Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Indians In Kuwait Presents: “Diwali Mela” Community Celebration

Being associated with IIK for long, I would have loved to be part of this Diwali Mela, which is organised for the 1st time but as we have our association programme on the same date it is just not possible to be part of it.

Anyway, those free should try to visit it and enjoy......

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Safat Home- Alghanim Offer

Photo: There are only a few more hours left to get a sofa bed for 29KD, so hurry to your nearest Safat Home. Remember to bring a print out of the advert below to claim this amazing offer. Offer ends today.

“Out of Kuwait” Exhibition At The Museum of Modern Art Kuwait

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The Contemporary Art Platform (CAP), British Council Kuwait and the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters, will celebrate “Out of Kuwait” who brings together the work of twelve Kuwait-based artists who have examined and reinterpreted the theme of landscape art during a one month artist residency programme called “Landscapes Expanded.” The exhibition presents the artists’ analysis of their everyday surroundings and comments on the social, political, and physical landscapes of contemporary Kuwait.

This unique opportunity was inspired by the best of Britain’s Landscape artists, whose work is seen in the British Council’s “Out of Britain”exhibition currently open at Contemporary Art Platform Kuwait. The programme has given artists living in Kuwait the chance to explore contemporary issues related to site, space and place in their field of work.

Landscapes Expanded was open to candidates from all creative and academic disciplines with the understanding that this would create a trans-disciplinary forum for thinking and working. Each participant’s expertise and experience in their own field helped to inform the work generated by the rest of the group. For individuals outside of formal education this type of stimulating platform is rare. Led by artist and curator Alia Farid Abdal, who explores personal perspectives of public space and constructed landscapes in her own art work and academic research. Participating in the programme are architects Aziz Al Humaidhi and Roa AlShaheen, architecture undergraduate Amani Adel Al Thuwaini, spatial designer Aseel Al Yaqoub, Religion, Literature and Arts graduate, Nima Algooneh, English Literature graduate, Zahra Al Mahdi, jewellery designer, Muneera Al Sharhan, painters Lewis Chapman and Eman Musallem, English and American Literature graduate Faisal Hamadah, journalist Naser Al Wasmi, and Middle East Studies graduate, Ceyda Oskay.

WHEN : October 17, 2012 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

WHERE : Museum of Modern Art Kuwait (Arabian Gulf Road, opposite Souq Sharq, near the Maritime Museum)
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India offers Tourist Visa on Arrival to these nations

Tourist Visa on Arrival
The foreign national of following Eleven countries viz.
4.New Zealand5.Singapore6. Cambodia
7. Vietnam8. Philippines9. Laos
can get a Tourist Visa on arrival with a maximum validity of 30 days with single entry facility  by the Immigration officer at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata Airports and NOT in any other Immigration Check Posts(ICPs).
Required Documents


A Tourist Visa-on-Arrival shall be granted to a foreigner who is a national of Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand , Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, LaosMyanmar and Indonesia.
  1. Whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sight seeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives etc and no other purpose/ activity;
  2. Who does not have a residence or occupation in India;
  3. Who holds a passport with minimum six months validity, and a re-entry .permit if that is required under the law of the country of nationality of the applicant;
  4. Who is a person of assured financial standing ( the production of a return ticket and availability of sufficient money to spend during his stay in India may be considered sufficient for this purpose).
  5. Who is not a person-non-grata to the Government of India;
  6. Who is not considered an undesirable person and is not the subject of a black list or any warning circular or other restrictive list;
  1. A citizen from the above-named countries who wants to come to India for a longer duration should be granted a visa of the appropriate category by the Indian Mission/Post concerned.
  2. This facility shall not be available to the citizens of above-named countries if the person or either of his/ her parents or grandparents (paternal or maternal) was born in , and was permanently resident in Pakistan. Such persons can visit India after obtaining appropriate visa from the Indian Mission/ Post concerned.

Tourist Visa-on-Arrival will be valid for entry and stay into India within the period of its validity subject to conditions specified. The Immigration officer may grant single entry Tourist Visa-on-Arrival up to 30 days to nationals of Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore , Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos, Myanmar and Indonesia.

3.Conditions for Tourist Visa-on-Arrival:

Tourist Visa-on-Arrival shall be non-extendable and non-convertible. At the time of issue of Tourist Visa-on-Arrival, the Immigration officer must make it clear to the foreigner that a Tourist Visa-on-Arrival can neither be extended nor converted to any other kind visa during his/her stay in India except in the following circumstances and with the prior approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs:

Tourist Visa-on-Arrival may be converted to 'X' (Entry) Visa if a foreigner who has come to India on Tourist Visa-on-Arrival marries an Indian national during the validity of his/her Tourist Visa-on-Arrival. Such conversion would be considered subject to fulfilment of following conditions:

