Sunday, August 29, 2010

Weekends in Q8

My weekends here is a mix bag....extremely busy, lot of house work but also with loads of fun, travelling and exploration. Extremely busy with lot of house work as maids dont work for you during this time; it's no-work and rest time for them. So from morning tea to dinner everything you need to do without any help. Apart from the housework is Mehr and she wants more attention when you remain busy with work.

The best thing about Jeet my hubby is that he loves exploring new places. The last two weekends were awfull. Last weekend we tried marketing in the new Lulu Hypermarket that was opened in Qurain area. Just loved many variety from all over the world. Will write a separate post on this. We visited the Mirror House, a must-visit place in Kuwait. We tried exploring Salmiya. Every time we go to Salmiya with a mind of exploring this area, we see a new face. We had read about Qurain museum and went there. It was our first visit to this area but still Jeet could drive me there without any problem. The museum was close for Ramadan and we took note of the timings and came back.

This weekend we tried marketing in the new Geant supermarket which is opened in Salmiya. Found the first floor to be very crampy but the basement was good. Didnt really enjoy marketing here....not too much variety and also crampy. We visited the Kuwait House of National Works "Memorial Museum" in Kuwait City. The Iraqi invasion is nicely depicted here. As we couldnot visit the Qurain Museum we visited this weekend. Another place which depicts the martyrdom of Kuwaiti people during Iraqi invasion. We also went to Red Palace in Jahra area. This place is in the outskirts of the city and very far from the area we stay. But we enjoyed the drive and the Palace/ Fort which was part of many historic battle. Did some marketing at Mangaf Sultan Center.

Now back to normal housework and tutions till the next weekend!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Food during Ramadan

Any celebration is incomplete without food. So is the case during Ramadan. Ramadan, the holy ninth month of the Muslim calendar is a festive season marked by family get together, late night socializing and special food. It’s a time for inner reflection, devotion to God and self control .They totally abstain from food, drink, smoking and sexual activity from dawn to dusk. The usual practice is to have a pre-fast meal (suhoor) and before dawn and a post –fast meal (iftar) after sunset.

With so many Muslims observing Ramadan from a variety of countries and cultures, many types of food will be prepared. One may eat anything and everything during the night. But the most popular are dates, honey, breads, soups, fruits and olives. However there are certain special dishes. “Harees” is a special Ramadan dish. The wheat (without husks) is cooked over a low fire with mutton pieces for two-three hours. It’s then mashed with a wooden paddle until it reaches porridge like consistency. It is served on a large, flat platter topped with a layer of melted ghee and a little icing sugar mixed with ground cinnamon. This dish is served throughout the Arabian Gulf. “Yireesh” is like “hares”, but tomatoes, onions, garlic and spices are added to the mixture. “Muhallabiya” is a special Ramadan pudding and “Al geymat” is another popular dessert made from fried dough balls dipped in sweet syrup. Some other dishes are “Surtapam”, rolled pancakes with grated coconuts and spiced cardamoms, “Al-Basar”, shredded beef or chicken with semolina and baked like a cake, “Addukku Roti” ,layers of pancakes with a minced beef or chicken filling. Soups like “chorba”(made from tomato based with chickpeas and spices. Some uses vermicelli instead of chickpeas), “Fasulia”(made from green bean and beef stew) and “Bamia”(meat and okra strew) are very famous during Ramadan. Khyar bi Laban(cucumber yogurt salad),Fattoush(bread and vegetable salad),Tabouleh(wheat and herb salad) and Tomatoey Pasta Salad are consume with enthusiasm. Special beverages are also served. These include an apricot beverage called “qamardeen”, a sweet almond drink known as “sherbet beithan”, cold hibiscus flower tea “kerkeday” and “laban” or butter –milk.

Also there are opportunities to enjoy the taste of Ramadan in various restaurants cafes that serve special Ramadan dishes in this special month.

Sweets are part of Kuwait’s traditions especially during the holy month of Ramadan.Ramadan and sweets so hand in hand. A favourite sweet among Kuwaitis and expatriates alike is “Halwa” which is a cross between a moist buttery sugar-infused cake and a pudding, and contains nuts throughout and on top.Kuwaiti halwa often comes in a variety of colours and is flavoured with cardamom,saffron and rosewater.Halwa can be found from the Caucasus to India;its forms and names are various as the countries in which it is enjoyed.In Lebanon they like with cheese and in Turkey it is called Helva. Kuwait’s “Sambosa halwa “which is commonly served during Ramadan and special occasions,uses alomonds and is covered in powdered sugar."Rahash” is another Kuwaiti variety of halwa ,made using sesame seeds,date molasses and sometimes includes pistachio. Fried dumplings or “Legamat " in Kuwait are served in a sugary syrup and are common sweet during this holy month.”Legamat”is v.sweet and is like the Indian zelebe. Kuwaitis do have their own “zelabiya”

Dates are also an essential part of Ramadan tradition as they are mentioned numerous tmes by Prophet Mohammed. A favourite Kuwaiti twist on the plain date is “Temrhiya” which consists of solid dates mixed with butter and flour.Kuwaitis break the fast with a taste of dates and after a meal they sit and enjoy nibbling temriyah or crumbled tumrah (date) cake with coffee."Gher Aghali” is another sweet which is often served on Fridays through out the year.Its a cake like sweet flavoured cardamom and saffron.Another traditional sweets is “Aseeda” which is a heavy block like sugary sweet flavoured with the ususal saffron and cardamom.Though served in Ramadan and special occasion,it is believed to be beneficial postnatal woman for breakfast.

Cows and sheep were prized animals in Kuwait's bedouin past and as such they are prominent in Kuwait's traditional foods even today. 'Ilbhah' is derived from milk taken from cows or sheep on the first day after delivering a calf. The milk is flavored with saffron and cardamom and is thickened to a pudding-like consistency. It is said that Ilbhah had special vitamins and was likened to the colostrum milk women give to their newborns.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Independence Day of India

"Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we will redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.... We end today a period of ill fortune, and India discovers herself again."
- Jawaharlal Nehru
(Speech on Indian Independence Day, 1947)

On 15 August 1947, India attained freedom from the British Rule. Every year, August 15 is celebrated as the Independence Day in India. This national festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm all over the country.

The Independence Day of any country is a moment of pride and glory. On this special occasion, rich tributes are paid to the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives and fought to free their motherland from the clutches of the oppressors - British who ruled the country.

The British, had initially come for trade but gradually took over the total administration of the country. At the strike of midnight of the August 15, 1947, India shook off the shackles of British Rule and became free. It was a night of celebration all over the country. Commemorating the day India attained freedom (15th August); Independence Day is celebrated with flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural programmes all over the country. The main program is held at the Red Fort where the Prime Minster unfurls the National Flag and it is saluted by Guns. The Prime Minister's speech at the Red Fort in Delhi is a major highlight. Patriotic presentations by school children add colors to the celebrations. Delhi’s skyline gets dotted with thousands of kites taking to the sky this day. Similar programmes are held at all the State capitals also.

The preparations begin a month in advance. Roads are decorated with flags and buntings. Buildings of national importance are illuminated.

