarding Services - Ghalya's Dog Paradise

Book your dog's Christmas vacation at Ghalya's Hunderparadise ("dog paradise" in German) Boarding Kennel. Located in the farm area of Hijin/Kabd, Ghalya's kennel is run by compassionate ladies who pamper your furry family members with love. Dogs are treated to open green areas and swimming in the pool (summer) to keep them entertained/active. Stays include socialization with other 4-legged guests in a special area created for pets to feel like they are at home.

No deposit and reasonable fee of 7KD ($23)/day. We only serve top quality brand food! Grooming services are also available. 

Call 97615615. Instagram: turnado14. Member, Kuwait K9 Association/FCI.

See Bazaar Magazine's article on Ghalya's

Kuwait K9 Kennel Association holds weekly exhibitions of  K9 working dogs performance.
Come visit us in Kabd in the open area, 4th Round About on 604 near the Kabd Police Station 

from 3:00 to 5:00 pm every Friday during the winter.  Dress warmly.

Fun Day for Dogs n Families

American Baccalaureate School Charity Carnival


Free Arabic Classes For Women

Sunday, January 22, 2017

LuLu Hypermarket launches Incredible India 2017

LuLu Hypermarket, the leading hypermarket in the region, launched its ‘Incredible India 2017’ promotion, as a celebratory gesture to its large Indian patrons to mark their country’s Republic Day. Indian Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Sunil Jain inaugurated the promotion at the brand’s Al Rai outlet on 19 January in the presence of LuLu management, staff and a large gathering of shoppers and well-wishers. To commemorate the occasion, a cultural program was organized that highlighted the diversity and color of India’s culture and customs, presenting upbeat dance and song.

Under the promotion, LuLu Hypermarket is touting many special offers encompassing groceries, fresh foods, vegetables and meat from India. In addition to a variety of Indian food products, freshly-prepared Indian dishes and sweets are available at special prices. It is also a great time to reignite your love for Indian wear with a selection of branded garments, exquisitely designed sarees, churidars, kurthas and footwear by Indian craftsmen on offer during the festival.

The Incredible India festival, which is common for all LuLu Hypermarket outlets, will be attractive to shoppers looking for great deals on their favorite Indian products. During the promotional period, visitors to LuLu Hypermarket get the chance to experience the authentic touch of India. 

Expatriates face difficulties to renew residency as MoH cancels health insurance contract

Large number of expatriates facing the heat while renewing their residency as the Ministry of Health cancels the contract with the health insurance company. Number of expatriates reported that they are unable to take Health Insurance before applying for residency renewal as the Health Insurance is no more available. Last week MoH had cancelled the contract with the health insurance company.

Meanwhile, today local newspaper Arab Times reported that the Interior Ministry has given instructions to directors of Residence Affairs Departments in the six governorates to grant temporary residence permit of one month only to the expatriates who apply for renewal of their residence permit.

However, expatriates with the temporary residency permit may not be able to leave the country before putting permanent residency as once they left the country with temporary residency their residency became expired and won’t be able to return back to Kuwait.

Local newspaper reported that MoH is expected to signs a new contract with another health insurance company very soon.

No Visa-on-arrival For Indians in Hong Kong

Indians will no longer have the visa-on-arrival facility while travelling to Hong Kong and will have to complete a pre-arrival registration.
The move, announced by the Hong Kong government in November last year, comes into effect from Monday.
"The Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals will be implemented on January 23, 2017. The online service for 'Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals' is now opened," the Hong Kong Immigration Department said.
"Indian nationals must apply for and successfully complete pre-arrival registration online before they can visit or transit the HKSAR visa-free (if seeking to enter the HKSAR during transit). Pre-arrival registration is not required for Indian nationals in direct transit by air and not leaving the airport transit area," the statement added. '
A large number of Indians go to Hong Kong -- a special representative zone of China.
Earlier, Indians were allowed to visit Hong Kong visa-free with a stay of up to 14 days.
The move has reportedly been taken in view of the growing number of asylum seekers.
Among the current backlog of 10,675 refugee applicants in the city, Indian nationals lead the pack with 19.7 per cent of all claimants, says South China Morning Post.
About half entered the city illegally, with the other half being overstayers. One third were Indian visitors who were allowed to stay in Hong Kong visa-free for up to 14 days, it says.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Jaber Hospital for Kuwaitis only - Health Minister

Minister of Health Jamal Al-Harbi reaffirmed Sunday that the new world-class Jaber Hospital would start operation in months to serve nationals only.

A highly-qualified foreign administration would manage the hospital till completing the training of national cadres to take over later, the minister said in statements to reporters during inauguration of three medical centers affiliated to the private Al-Salam International Hospital.

"As of next month, the international administrative team would start training 75 national cadres to qualify them to take over management affairs with their foreign peers," he said.

He elaborated that the equipment would be delivered to Jaber Hospital starting from June.

The hospital will later start operation with the outpatient clinics in the first phase, he said.

He added that the ministry has prepared a highly-skillful 2,600-member nursery team to work in Jaber Hospital.