  1. Submission of a copy of a Registered Marriage Certificate, and
  2. Report from the concerned FRO/FRRO about their marital status which will, inter-alia, include his/her antecedents, confirmation about their living together and security clearance.
b) Tourist Visa-on-Arrival of the foreigners who fall ill after their entry into India rendering them unfit to travel and require specialized medical treatment may be converted to Medical visa if they are eligible for grant of Medical Visa and medical certificate is obtained from the government / government recognized hospitals. In such a case, Tourist Visa-on-Arrival of the attendant accompanying the foreigner( whose Tourist Visa-on-Arrival is converted to Medical Visa) may also be converted into Medical Attendant[Med-X] visa co-terminus with the Medical visa of the Foreigner.
4. Fee for Tourist Visa-on-Arrival

A fee of US $60/- or an equivalent amount in Indian rupees per passenger( including children) will be charged from each foreigner for the grant of Tourist Visa-on-Arrival.
5. Repeat Visit:

Tourist Visa-on-Arrival shall be allowed for a maximum of two times in a calendar year to a foreigner with a minimum gap of two months between each visit.
The Tourist Visa-on-Arrival facility shall not be applicable to holders of Diplomatic/ Official passports.

6. Required documents:

Passport with 6 month validity
2 Passport size photographs
Photo copy of passport
Hotel booking confirmation if possible
On production of Return Ticket
( immigrationindia.nic.in )

Countries that offer Visa on arrival for Indians

Have passport-will travel! Below is a list of countries offer visa on arrival for Indian nationals including Thailand, Bali, Hong Kong, Mauritius and more – no standing in queues at the visa office, no documents required except of course your passport. So gather your things, pack your bags, buy your air tickets and GO.

Bali, Indonesia
If you are looking for a vacation that has a little bit of everything – look no further! Bali is the perfect spot. Relax by the beach, swim or snorkel in clear blue waters and enjoy water sports. Bali is also the perfect place if you are a culture freak and are looking to imbibe a little bit of Indonesian heritage found in their ornate temples and graceful dancers who will enthrall you with their performance. And if you are a shopaholic, buy all the batik and beautiful handmade crafts you want. 

A visa on arrival is available at USD 35. 

For a quick getaway, look at Thailand. Just a short flight away, Thailand is extremely tourist friendly and warm smiles welcome you. From the busy city of Bangkok to the pristine waters of Koh Samui, from the higher reaches of culturally inclined Chiang Mai in the north to the relaxed atmosphere on the beaches of Phuket, Thailand is a country that extends a very warm welcome to visitors. As they say in Thailand, ‘Swasdee’. Welcome. 

A visa on arrival is Baht 1000 

The waters that surround the atolls are a hundred different shades of blue. The sands on the beaches glitter under the sun and the resorts in theMaldives are the perfect place to unwind and chase away the stress of the city. Sunbathe, snorkel, read a book or just dangle your feet in the cool clear Indian Ocean from your water bungalow, Maldives is the perfect chill out zone!

A visa on arrival is issued free of charge. 

An island in the sun is what they call Mauritius, and rightly so! Brilliant blue sea, silver sands and lovely island people that welcome you with their warm hospitality, Mauritius is a wonderful vacation destination. Spend the day at Ile aux Cerf snorkeling, go for the incredible Undersea Walk, visit Chameral to see the seven-coloured earth or simply relax with a daiquiri by the poolside at your resort hotel. Whatever you do, Mauritius is a holiday like no other – come back relaxed and rejuvenated, ready to take on the world! 

A visa on arrival is issued free of charge.

A tropical island in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles is blessed with the most beautiful secluded beaches and the bluest of waters making it the ideal vacation spot for honeymooners. Besides the beaches and sea Seychelles is also blessed by Mother Nature with natural beauty and verdant hills in the interiors. A great place to indulge in some ecotourism and sight the giant tortoise and rare birds, Seychelles offers much and over delivers. 

A visa on arrival is issued free of charge.

If you are looking beyond budget shopping in Thailand and the buzz of Singapore, set your sight upon Cambodia. The World Heritage Angkor Wat Temple complex lies within kissing distance of Siem Reap the closest airport, and the magnificent temples of Angkor are a living testimony to the architectural prowess of the powerful Khmer empire. Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia, and is a wonderful mix of the east and west where the colonial charm still lingers. 

A visa on arrival costs USD 25. 

Hong Kong
The east and the west are inextricably enmeshed in Hong Kong where the shining high rise skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island are the perfect foil for the busy, cramped streets of Kowloon. Hong Kong offers much for the tourist. A steep tram ride to Victoria’s Peak, a visit to the famous Wong Tai Sin temple, an afternoon at the horse races, a sumptuous Dimsun lunch, some great shopping in Tsim Sha Tsui and a cruise in the Hong Kong harbor –these are just some of the things in Hong Kong to keep you busy. There are loads more. To find out, you will have to visit Hong Kong. 

A visa on arrival is issued free of charge.

Fiji Islands
Located in the South Pacific, the Fiji Islands have their own charm. Sun-drenched beaches, aquamarine sea, fabulous marine life, warm friendly island people and a laid back way of life. What more can one ask for when one ventures to the Fiji islands for a vacation. Perfect for honeymooners and perfect for holiday seekers – Fiji is actually the perfect place to holiday!