Independence Day of India Celebrated in Q8

Sixty three years ago, on this day India freed herself from the shackles of British rule to begin an independent journey that shaped her destiny. It is to India’s credit that till today after Independence, she has guarded herself from dictators, military rule, civil war or foreign invasion and continues to shine as the world’s largest democracy. Today it is one of the fastest growing world economies, transforming millions of lives. Always equated with snake charmers, elephants, fakirs, poverty, slums, illiterate, the holy cow, crowd and pollution, India is now known for her educated manpower, software engineers, Bollywood, professional NRIs and business magnets, among other things.

This year I will not be able to attend India's Independence Day celebration at the Indian Embassy,Kuwait as Jeet has his office. It's a working day. But last year it was on a weekend. So we were able to attend it. I will certainly miss the celebration.

Inquisitiveness, curiosity n proudness filled me as I got ready to attend the 62nd Independence Day at Indian Embassy,Kuwait. As we drove to the Embassy at 6.30am to reach and be part of the flag hoisting at 7.10am ,my mind was filled with different thoughts…thoughts of the many Indenpence Day we celebrated in our motherland Assam under the shadow of Assam Bandh . My one year daughter too wake up early that day as if she understood the importance of this special day. As we approach’d the embassy my husband park’d our car atleast 1km from the embassy as there was no space as hundreds of cars were already parked. As we came near the embassy we were pleasantly surprised to see hundreds of Indians from different walks of life and some like me with infants. People had Indian Flags in their hands. I felt so happy and proud when my infant daughter too took a flag and was waving. Jai Hind, Jai Bharat, Mera Bharat Mahan echoed in the air. The “Borah Drummers”, the members are Guajarati Muslims exhibited their talent and skills. Small school children and Doctors community sang patriotic songs. The Indian Ambassador Ajai Malhotra hosted the national tri-colour flag as we all stood there with proudness. He read out the Prime Minister of India Dr Manmohan Singh’s message ,the speech which he gave to millions of Indians from the Red Fort .He also read out the various facilities and schemes that the embassy has taken for thousands of Indian workers. After the cultural programme was over ,the Ambassador met the common people and listen to their grievances if any. Deep feeling of proudness enveloped thousands who gathered there to be part of such a celebration. Mughal Mahal, a famous Indian restaurant gave free breakfast (paratha,chola,sweets) to thousands of people who gathered . Free supplements on Independence Day were distributed by The Times(Kuwait’s premier weekly newspaper) and Arab Times(Kuwait’s national daily).

In a foreign country that too in a Middle East Muslim country like Kuwait we celebrated it so much fun, proudness and most importantly without fear, then why not in our motherland Assam??Can’t we be like rest of India and foreign countries in observing our Independence Day???When will such a day come???These thoughts filled my mind as we drove back home.

I remembered Jawaharlal Nehru’s Independence Day speech…. "Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we will redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.... We end today a period of ill fortune, and India discovers herself again."

Its time for us, all assamese people to defy the Bandh and celebrate it with love, fun and frolic.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Q8 to celebrate first day of Ramadan TODAY

The State of Kuwait announced Tuesday that Wednesday August 11 would mark the first day of Muslims' holy month of Ramadan.

The official authority assigned to officially announce the commecement of Ramadan said Tuesday would mark the last day of Sha'ban in the Hijra Calender.

Other Arab and Muslim countries are also celebrating Ramadan on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Yemen, Sudan and the Sunnis in Iraq, Turkey, Malaysia and Indonesia will be starting to fast as of Wednesday.

Oman, however, will be starting Ramadan on Thursday.

Help during Ramadan in Q8

The Mosques Sector of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs has set up an emergency room to receive complaints and queries of worshippers and mosque-goers during the holy month of Ramadan.

Assistant Undersecretary for Mosques Affairs Waleed Al-Shuaib said in a statement Tuesday this room would provide a "noble service" for worshippers to facilitate performance of rituals.

The emergency room, he said, would start receiving complaints and queries of people over two shifts, morning from 9:00-16:00 and night after the Ishaa Prayer until 23:00 hours.

Al-Shuaib said there would be emergency teams in the departments of mosques in Kuwait's six governorates to immediately deal with any complaint.

The emergency rooms could be reached through the Mosques Sector's website.

The Ministry of Health, meanwhile, also announces preparation of mobile clinics for men and women, as well as provision of seven ambulances at State's Grand Mosque for the last 10 days of Ramadan.

Assistant Undersecretary for Technical Affairs Dr. Khaled Al-Sahwali told KUNA the clinics would be supplied with necessary equipment.

The Grand Mosque is expected to receive around 50,000 worshippers everyday during the last 10 days of Ramadan, with the number growing every passing night.

The ministries of Awqaf and Health are exerting efforts to facilitate the performance of rituals for worshippers. The ministry of interior, however, is working at another front to tackle beggars during Ramadan.

Ministry of Interior Spokesman Brigadier Mohammad Al-Sabr said begging was an "uncivilized phenomenon which negatively affects the society, and this requires that it is being monitored and eliminated." He said in a statement some expatriates were using Ramadan and other religious days to beg and get money illegaly.

The Ministry of Interior is coordinating with related authorities to launching a campaign against begging to ultimately eliminate it, he said.

Al-Sabr called on citizens and expatriates to call emergency number (112) to report beggers.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Interior Ministry warned people against eating in public during Ramadan

The Interior Ministry on Saturday warned citizens and expatriates against eating of drinking in public during the fasting month of Ramadhan, due to commence in few days, because it would be illegal and contradicting with Islamic teachings.

Ministry spokesman Brigadier Mohammad Al-Sabr said any person seen eating of drinking publicly would be fined KD 100 (USD 347) and jailed for one month maximum, or one of these penalties.

Al-Sabr also called on shops and restaurants to abide by the law or face closure.

My Ramadan Experience in Q8

The holy month of Ramadan(which we call Ramzan in India) is going to start from tomorrow. It’s a special month for thousands of Muslims throughout the world. Its ingrained in their culture and thoughts. They look forward to it but for many people like me (expats) living in a Muslim country Kuwait, it’s not a time to lead a normal life. Some people dread it as the entire day-to-day schedule changes. But when we live in a country with different culture and customs, why not try to learn, enjoy and appreciate the significance of this blessed month and its unique experiences?

The word “Ramadan” comes from the root “ramida” or “ar-ramad”,which means dryness or heat. It’s the ninth month of the Islamic calendar or the Hijri calendar based on the lunar year. It begins with the sighting of the new moon and is marked by prayer, fasting and charity. Muslims should also be away from sexual activity and should not eat or drink from dawn to dusk. The fast begins with “sudhoor”, a light meal eaten prior to daylight. At the end of the day the fast is broken with a prayer and a meal call the “iftar”. Any type of food is eaten but the most popular are dates, honey, breads, fruits and olives. Islam is a very considerate religion as minors and mentally retarded are exempted from fasting. And others like aged people can also exempt from fasting by donating a meal to the needy, while people like pregnant women, sick, travelers can fast equivalent number of days later. It’s a time to strengthen family and community ties as they invite one another to share in the Ramadan evening meal. For them it’s a time for late night socializing.

As Holy Quran states “O you who believes! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, so that you may develop Taqwa”(2:183). “Taqwa” is an Arabic word which means state of heart that motivates virtuous conduct and prevents evil action. Thus the holy month provides an annual training opportunity that is meant to fulfill the character building needs for the rest of the year. Fasting serves many purposes. While they are hungry and thirsty, they are reminded of the poor. It also gives the opportunity to practice self control, self discipline and generosity.

