Visiting Kuwait as a Tourist – Places of Interest

By | October 8, 2012

To continue my post regarding what should a tourist in Kuwait do and visit when they arrive, this post is about what I think is the most popular places of interest in Kuwait. Not shopping  –previous post– and not restaurants and where to eat -upcoming post-.

Since I’m writing this post because one of my Twitter followers is visiting and Read more »

Fearless Encounters Premier in Cinescape

By | May 9, 2012

I was invited yesterday to attend an exclusive preview of one of Kuwait’s most recent movies “Fearless Encounters”, directed by Mr. Talal Showaish-Salem. Fearless Encounters is a 55 minute documentary honoring the Kuwaiti Oil Firefighting Team.

In case you haven’t heard about the Kuwaiti Oil Fires, they were set a light when the Sadam Hussein ordered them to be burnt before the liberation during the Iraqi invation of Kuwait in 1990, resulting in one of the biggest crimes against nature and turning Kuwait’s sky black for a long time.

The footage from this film were shot 20 years ago by the Kuwaiti filmmaker, Talal Showaish-Salem, who spent 6 weeks with the team in the horrific inferno. Telling the inside untold story of the Kuwaiti oil firefighters’ heroic Fearless Encounters. A great thing to watch given that I personally can’t remember much regarding that matter. I do remember an woman engineer, Sarah Akbar, being in the papers back then, that’s all.

I was really looking forward to go, unfortunately by night fall I was feeling so ill I couldn’t get off my couch so sadly I had to stay home. However, I cannot wait to see the movie. I love documentaries, specifically local ones where people work together to do good for the country. It fills me with an amazing sense of pride and I cannot help but supress my tears. It reminds me that there is still hope, wel deniya lel7een ebkhair.

Fearless encounters will be shown in Cinescape theaters across Kuwait starting Thursday 10 May 2012. I can’t wait to go see it. I urge you to go, so you can see, you can feel, you can think, and you can teach the new generation of a past that must not be forgotten.

Thank you Talal Showaish-Salem for the invitation o qawwak Allah.

The Free Kuwait Campaign in London Website

By | March 29, 2012

A few years ago I wanted some picture of Kuwait during the Iraqi invasion of 1990. I searched the internet high and low but to dismay I barely found anything. I was really surprised no one took the initiative to archive that crucial period of Kuwait’s history. Then Mr. Adel Al-Yousifi published his a website named The Evidence (link) which documented that dark time with photographs online.

Now Mr. Adel is back with another website, the Free Kuwait website (link) which documents the events and efforts of the Free Kuwait movement and campaign in London where Mr. Adel was during the invasion. We were in London too. My father helped out by designing many logos and posters used in that time. I wrote about his designs once when they were showcased in an exhibition in the avenues without giving him any credit or mention here (post).

In the Free Kuwait website you will see memorabilia, documents, events, and most importantly pictures of the Kuwaiti in London during the invasion. If you were in London or know someone who was, take a look and browse through the endless pictures. I spent an entire day going through the pictures and checking my family  and even my classmates during the invasion.

So go ahead and take a look. The experience is epic if I may say so. If you recognize someone please email the website admin on  info@freekuwait.org.kw with the picture number and name of the person so they can add the name in the caption. They need to identify as many Kuwaitis as possible.

So go on, check http://freekuwait.org.kw and remember that we will never, never, ever forget. Forgetting is not an option. Read this story on 2:48 AM’s blog and tell me if forgetting is possible (link) wan If you haven’t been around to witness or remember, then you have your chance now.

I am still afraid of the Iraqi Mines… 20 years on!

By | February 26, 2011

21 years ago on June 1990 we left Kuwait for our summer vacation in Austria and UK. Planning to return to Kuwait on 2 August 1990.

20 years ago on June 1991 we finally returned back home. It was surreal… returning at last to Read more »

Childhood in Kuwait Means: Al-Alamiya Pizza

By | March 29, 2010

As I escaped from my dentist last week, I was feeling so down I needed a nostalgic pick me up. Wandering in Salmiya, I suddenly remembered a dusty childhood memory with a lingering flavor, took a wrong turn, and finally I was there for my nostalgic Read more »

إذا إنتوا نسيتوا… ترى إحنا ما نسينا!

By | February 26, 2009

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I was one of the children of Iraqi Ghazoo. Invasion. This is the way it was called. This is how i explained it to my baby sister then. and this is the way im describing it to every one who asks, and every one who will listen, and to every generation of my future children and grandchildren Insha2 Allah…

I remember the sheer happiness of us returning tommorow to Q8 on the night of 1 August 1990. I remember we spent that night packing and cutting the St Michelle tags off our Read more »