A visa on arrival is issued free of charge. 

Sri Lanka
The island of Sri Lanka is truly beautiful. The people are friendly, the cuisine absolutely delicious, the golden beaches of Bentota are legendary, the spice gardens intoxicating, the cultural heritage legion and the shopping ever so cheap whether it be clothes, rubies or emeralds! Sri Lanka is a destination where you can chill out, relax and have a holiday that you will remember. 

A visa on arrival costs USD 15 

Note: Visa on arrival fee is subject to change.

(journeymart )

Harley Davidson Bike Parade 2013 Kuwait

Bike Parade - Kuwait.
Harley Davidsons & Other Bikes 2013

Harley-Davidson® is celebrating 110 years of fuelling your dreams and invites you to join the celebrations at its Kuwait dealership.
Everyone is welcome to be part of the Open House Chari
ty Parade (whatever your mode of transport) in the support of the World Food Programme. The Anniversary celebrations will continue back at the dealership afterwards where you can check out the awesome 2013 bike range.

12th October 2012
16:00 | Start parade from Harley-Davidson® Dealership Kuwait
17:30 | Arrive back at the dealership for the unveiling of the 2013 model year bikes and MotorClothes®
18:00 | Join the Anniversary celebrations with entertainment and refreshments.

For more details check kuwaitup2date

Exhibition at Bayt Lothan Kuwait

Monday, October 08, 2012

Entertainment City Kuwait announced new timing

The Entertainment City has announced a shift to winter timings with effect from yesterday, Sunday October 7, 2012. It will now be open from 4:00 pm until midnight on weekdays, and from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm on weekends.

This was announced by Deputy Managing Director for Entertainment City Affairs at the Touristic Enterprises Company, Meshari Al-San’ousi, who also said that on Mondays, the facility stays open exclusively for female visitors. Al-San’ousi also announced that the management has prepared special programs and activities for visitors, and has ensured that all necessary maintenance was carried out for all the rides at the Entertainment City.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Ikea 'regrets' removal of women from Saudi catalogue

A composite picture taken from the Saudi and English versions of the Ikea catalogue
Women are missing from several images in the Saudi version of the
Ikea catalogue (R)

Swedish furniture company Ikea has said it regrets that images of women are missing from the Saudi version of its catalogue.
Women are clearly present in corresponding images in the firm's English-language catalogue.
The firm said "excluding women from the Saudi Arabian version of the catalogue is in conflict with the Ikea Group values".
It attributed the gaffe to the fact its Saudi operation is run by a franchisee.
Several images in the catalogue, published on Ikea's Saudi website, show women completely absent in a number of promotional scenes.
The same images in other versions of the catalogue include women.
Ikea said it was reviewing its "routines" in response to the issue.
"We support the fundamental human rights of all people and we do not accept any kind of discrimination," the company said in a statement to the BBC.
Islamic Sharia law is applied strictly in Saudi Arabia, where the ruling Al Saud family espouses a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam known as Wahhabism.
Women live under various restrictions, including no right to drive, and must be covered whenever they are outside the home.
Saudi leader King Abdullah is seen as trying to cautiously introduce reforms, some aimed at loosening restrictions on women's right to vote.
Ikea, which posted net profits of almost 3 billion euros (£2.4bn; $3.9bn) last year, operates three branches in Saudi Arabia.

Kuwait wins Gulf Judo Championship '12


Kuwait has own 16th GCC Judo Championship,garnering 29 medals, including 22 gold ones.

IKEA Kuwait 1st Nov Offer

Car Parade from Kuwait Towers to Kuwait Car Museum

For any more information and to contact the museum, kindly visit Historical, Vintage & Classic Car Museum, Shuwaikh Industrial Area, Block 1, Street 49, during operation hours (mornings from 9am to 12pm) and (afternoon from 5pm to 8pm)
Tel: 24819186
Fax: 24824037
Also you can contact them through their social media:

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Open Auditions for 'We Will Rock You' Musical at BSK

My Best Holiday Moment - Photo & Caption contest launched by IIK and American Tourister

This unique photo and caption contest is to give you an opportunity to share your best moment during your recent trip abroad and to get exciting prizes from world renowned brand American Tourister. IIK invites its members to show off their Best Holiday Moment Pictures with a captivating caption. A maximum can submit up to three pictures. The pictures submitted should be original and should be related to their recent travelled destination outside Kuwait. The deadline for submitting the photos is 10th of October 2012. Approved photos will be made live on IIK for voting and the winner will be decided by online voting and best caption selected by the panel of judges.

The core emphasis of the contest is to honour the amateur photographic talents of our readers.

1st Prize winner will be rewarded 3 pcs set of American Tourister Travel Bag, 2nd Prize winner will be rewarded American Tourister 2 pcs set and 3rd Prize winner will be rewarded American Tourister Cabin Trolley.

To participate in this unique contest and get exciting prizes, please visit the link http://www.indiansinkuwait.com/IIKATPhotocontest/