For the last three years I have been in Kuwait during the holy month of Ramadan. On the first day of Ramadan I was surprised to see a complete different picture of Kuwait. The streets deserted, departmental shops and malls which always remain full with activities were closed during the day. It was like a Chaka Bandh in India. I enjoy the luxury of getting up late as office timings are re-schedule. People have a relax work time as most government offices usually work between 8.30am to 2.30pm. So are the school hours. From small shops to big malls, restaurants and cafes and all commercial activities remain suspended from morning to dusk and have irregular hours. And those breaking the rules of Ramadan are fined and punished by the government.

But after dusk, all of a sudden the country hustles and bustles with activities. Big shops and malls provide iftar and the entire city gets a festive look .The shops are flooded with different items and they try to attract the buyers by giving special “Ramadan Sale”. Nights in Kuwait gain a new life as people often stay awake socializing and marketing until dawn. Rich Kuwaitis and charitable organization circulate Ramadan gifts, including food items to poor, needy and low income families. I was surprised when children from different residential complex today knocked at my door and gave sweets and chocolates and asked for girgan. I asked my harish(Kuwaiti word for housekeeper) what it is all about. He told me that “Girgan” is a traditional Kuwaiti festival during the middle of Ramadan when children in traditional dress‘s , sing song and visit residential complex’s and distribute chocolates and ask for sweets and candy’s .

The entire Kuwait experience a festive mood. Even at 1 or 2am in the morning one will have difficulty in finding a place to park one’s car. One feel as if the entire country is out shopping and enjoying. But though every nook and corner of the country has a celebratory mood, but the best place to experience the traditional atmosphere of Ramadan in Kuwait, is in the old souks of Mubarakiya. It’s a unique experience to move in the narrow lanes of the souks and be part of hundreds of shoppers that throng the narrow lanes.

Although it’s the Muslims who fast, many non Muslim expats also fast as they do don’t like to eat before their fasting colleagues. What’s impressing and inspiring is the will power people show by fasting in the hot weather. At the beginning of Ramadan, people wish Muslims “Ramadan Kareem” and at the end of the holy month “Eid Mubarak”. The end of Ramadan is marked by a three day special period call “ Eid-ul-Fitr” ,the “ Festival of Fast Breaking”. It’s said to be a gala time in Kuwait as in all Muslim countries, beginning with a special prayer and accompanied by celebration, socializing, festive meals and gift giving. People dress in their finest clothes and adorn their homes with lights and decorations. It’s “Deepawali”time here. I am eagerly waiting for Eid , to enjoy and be part of Kuwait in their celebration.

Welcoming Ramadan In Q8

I have spent the last three Ramadan's in Kuwait. Now I could not imagine spending Ramadan anywhere else but in Kuwait. Its only after coming to Kuwait, I have learned the true meaning of Ramadan.

Kuwait is getting ready in full swing with shops being jostled by last minute shoppers for RAMADAN. The whole country has taken on a new appearance with shops adorned with colorful Ramadan lanterns offering everything from sweets to special drinks for iftar.

I especially love the time just prior to the ‘Suhoor’ meal, which is eaten right before the time for Al-Fajr, or the Dawn, prayer. It is literally the middle of the night. Yet if I look out my window I can see that everyone’s lights are on. And I can smell the scent of delicious tasty Arabic food floating in the air and sneaking into my home through the open window. I make it a habit to sneak a peek outside my balcony door a few minutes after the adhan every morning of Ramadan. The scene is just amazing. The streets are filled with grown men and young boys running down the streets with their prayer mats swung over their shoulders and swinging in the musky air as they head to the mosque, which can be seen from my apartment, to worship Allah.

However, I must say the worst thing that occurs during Ramadan is price of grocery items that increase by 15-25% during Ramadan. This adds an unnecessary burden to families but the public in Kuwait has no choice but to pay the outrageous prices to ensure that their cupboards and refrigerators are full to feed their families and Ramadan guests.

Last week I went for marketing at Lulu Hyper and Qadisiya Co-Operative. Though I had read that the government is trying its best to control price rise, I didnot find it. Infact the Ramadan sale which the shops are putting up is not much too say. In one or two items they are giving sale but the rest is the same.

But you need to visit the Ramadan fair that takes place in Mishref International Fairground. From food items to show pieces to jewellery to kids items they have all and the prices are also not bad. The best part you get variety of them.

What is Ramadan?

RAMADAN, or what we call in India Ramzan, starts from tomorrow. In India, as a kid I remember going to the Eid parties and my muslim friends and their families keeping fast. But it is only after coming to Kuwait I have learned about this holy month. I have understood the true meaning of the term "Ramadan".

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. During the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs during the daylight hours. As a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice, Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking. Muslims are called upon to use this month to re-evaluate their lives in light of Islamic guidance. Ramadan is a time when Muslims concentrate on their faith and spend less time on the concerns of their everyday lives. It is a time of worship and contemplation.

During the Fast of Ramadan strict restraints are placed on the daily lives of Muslims. They are not allowed to eat or drink during the daylight hours. Smoking and sexual relations are also forbidden during fasting. During Ramadan, every part of the body must be restrained. The tongue must be restrained from backbiting and gossip. The eyes must restrain themselves from looking at unlawful things. The hand must not touch or take anything that does not belong to it. The ears must refrain from listening to idle talk or obscene words. The feet must refrain from going to sinful places. In such a way, every part of the body observes the fast. Therefore, fasting is not merely physical, but is rather the total commitment of the person's body and soul to the spirit of the fast. Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint; a time to cleanse the body and soul from impurities and re-focus one's self on the worship of God.

At the end of the day the fast is broken with prayer and a meal called the iftar. In the evening following the iftar it is customary for Muslims to go out visiting family and friends. The fast is resumed the next morning.

During Ramadan, it is common for Muslims to go to the Masjid (Mosque) and spend several hours praying and studying the Quran. In addition to the five daily prayers, during Ramadan Muslims recite a special prayer called the Taraweeh prayer (Night Prayer). The length of this prayer is usually 2-3 times as long as the daily prayers. Some Muslims spend the entire night in prayer. On the evening of the either the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th day* of the month, Muslims celebrate the Laylat-al-Qadr (the Night of Power). It is believed that on this night Muhammad first received the revelation of the Holy Quran. And according to the Quran, this is when God determines the course of the world for the following year.

When the fast ends (the first day of the month of Shawwal) it is celebrated for three days in a holiday called Id-al-Fitr (the Feast of Fast Breaking). Gifts are exchanged. Friends and family gather to pray in congregation and for large meals. In some cities fairs are held to celebrate the end of the Fast of Ramadan.

All Muslims over the age of puberty must observe Ramadan. Those who are exempted include the very young, the sick and the elderly who are too weak. Women in their menses or in labor or after childbirth are given temporary exemptions.

There are many things to learn during the holy month. Muslims learn what it means to be hungry in order to be compassionate for the poor; learn how close we are to leaving this world at any moment and how much humans depend on food and liquids; learn to control so-called animal urges and passions, and clear the minds and thoughts for serious remembrance of God.

