Thursday, November 13, 2014
Monday, November 03, 2014
Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has announced the upcoming launch of twice weekly services between Kuwait City and the Cypriot city of Larnaca in response to increased demand from the State of Kuwait.
The airline will offer direct, twice weekly connections between Kuwait and Cyprus starting from 26 October. The new service will operate on Wednesdays and Sundays departing Kuwait at 11:00 local time with return flights departing Larnaca at 14:05 local time. Passengers will also have the choice of thrice weekly Bahrain-Larnaca operations and convenient six daily flights between Kuwait and Bahrain providing connections to the airline’s newest Kuwait-Larnaca service.
Gulf Air Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Maher Salman AlMusallam commented on the airline’s latest network enhancement: “Gulf Air’s latest development sees us building upon the positive response we have already seen to our Kuwait-Istanbul route as we strive to give our GCC passengers attractive connections and direct travel options. Launching the new, direct Kuwait-Larnaca route caters to travel demand and is one more step towards offering our passengers simpler travel arrangements while we continue to offer convenient connections between Bahrain and Kuwait.”
Gulf Air is already operating direct flights between Bahrain and Kuwait and Bahrain and Larnaca. The airline’s existing Kuwait operations consist of 06 daily flights while it serves Larnaca with 03 weekly flights direct from Bahrain.
The airline is represented by Orthodoxou Aviation Ltd in Cyprus. For more information regarding the airline’s operation you can contact the airline’s call centre at 22 767 670
Source : Financial Mirror
Kuwaiti author Mai Al Nakib has won the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s 2014 First Book Award.
Her book, The Hidden Light of Objects, is a collection of short stories that explore the private struggles of adolescence, marriage and middle age by taking a quiet look at the lives of ordinary people living in the Middle East, the Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP), that published her debut work, said.
Mai’s debut literary work, written in English, features stories ranging from the invasion of Kuwait to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the US occupation of Iraq.
This is the first time the award has been given to a collection of short stories and only the second time it has been granted to an international writer.
The Central Bank of Kuwait building will become a new landmark on Kuwait City’s skyline, acting as a symbol of the country’s significant economic power and contribution to the region.
The triangular, truncated pyramid tower is intersected by a podium that contains reception and banking halls, conference facilities, dining and banquet rooms, and a museum.
The two stone walls of the southern, city-facing tower reduce energy consumption by functioning as a heat sink to absorb the harsh Kuwaiti sun during the day and use the stored heat to keep away the cold at night. An all-glass northern elevation protects the interior from solar gain while providing panoramic views across the Arabian Gulf. At night, the top of the building will glow like a beacon and add a significant presence to the Kuwait skyline.
Client: Central Bank of Kuwait
Area: 140,000 m² on 25,872 m² site
Completion: Expected 2014
Components: Reception, Banking Hall, Offices, Conference facilities, Dining & Banquet Rooms, Museum, Auditorium, Car Parking
Associates: HOK International
Contractor: China State Construction Engineering Corporation
Source : Pace Kuwait
Sunday, November 02, 2014
In its efforts to attract more and more tourists from the Gulf and the Middle East region, India has organized a seminar in Kuwait to provide a glimpse of the attractive tourism products as well as cultural, spiritual and travel experiences that it offers as a tourist destination.
The 'Know India Seminar' was organized Wednesday in Crowne Plaza Hotel, Kuwait, in cooperation with the Embassy of India in Kuwait.
The seminar was organized to provide a glimpse of the attractive tourism products as well as cultural, spiritual and travel experiences that India offers as a tourist destination.
The Gulf and the Middle East region are emerging as an important tourism generating market for India, said HE Sunil Jain while inaugurating the event. Indian Embassy Cultural secretary Sri AK Srivastava welcomed the audience.
Mr Ranjan Pattanaik, Director of India tourism, Ministry of Tourism Govt of India made a presentation depicting the country as a multi-faceted tourist destination for luxury, wildlife, and wellness/medical tourism. "India has evolved as a round the year destination and all efforts are being made to develop niche products like wellness and medical tourism; adventure and wildlife tourism; film tourism; monsoon tourism; golf, polo and sports tourism and MICE tourism, while at the same time adding value to the cultural and heritage products of the country", he said.
Members of the Travel and tourism Industry also attended the event.
The Gulf and the Middle East has been showing a positive growth of Foreign Tourist Arrivals to India over the last 2 to 3 years with around 3,43,113 tourist arrivals registered during 2013 showing a growth of nearly 17.9 % over the previous year. As traffic from GCC to India is concerned, there has been a whooping increase of 33.5% from Saudi Arabia over the last year, followed by Sultanate of Oman by 25.1% and 23.6% increase from UAE which clearly indicates that the interest of Arab Nationals is increasing every year and preferring India as a favorite Tourist destination. Tourist traffic from Kuwait to India was 10,593 during last year, 2013. Equal number of visas is issued till September 2014 and expects more traffic from Kuwait to India during the current year as the awareness about India is growing every year.
The percentage of Foreign Tourist Arrivals visiting India for Medical Treatment has also been increasing over the years and growing rapidly since the year 2000. India is also popular for Wellness Tourism with the ancient practice of healing, yoga and Ayurveda which has been known for more than 5,000 years and now it is time for the world to experience it.
The grand Launch Meet of SIF-Kuwait will be held at Indian Embassy Hall on Tuesday, 4th November, 2014 at 6 pm.The function will be inaugurated by H.E. Shri Sunil Jain, Ambassador of India to Kuwait, and will be attended by Shri Shubashis Goldar, Deputy Chief of Mission, Principals, management and faculty members of Indian Schools, Top scientists and technocrats and prominent members of Indians in Kuwait. Chief Guest for the function will be Dr. Ali- Al Dousari, Senior Scientist from Kuwait Institute for Scientific research.
During the event, SIF will officially announce this year’s programs, specifically designed to motivate students and imparting scientific knowledge to them. For updates please visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/sifkuwait