He, however, admitted a shortage in doctors, technicians, and pharmacists.

Al-Harbi stated that after the inauguration of Jaber Hospital, the ministry would open Al-Razi Hospital and Al-Amiri Hospital.

"We are also focusing our efforts on Al-Jahra Hospital which will be the largest hospital in Kuwait," he said.

On the medical centers of Al-Salam International Hospital, the minister noted that the centers are for dentistry, Kidney diseases, and physical therapy.

He pointed out that Al-Salam International Hospital offers distinguished healthcare services to Kuwaiti retirees who hold AFIA health insurance cards.

The new centers have 12 dentistry clinics and 16 kidney dialysis machines, he said.

The minister said he was pleased by the high-quality services provided by Al-Salam hospital to Kuwaitis.

For his part, CEO of Al-Salam International Hospital Dr. Ayman Al-Mutawa' emphasized the importance of the role played by the private medical institutions in easing the burden on the government hospitals and medical centers and helping the health Ministry materialize its strategy and plans.

He viewed that the private medical institutions as a key partner to the government in upgrading healthcare services in the country.

Be Careful

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Basant Festival

7th Bike Show Kuwait

Naseeruddin Shah Live in Kuwait by ICS

Story Time

Public Speaking Club in Kuwait

The Perfect Pitch Public Speaking Club fosters a supportive environment to help you improve your presentation and communication skills, where participants offer constructive feedback and encouragement.
The event is free and open to all. No registration required.
When: 7 PM Sunday, Jan 15
Where: @reyada_co

Charity fashion show @ Kuwait

Charity fashion show hosted at BSK, a collaboration between BAIA & Second Chance & PAWS. 
New designers are invited to take part in a competition. Please email for details ... Must be able to show 3-6 garments on March 18 2017

Kuwait Motor Show Automoto 17 begins at 360 mall

Over 100s of vehicles, motorcycles and ATVs from over 30 international brands are on display at the Auto Moto car show 2017 at the 360 mall from Jan 12 to 21. The exhibition is organized by EPR Company and held under the auspices of His Excellency Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Al-Homoud Al-Sabah. This is the fifth edition of Auto Moto.

The Kuwait Motor Show Automoto 17 showcase the latest in the automotive market offering vehicles of the year 2017, an array of new product launches, never seen before vehicles and much more. Visitors will enjoy a one of a kind experience with vehicles ranging from economy passenger cars, luxury sedans, super cars, and a mix of motorcycles and ATV’s.

The Kuwait Motor Show is in partnership with The Kuwait Finance House as a Strategic Partner for the Third year in a row. KFH offers exclusive promotions and a comprehensive range of financial services for those visitors who are planning to purchase new cars. KFH’s active role and contributions in the automotive market reiterate its flagship status and leading position in financing automobiles.

Automoto 17 commences its activities today January the 12th and will continue through January the 21st at the mall regular hours 10 am to 10 pm.

Construction of Kuwait airport on schedule

Construction of a new terminal at the airport is proceeding according to schedule since work started in early December, Minister of Public Works Abdulrahman Al-Mutawaa said on Saturday.

The minister, during an inspection tour at the venture site, indicated that more time might be needed to thrash out some emerging problems such as presence of civil and military installations at the location. “Such hurdles will be tackled through coordination with the relevant authorities,” he said.

A special supervision panel will be established, he said, indicating that more hurdles might emerge during the execution. However, the minister re-affi rmed his keenness on accomplishing the mega project on time.

Meanwhile, Ghaleb Shlash, the ministry’s undersecretary for construction projects, said the venture is set to be executed in six years, according to the contract. For his part, Faisal Al-Ostath, the chief engineer of the project, said construction of the passenger terminal will make the facility one of the largest airports in the world. The KD 1.3 billion project was signed with the Turkish construction company, Limak, on May 2, 2016

18th “Hala February” festival will kick off next month

Arrangements and preparations have been completed for the 18th “Hala February” festival that will kick off early next month, said the Higher Organizing Committee
on Saturday.

The annual month long national festival is part of the efforts to stir tourism, shopping and the entire economic scene, committee member Walid Al-Saqa’bi told KUNA.
Hala February 2017 will include a variety of events and activities, for all ages, including intellectual, literary, cultural, religious, entertainment and sports to promote Kuwait’s civilized image, added Al-Saqa’bi, who is also head of the festival’s media committee. Al-Saqa’bi noted that the 2017 version will also focus on youth’s small and medium-sized enterprises and initiatives. Four major private sector malls are taking part in the festival; one of the most successful shopping events in the Gulf, he noted.

The sector’s participation in the Hala February is growing year after year, he said, expecting up to 10 million reward coupons to be offered over the month. 

Hala February 2017 will offer prizes worth $2 million through a multitude of activities, including daily ones, cash and kinds’ awards. Many of the prizes will be handed over to winners live on and by Kuwait TV. Al-Saqa’bi expected 20 percent increase in participation in the festival.