Occasions In a Q8ti Society


Society in Kuwait is known for the strong ties between its members. Families, neighbors and friends maintain close relationships, and everyone is ready to share and celebrate special occasions with others. Each family celebrates according to its ability. Among these occasions are:

"Al-Noon” occasion, when a child has its first teeth or takes its first steps. Children of the family, relatives and neighbors are usually invited in the afternoon. The mother spreads a carpet in the courtyard of the house, and goes up to the housetop. Then, she throws candy and nuts down to the invitees from a basket. Children collect candy and nuts in their clothes. The mother presents "Al-Noon" dish to other mothers in the party give.

• “Daq Al-Harees” occasion, means grinding wheat. This occasion is celebrated while preparing for Ramadan. The family buys large amounts wheat, and then invites a group of women skilled in grinding wheat. They grind the wheat while performing, accompanied by women musicians.

Religious occasions, these holidays maintained its importance, and people reverently await them. Celebration of religious occasions differed today. On religious holidays, stores and institutions close their doors. Families and friends exchange visits.

"Al-Mawled Al-Nabawy" marks one of the important religious holidays, which is the celebration of the Prophet Muhammad's birthday. During the day, spiritual atmosphere spreads and people sing chants of praise and read the Holly Qur'an. Clothes and money are given to the poor. The Lesser Bairam, which comes after Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, and the Greater Bairam, which comes on the tenth day of Dhul-Hejja, are important religious holidays. Some religious holidays, like Al-Mawled Al-Nabawy, Al-Israa Wa Al-Mearaj (the Night of Muhammad's Ascension) and the New Hejri Year are one celebrated for one day, whereas, celebrations of the Lesser Bairam is for three days and of the Greater Bairam is for four days.

Among the religious occasions celebrated in Kuwait is a celebration called “Al-Qarqiaan”. It is on the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth nights of Ramadan. As in the past, children wander through the neighborhood while singing and praying to Allah to protect the children of the houses they visit. The mothers present them candy and nuts.

Receiving the divers on their return, a party is prepared on the arrival of the divers after long period at the sea. All city men, women and children go to the beach and receive the divers in great celebration.

• Other holidays according to the Gregorian calendar include: New Year on January 01, National Day, celebrating Kuwait independence in 1961, on February 25, and Liberation day, celebrating Kuwait liberation from the oppressive Iraqi occupation, on February 26.

Citizens go on outdoor picnics in the deserts in the spring. They go to the seaside in the summer. Due to the change in Kuwaiti life manner, activities like pearl diving, fishing, business travel and shipbuilding disappeared. Accordingly, many celebrations, such as traditional songs, dances and activities disappeared.


Families always treated marriage as an important occasion. Lots of money is usually spent on it. In the past, marriage was a means of strengthening bonds between families of similar social and financial levels and having similar creed. The family used to choose the partner, rather than the bride or the groom.

When it was difficult to find a partner from the relatives, a matchmaker handles this matter for the family. When the matchmaker found a suitable girl, she would inform the groom’s family. After the family of the groom agreed, the matchmaker would inform the bride's family. After the consent of both families, a date is arranged for meeting.

During the engagement period, the fiancée was not allowed to leave the house or meet anybody. The father of the groom would give his son's fiancée a sum of money to buy a wedding gift. This gift was called “Daza”. The "Daza" consisted of four valuable garments, two rolls of cloth, towels, bed covers and blankets. A band of women specialized in giving parties would carry the wedding gift to the fiancée's house on Monday or Thursday night. Under lantern light, the band would sing all the way from the fiancé's house to the fiancée's house. If the fiancée's father accepted the gift, this meant that he blessed the marriage. He would prepare the bride's trousseau.

On the wedding night, the groom would walk from his house to his wife’s accompanied by his father, uncles, relatives and neighbors. When he reached the bride’s house, songstresses would receive him.

A party called “Jalwa” was, sometimes, held for the bride in the house of her family. In the "Jalwa", the bride would be wearing a green garment and sitting on a special seat. A green silk scarf would be thrown over her. Some women of the family and musicians would hold the edges of the scarf, raising and lowering it, following the rhythm of a traditional song. Then, the bride would be carried on her seat to the room where the groom waits.

The first week for the newlyweds would be spent at the girl’s house. After this week, the couple would move to the house of the groom’s family in a procession with family and neighbors. The new wife’s mother would not be allowed to go with her daughter as it was considered a bad omen.

The change in the social relations in Kuwait was reflected in the way of choosing life partner. Relationships between men and women became to some extent more flexible. Young men now meet girls at family social occasions, university, work, clubs and other places.

As a result, a Kuwaiti girl can become engaged to a man from outside the family. A Kuwaiti man who is studying abroad may marry a foreigner. Moreover, higher education and job opportunities have led to delaying the regular age of marriage till twenty-three or twenty-four.

After choosing a partner, family approval must be attained. Then, formal traditions, which are a mixture of the old and the new, play a vital role. As in the past, the young man proposes to the girl by asking for her hand in marriage from her father or one of family elders if her father was dead. Afterwards, they would discuss financial matters such as the dowry. When all matters are settled, an engagement party is held in the girl’s house to celebrate the occasion.

The engagement period is not fixed; however, it usually lasts for one month. Wedding party is, usually, given in large public halls or in hotels. A party is given for just men to congratulate the groom and another separate party is given for women to sing and celebrate.

Q8 Regime

Kuwait is an independent country with a constitution. It has a democratic amiri regime. His Highness the Amir of the State is the ruler of the country. Kuwait National Assembly must enact country laws. The number of the assembly members is 50, chosen by people every 4 years through free and fair elections. Authorities in Kuwait are divided into legislative, executive and judiciary and the Amir is the head of the authorities. Pursuant to Kuwait Constitution, no parties might be formed despite the existence of parliamentary blocs. Kuwait's system of government is monarchical and constitutional. It derives its legitimacy from Kuwait Constitution. Hence, the authority is transferred between the members of the ruling family; the family of Mubarak Al-Sabah. The title of Kuwait ruler is Amir and he rules through the cabinet. Decrees are not executed unless approved by the Amir. Only the Amir can issue pardons. Kuwait government system is both parliamentary and presidential; as all laws enacted by Kuwait National Assembly are not valid until signed by the Amir within one month. After the month, if they are not signed, they are in force same as being signed. If laws and legislations are returned to the Assembly; then approved, they become in force without Amir signature.

Currency Of Q8

Kuwaiti Dinar is the official currency of Kuwait. Each Dinar comprises of 1000 fils. Kuwait currency consists of six categories in denominations: Quarter (¼) of Dinar, Half (½) of Dinar, One (1) Dinar, Five (5) Dinars, Ten (10) Dinars and Twenty (20) Dinars).

History of Q8 Dinar:

The first attempt to issue a national currency was during the reign of the fifth Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Abdullah bin Sabah bin Jaber Al-Sabah. In order to reflect the independance of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Abdullah ordered the coining of a national currency. The first coins were made using simple tools like hammers, hence, their shape was irregular and each coin was different than the other. The value of this currency equaled one paisa. After the circulation of only a few hundred pieces of this currency in the markets for few months, it was withdrawn for the following reasons:

• During that period, Kuwait used the Rupee of Queen and Empress Victoria. Among its divisions was the paisa.

• The Indian paisa had the greater share in the market, as result of India’s powerful gold reserve.

• Kuwait had no gold reserve to foster its national currency.

The current Kuwaiti Dinar underwent several changes and developments throughout the Kuwaiti history. After concluding an accord between the Kuwaiti government and the Indian government, the first Kuwaiti Dinar was issued. Hence, all Indian banknotes and coins were withdrawn from the Kuwaiti markets as of April 1961 to be sent back to India. During the following two months, the Kuwaiti Banks and the Post Offices replaced the Indian Rupee with the Kuwaiti Dinar. Since one Dinar equaled 13.33 Indian Rupees, a total of 342 million Indian Rupees were replaced by 25.646.110 Kuwaiti Dinars during these two months.

The first Kuwaiti banknotes carried the photo of the late Amir of Kuwait; Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, the signature of the Chief of the Council of Finance at that time; Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and pictures of renaissance landmarks in the State of Kuwait. The phrase "The Kuwaiti Emirate" was engraved on the coins. After one year of dealing with this coin, the phrase was replaced by the word "Kuwait" after independence.

On June 1, 1968, the Law No. 32 was issued to organize banking, the Kuwaiti currency and the Central Bank of Kuwait. Nine years later, the Central Bank released new banknotes for circulation on the following phases:

• The first phase dated November 17, 1970. The new banknotes were of values ten (10) dinars, half (½) of dinar and quarter (¼) of dinar. On April 20, 1971, five (5) dinar and one (1) dinar banknotes were released. They carried the photo of the late Amir of Kuwait; Sheikh Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah.

• The second phase dated November 20, 1980. In the reign of Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the Central Bank of Kuwait issued new banknotes.

• The third phase dated January 27, 1986. The Central Bank of Kuwait issued a new twenty (20) Dinar banknote. It was circulated starting from February 9, 1986.

• The fourth phase dated March 24, 1991. This currency release was characterized by its new and different colours. After the aggressive Iraqi invasion, Kuwaiti banknotes, assets and the gold reserve were robbed from the Central Bank of Kuwait. Hence, this new release came in different shape and colours to prevent the Iraqi invaders from benefiting from the stolen Kuwaiti banknotes. Banks and banking services stopped during the period from August 2, 1990 until the expulsion of the enemy.

• The fifth phase dated April 3, 1994. This release of national banknotes is the currently circulated currency in Kuwait. It is distinguished by the high technology and security techniques used in the domain of manufacturing and printing the banknotes.

After independence, and to mark the achievements reached in Kuwait in all aspects of life, the Central Bank of Kuwait released gold and silver coins and commemorative banknotes on the national occasions for the Kuwaitis and currency collectors.

Q8's Amir

D Curriculum Vitae of His Highness the Amir of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (May Allah protect him)

- On January 29, 2006, he was unanimously proclaimed as Amir of the State of Kuwait.

- On July 13, 2003, he became Prime Minister as per Amiri Decree.

- On October 18, 1992, he became the first Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

- On March 3, 1985, he became Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

- In the period from March 4, 1981 to February 9, 1982, he became Minister of Information, in addition to his posts as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

- On February 16, 1978, he became Deputy Prime Minister, in addition to his post as Minister of Foreign Affairs.

- In the period from February 2, 1971 to February 3, 1975, he became Deputy Minister of Information, in addition to his post as Minister of Foreign Affairs.

- On January 28, 1963, he was assigned the post of Foreign Minister.

Since the Independence until April 20, 1991, His Highness assumed this post throughout all the governments.

- On January 17, 1962, he became Minister of Guidance and Information.

- In 1955, he became the Head of the Department of Press and Publications.

- He is a member of the Organizational Body of the Higher Council.

- He is a member of the Building and Construction Council.

- He completed his studies with private tutors.

- He was educated at Kuwait schools.

- On June 6, 1929, he was born in Kuwait.

- Social status: Widower and father to three sons and one daughter.

- Languages: Good command of English.

- Hobbies: Fishing

Weather in Q8

All year round, Kuwait has hot and dry climate. Temperatures in the summer ranges between 30°C and 50°C. In winter, temperature drops to less than 10°C. Humidity rates may range between 75 and 100. Summer starts in May and ends in October. The highest rates of humidity are recorded usually during August and September. During Spring and Winter, the temperature is moderate with cool breeze blowing.

But this year the entire July month was horribly humid. Even last year the same was the condition. 

The best month to stay in Kuwait is the month of November.

Taxi's in Q8

Kuwait is distinguished by a variety of means of transportation. Taxies are one of the most distinct transportation means in Kuwait. Many taxi offices are located everywhere and ready to transport you from a place to another inside Kuwait. Taxi-drivers hired can drive you to any place you want inside Kuwait. They are highly skilled and provided with full knowledge of Kuwait maps and places. In addition, many required taxies are available to meet all client needs.

The following table presents the names of the taxi offices and their contact details.

 Name       Phone Number

British Taxi 23912282 - 22391229

Al-Osta Taxi 22410534 - 22412239

Al-Rissalah Taxi 25730398 - 25758779

Special Taxi 23921700 - 23921800

Al-Millionaire Taxi 22666995 - 22666994

Al-Wehdah Taxi 25528500 - 25528900

Burgan Taxi 25750043- 25750042

Mishwar Taxi 25729727 - 25729728

Al-Jamaher Taxi 25733100 - 25733400

Asia Taxi 24888074 - 24888075

Emirates Taxi 24745006- 24745007

Al-Abraj Taxi 24319940

Al-Arz Taxi 23727755- 22612763

Al-Alfain Taxi 24810630 - 25613100

Al-Aman Taxi 23721112 - 23711115

Al-Omam Taxi 22404846

Al-Amwaj Taxi 22654938

Al-Awal Taxi 25323091 - 25321883

Al-Basha Taxi 1808055

Al-Tahreer Taxi 24812200 - 25399448

Al-Duro'o Taxi 22450777- 25633332

Al-Rifa'a Taxi 22422112

Al-Rige'e Taxi 24881986

Al-Riad Taxi 22427750

Al-Sahel Taxi 23917161 - 23727707

Middle East Taxi 25726644- 25712383

Al-Sadaqa & Al-Salam Taxi 22617776- 22617775

Al-Sarraf Taxi 25710712

Al-Qadsiyah Taxi 25733504

Hanadi Taxi 22644912

Al-Mokhtar Taxi 23911211 - 23910023

Al-Malek Taxi 22622244 - 25733114

Al-Manameh Taxi 23901399 - 23902490

Sara Taxi 25338545

Salwa Taxi 25658203 - 25658219

Metro Manila Taxi 25633307

Mustafa Karam Taxi 23980044 - 23980045

Makati Manila Taxi 25753004 - 25753003

Happy Land Taxi 23919981 - 23919983

Wahet Al-Jahra Taxi 24673000 - 24559222

Al-Ta'er Taxi 25423188 - 25628222

Al-Rimal Al-Dahabiah Taxi 25726444- 25722111

Al-Sultan Taxi 24804363

Al-A'ali Taxi 24766401

Al-Quds Taxi 22413414 - 25392176

Al-Qimmah Taxi 25622400 - 25622110

Al-Hatef Taxi 25511355

Al-Huda Taxi 25714811- 24678881

Al-Reef Taxi 24717044

Al-Jamaheer Taxi 25643400

Al-Hizam Al-Azraq Taxi 25638006

Al-Areej Taxi 1808022

Al-Ta'er Taxi 22626333- 22626999

Al-Jamaheer Taxi 24844888 - 23940002

Mishwar Taxi 25442246 - 25442247

Al-Farraj Taxi 23715544 - 23716644

Al-Imtiyaz Taxi 22622900- 22630800

Al-Mostaqbal Taxi 23844999 - 23908777

Al-Doctor Taxi 23716600- 23716611

Paris Taxi - 24733337 - 24733336

Al-Zahra'a Taxi 24738446- 24740773

Shopping In Q8

Kuwait provides special shopping opportunities. It has many markets, shops and malls which present a variety of products like: clothes, cosmetics, perfumes, jewelry, gifts, equipments, and international brand products. This variety of products addresses different styles. That is why malls were established by using an architectural style that provides the shopper with the feeling of comfort and entertainment during shopping. At the same time, it provides the sellers with enough areas to display their products with creative and attractive ways for shoppers. When you feel exhausted during shopping; you can refresh yourself by drinking fresh drinks and eating fast meals from a variety of restaurants and cafes. They are widespread in many markets and malls all over Kuwait governorates. Every 2-3 month you get to hear about a new mall.

The following are the names of some famous Malls....

Kuwait City (Capital)

Sharq Mall

Al Salhia Mall

Arraya Mall

Dar Al-Awadi Mall

Ghawali Centre

Al Awqaf Mall

Center point

Al Muthanna Mall

Al Khaleejiah Mall

Al Mubarakia Market (Popular)

Discovery Mall


Al Mohallab Mall

Al Rihab Mall

Al Othman Mall

Al Bahr Center / Plaza

Al Ayoub Mall

Beirut Mall

Northern Noqrah Mall

Southern Noqrah Mall

360° Mall


Marina Mall

Al Fanar Mall

Al Bustan Mall

Al Thuraya Mall

Central Plaza

Gallery 2000

Laila Gallery

Tala Mall

Mariam Mall

Zahra Mall

Sultan Mall

Al Salmiya Market (Popular)

City Center

Marks and Spencer

Omniya Center

Shaha Complex


Al Kout Mall

Al Manshar Mall

Ajyal Mall

Kuwait Magic

Center point

Fahaheel Market (Popular)

Al Dabous Mall

Al Anoud Mall


Al Magater Mall

Al Hamra Mall

Mubarak Alsaifee Mall

Al Arbeed Plaza

Manawer Mall

The Avenues Mall


Da'idjani Center mall

Sumait Plaza mall

AlDaboos mall


Salil Al Jahra Mall

Al Khema Mall

Wara Mall

Tiba Mall

Awtad Mall

Al Alamia Mall

Mubarak Alkabeer

Alqurain City markets


Al Bairaq Mall ( AlEgaila city )

Cinemas in Kuwait

Cinemas in Kuwait represent unique modern features for art of architecture in the twenty first century. Many cinema screens display movies from allover the world. The cinema halls are designed to be comfortable, large and spacious. To ensure that Audiences enjoy their time, cinema screens are large and the sound is enhanced with 3D effect.

During the afternoon, make sure you spend your time in one of cinemas in Kuwait, including: Al-Sharqia, Al-Fanar, Ajial, Metro, Plaza, Laila Gallery, Shaab, Marina, Muhallab, Al-Kout, Sulaibekhat, Granada and Avenues Cinema.

check this link. you can book your tickets online

Restaurants In Q8

Kuwait is a country where people love to eat....not only Kuwaiti food but food from different countries of the world. You will be surprise to see number of Kuwaiti people in non-kuwaiti restaurents. The variety of restaurants in Kuwait reflects its global nature.
The following table lists the names and data of the most important restaurants in Kuwait.......

Hotels....... Restaurants

JW Marriott

Name Phone Number

Terrace Grill ( Steakhouse ) 22455550(2304)

Kei ( Japanese ) 22455550(2289)

La Brasserie ( International ) 22455550(2286)

The Palms Beach Hotel & Spa

Name Phone Number

Palmerie ( International ) 1824060

Shogun ( Japanese ) 1824060

The Pool Bar 1824060

Al-Muhallab ( Seafood ) 1824060

Hilton Kuwait Resort

Name Phone Number

The Teatro ( International ) 22256222

Blue Elephant ( Thai ) 22256222

Song Bird ( Café ) 22256222

Radisson SAS

Name Phone Number

Al Bustan ( International ) 25756000

Al Boom Steak & Seafood 25756000

Peacock ( Chinese ) 25756000

Sheraton Kuwait Hotel & Towers

Name Phone Number

Al Hambra ( International ) 22422055

Bukhara ( Indian ) 22422055

Riccardo ( Italian ) 22422055

Shahrayar ( Iranian ) 22422055

Le Tarbouche ( Lebanese ) 22422055

Ramada Kuwait

Name Phone Number

AlJawahar ( Indian ) 1821111

Steak Palace ( American ) 1821111

Lozuan ( International ) 1821111

Al Manshar Rotana

Name Phone Number

Failaka ( International ) 23931000

Library Lounge ( Café ) 23931000

Bay View ( Snack) 23931000

Swiss-Belhotel Plaza

Name Phone Number

Al Dallah ( International ) 22436686

Bait AlKuwait ( kuwaiti ) 22436686

Ritz Salmiya

Name Phone Number

The Boutique Lounge ( Café ) 25739971

Dunes ( international ) 25739971

Movenpick Hotel & Resort Al Bida'a

Name Phone Number

Moevenpick ( International ) 22253100

Beldani ( Sea Food ) 22253100

Veranda ( Café ) 22253100

Courtyard by Marriott

Name Phone Number

Atrium Lounge (International) 22997000

Tiramisu Lounge (International) 22997000

Il Forno Italian Cuisine ( Italian ) 22997000

Ghani Palace

Name Phone Number

Bain Al-Qasrain ( Shisha ) 25710301(852)

Fateera Bar ( Egyptian ) 25710301

The Kuwait Continental

Name Phone Number
Gardenia ( Arabic ) 22529373

Darbar ( Indian ) 22529373

Le Meridien Kuwait

Name Phone Number

Al.Marsa ( Seafood ) 22510999

Capri ( international ) 22510999


Name Phone Number

Thuraya ( Chinese and Indian ) 22528766

Khan Al Khalili ( Coffee Shop ) 22528766

Four Points By Sheraton

Name Phone Number

Asseef ( international ) 22422055

The Oasis

Name Phone Number

Tipu Sultan ( Indian ) 22465489

Safir International

Name Phone Number

The Sea Breeze ( international ) 22533000

Espresso Lounge ( Coffeeshop ) 22533000

Crowne Plaza

Name Phone Number

Al Ahmadi ( international ) 24742000

Al Noukhaza ( Seafood ) 24742000

Ayam Zaman( Lebanese ) 24742000

Rib Eye ( Steak House ) 24742000

Sakura ( Japanese ) 24742000

Shabestan ( Iranian ) 24742000

Fauchon ( Café ) 24742000


Name Phone Number

Six Palms Lounge ( International ) 22230030

Atlantis ( Seafood ) 22230030


Name Phone Number

Al Dente ( Italian ) 24610033

Bays ( International ) 24610033

Tea Lounge ( teashop ) 24610033

Cuts ( Brazilian ) 24610033

Hawthorn Hawally

Name Phone Number

T-Garden 22626111

Bucks Corner 22626111

Artizana Restaurant 22626111

9teen Cafe 22626111

Sky-bar Cafe 22626111

Light Bite 22626111

Kuwait Restaurants

Fish and Sea Food

Name Phone Number

Fisher Net 25745040

Al Rebiana 25728706

Sayadeia 22421231

Bahar 25511003

The SeaFood 25721010

Almutamaiz 22655587

Al Maram Fish 25633778

AlMarsa 22510999

Teto Fish 25721409

Golden Midar 25644140

Al-Noukhaza 24742000

Gaad 22644042

Gambary Al Khaleej 23722060

Gmparena 25614855

Robian Al Kuwait 25728706

Sea Shell 23283603

Shrimpy Sea Food 1802662

Fish Market 25755522

Al Hadaq Abu Obaid 22425626

Asian Restaurants

Name Phone Number

Althuraya 22529052

Green Garden 22458587

Pakistani plate 22424227

Korean restaurant 25634200

AlLayli 24330306

Pak Mahal 25655981

Danat Al Bahrain 22659620

Delytes 22418040

Dewan Al Sharq 22441807

Watan AlKuwait 22411097

Classic Shop 23925783

Koryo Kwan 22452740

Pezar 25751303

Wah Ji Wah 25651027

Uniwide 22427887

Turkish Restaurants

Name Phone Number

Al Bustan Al Turki 23721626

Turkish House 25520245

Al Mansoorin Al Turkey 23911543

Rawabi Istanbol 25749966

Frish Istanbulli 25660565

Al Baida Pearl 25623333

Iranian restaurants

Name Phone Number

Kabab Al Hoja 22517511

Al Safeer Al Jadeed 23718340

Sadaf Al Abyad 22400520

Al Ahad 23919090

Al Hashemi 25751500

Anwar Ashfan 23988669

Baba Taher 22456241

Bahar 23911566

Khan Salar 25619922

Diafat AL Dera 22657733

Shater Abbas 22420030

Abdulazeem 22666200

Shabab Al Hoja 22620700

Shabestan 24742000

Bahar 25523458

Shahrayar 22422055

Eash O Kabbab Alteeb 22512128

Caesar Al Farwaniya 24738777

Kabab AlSadaf 24768736

Kabab Al Gadeer 23722830

Kabab Safi 25616356

Danat Al Hoja 24803333

Laiali Tahran 25613312

Caesar 24577320

Ma'arafy 22427866

Wardat Al Rumaitheia 25640227

Wardat Mash'had 23722799

American Restaurants

Name Phone Number

Applebee's 22407536

Buffalo's Café 25728989

Ponderosa 25738211

Terrace Grill 22455550

Chilli's 22453300

Johnny Rockets 25750404

Jeans Grill 25719621

Rip-eye steak 24742000

Ruby Tuesday 22444454

Steak Palace 1821111

Subway 25748974

Fuddruckers 22460110

T.G.I. Fridays 2254430

Hard Rock Cafe 25710005

The Burger Hub 22464818

Italian Restaurants

Name Phone Number

Aldanti 24610033

Alforno 22997000

Pasta Mania 25356655

Bredz 22407707

Prego Al Italia 25737500

Piano Piano 22533993

Pizza Express 22560273

Johnny Carinos 22663050

Recardo 22422055

Sabarro 1822833

Shearouse bum and Dora 22424004

La Piazza 22426639

Loranzo Café 22400747

Chinese Restaurants

Name Phone Number

Royal Taj Mahal 25759286

China House 25713360

Chinese Park 24889644

China Town 23722700

Al Ziyarah 22439574

Echo 24713388

Wok and Roll 25310857

Chopsticks 25617243

China Hut 23717474

China Kitchen 25738756

China Express 25342399

Anushka 25644239

Pasta 25738226

Mughlai Golden 23912130

Sky Land Chinese 25732646

China lake 25713073

Oriental 25720799

Little Dragon 25318388

Saesar Hawalli 22616191

Mestar Shaw 25638544

Daawat 23724251

Marina Tai 22420620

Al Faez 25739954

Mughal Mahal 25722223

Kuwait and Gulf Food

Name Phone Number

Al Za'afarany 22644421

Kuwait Dish 22611313

Al Faner 22626205

Machboos and Dakoos 24864861

Al Mashaheer 23721116

Al Matbakh Al Jawal 23710016

Kuwaity Kitchen 24745889

Balaleet 22634342

Geslan Al Yaman 23711757

Al Diwan Kitchen 23722999

Dalaksosahail 22453555

Raeha 24896652

Alwateah Beach 22422077

Sawt Al Hind 22433628

Fifty Five 22545307

Qaser Al Shalal 22453784

Mejabees Al Deerah 25658602

Al Khaleeji Kitchen Center 24555591

National Kitchen Center 22622265

Ben Ateej Restaurants Center 22622343

Markeez 24717176

Al Dahla 22456339

Madni Roboua Hadramoot 24553371

Rice and Dakoos 25755622

Lebanese Restaurants

Name Phone Number

Tarbosh 22422055

Villa Fayrouz 22652030

Villa Fayrouz Express 25755527

Mais Al Ghanim 22460457

Al Aumaraa Palace 23987882

Al Berdawny Palace 25661118

Al Saraya Palace 25711101

Al faria Palace 24833479

Classical 25740077

Lasigal 22417290

Baradayz 25717170

Al Arza 25324918

Al Hadeeka 25634200

Awtar Lebnon 22244815

Ayam Zaman 24742000

Barbar 22419797

Burj Al Hamam 22529095

Blato 25747181

Bahar Lebnan 22626388

Swan 22424969

Abd elwahab 1821000

Palm Palace 25733030

Fakher Al Din Palace 22423180

Yaldez Palace 22455212

Qema Gabal Al Sheekh 22623123

Blan Cafee 22244644

Kababchi Lebnon 2861616

Al Sheif Kleez Restaurant 22616060

Zaatar Restaurant 22244888

Tannourin 23927555

Mais Al Reem 25736221

Al Hoosh Al Lebnani 25710301

Al Reef Al Lebnani 25744744

Andalousi Palace 25758883

Lebanese Restaurant 22455313

Al Mezaneen 22452740

Borto 22456651

Bayroot 24816005

Al Den House 22630669

Zaatar and Zait 1800333

Samara'a Beirut 25713005

Al Sonober 25715123

French Restaurants

Name Phone Number

Dalloyau Paris 25712541

Foshon 24742000

Creperie 25755995

Lopan 25633684

Lenotre Paris 1805050

Panini 22422245

Pizza Restaurants

Name Phone Number

Mary Brown 25744414

Pizza Express 22256222

Pizza Hut 1815050

Domino's Pizza 1800800

Little Caesars Pizza 1888855

Thai Restaurants

Name Phone Number

Thailand Restaurant 22470400

Ceabres 22533000

Pattaya 22408052

Marina Thai 22420620

Ice Cream and Juice

Name Phone Number

Al Faris Ice Cream and Sweets 25716639

Al Kawakeb 22422225

Bekdash Al Sham Ice Cream 22624050

Jelato Italiano 22434434

Star Juice 25717442

World 25663638

Mango World 25733305

Almunish Juice 66662378

Cocktail Beirut 22400809

Janat alfawakih Juice 24729080

Sweets and Confectioneries - Orient

Name Phone Number

Allits 23924070

Center Lebaneseanon 24809142

Al Tibawi Sweets 22612636

Anwar Al Jahra 24561916

Bait Alkanafa 25721409

Aljameel 22613826

Afrah laialy sharg 24745252

Ameer Al Omarae Bakery 22637777

Al Aqsa Sweet 22647096

Mr. Baker 25322250

Sweet Dalia 24889251

Sweet Mart 22610212

Sea sweet 23719810

Safi 22553344

Aman Green 22622198

Chakleet 23710060

Gulf Wings Sweets 24587875

Delezia Sweets and Pastries 25325030

Delice Sweets 22666647

Zamani Sweets 22445898

Sasheeh 23963888

Sirdah 25729393

Swiss Corner 22551196

Al Ramlawy Patisseries 25737407

Al Tayebat Café Sweets 24887399

Le Baton Sale 25423689

Larissa Sweets 24555500

Dawoud alsham 24568818

Layali Al Sharq Sweets 24585006

Alshabah 24565444
Sweets - Chocolates

Name Phone Number

Arosa 22546473

Cake N bake 1834834

Italian Mill 24765800

Amigo 24824876

Romani 1826060

Patchi 22659944

Ganash 25330404

Godiva 25713088

Das Kaldis 22468307

Empress 22620044

Roche 25325277

Rev Du Chocolate 22434578

Chocolate 25728222

La Cado 22561599

Baskouta 25644525

Sweet and Confectioneries - Pastry

Name Phone Number

Aldikan 22412282

Arousa 22627255

Volteer 25738080

Opera 25339605

Planet Donuts 25716185

Donut House 22424599

Rose Patisserie 25644432

Sable Sweets 24832070

La Paris Sweets 25326699

La Baguette 25333311

Lafransaise 25329232

Lenotre Paris 1805050

Lotus Al Nile 25735202

Sultan Center Bakery 25719620

Egyptian Restaurants

Name Phone Number

Gad 22644041

Al Hakem 22623747

Koshari Joha 22632699

Hussni 22651006


Name Phone Number

Gardenia 2527300

Derbar 2527300

Barbeques and Grills

Name Phone Number

Anwar Al Patool 25618737

Abo Tammam 23714145

Rawabi Al Ahmadi 23984145

Kuwait 24318954

Ashtar 25618714

Lebanies Stars 24720452

Al Amoura 25645050

Motka kocktail 22413377

AlBoom 25756000

Al Beirouty Restaurant 25327495

Al Madiaf Palace 22562271

Al Sabeel Al Hadi 22659638

Al Safena Al Syaheia 24550888

Al Sewes 24750017

Al Aseel Palace 24731954

Al Murjan Palace 25614036

Caporia 25724987

Cactus Cabana - Yum Yum Tree 24348498

Kababji lenanon 22461616

Al.Bambotiya 22422809

Kanary Aman 22241222

Asteak 25712555

La France 23728000

Al Azraq 25712555

Nabea Al Arad 23729659

Nabe'a Al Hana 23912383

Al Shaheed Al Lebnani 25729377

Al Naseem 24572355

Al Huda 24737545

Al Wazzan 24846325

Halab Al Kubra 25712815

Danat Al Raei 24343343

Al.Tabaee 22660604

Al.safadi 25753555

Doaa and shata 22401406

Ayen Kanari 24563343

Ghadeer Al Bustan 23988033

Fatoosh 24816686

Al.kafaa 24745725

Fersan Al Dirah 24747034

Layalee 23904113

Liali Al Zabadini 24555639

Marosh 25727381

Marosh Two 25633900

Shahd Al Asal Restaurant 22627606

Al.Qema 25733355

Makarina 25717599

King of grill 22406996

Rays one 25757408

Jawad 25657774

Awafi 23904409

Turkesh mansoury 23911543

Arabian Café

Name Phone Number

Al.Sukaria 25710301

Al.Shalal 25634200

Ahllan ib hal tala 22662206

Board 22456651

Khan al khaleeli 22529052

Tarab 22406339

Fandoum and romantic 25726660

Layali al helmia 22635670

Anfa 23723334

Al.Apraj 22404102

Al.Pashawat 22408793

Al.Sameria 22422878

Al.Saif 22407701

Al.Hadhoud 22429061

Gulf Boom 22640340

Diwan Al.Sharq 22410936

Sterada Dalamori 25757141

Sheeq 25738586

Lail ya lail 22657775

Maha Al.Kuwait 22435333

Safari 24741060

Al.Khema 24337589

Coffee Shop

Name Phone Number

Adam 25756000

Express 22409334

Garden 22510999

Pam Pam 25752244

Paul 22244588

True Value 24812336

Tea Lounge 24610033

Costa 22244634

Choclate bar 22244880

The Coffee Bean Tea Leaves 25714174

Rio Café 25732226

Starbucks 22244729

Second Cup 25731671

Center Point 24734160

Marina Thai,Q8

The variety of restaurants in Kuwait reflects its international nature. These restaurants does not represent Kuwaiti, English, Egyptian, Lebanese or Syrian kitchens, but they are include American, Hindi, Chinese, Thai and Italian kitchens. Each restaurant has its own flavor which refers to its nationality. In addition to dishes from all around the world, you can also be acquainted with the various cultures and traditions of these countries as if you are visiting a new country.

Another nice place you can plan your lunch or dinner in is Marina Thai. At Marina Thai they serve authentic Thai food. It is currently open only in Kuwait, but the company  plans it to open in other places in the Middle East. Marina Thai was established in 1994 in Kuwait but grew to become the largest Thai Fast Food Chain in Kuwait.

You can find Marina Thai all around Kuwait.....@ Souq Sharq, @ Mahboulah, @ Souq Al Salmiah, @ Muhalab Center, @ Al Kout and @ Jabriya. I plan my dinner or lunch at their Souq Al Salmiah branch when I go for marketing at City Center.

Be it Pad Thai Chicken, Sen Mee Crystal Noodles, Special Mixed Rice, Ka Phad Kai Chicken Rice, Forever Chilli Shrimps, Shrimps Satay, Tom Yum Kong Soup and much are sure to enjoy every dish in their menu.

So try it will surely love.

Gokul Restaurant,Q8

Hi everyone. I have been absconding for sometime from my blog. First it was Jeet who was away for 9days. It was me and my lot of invitations from friends and both went out and had a ball of time. Then i got very busy preparing for my daughter's birthday and then again few personal things kept me very busy.

But i am back and will try to update my blog regularly. For my daughter's birthday party we ordered sweets and snacks from a newly opened vegetarian restaurant GOKUL at Abu Halifa block 1. Everybody loved them. Infact, during Jeets absence I ordered food from there and I just loved it. If you are missing the Chats, Bhels, Pav Bhaji's,Dosa's of India, then this is a nice place to visit. The special Gujrati thali they serve during the weekend is also a nice try. If you stay in Abu Halifa then they give free home delivery but you need to order minimum 2KD.

The following is the address....
Abu Halifa, Block1, Street 9
Building No 62,64
Phone 23717273