Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Q8 Food Festival- March 2015

Imagine a “city street” for Foodies, encircled entirely by tented structures displaying restaurants, bakery’s, culinary vendors, beverage stands and cafe’s.  Imagine walking down that street, tasting bite sized delights of the most unique cuisine Kuwait has to offer.  Music dances in the air and a market umbrella & chair provide the perfect spot as you try to decide what to taste next.  It’s time to see a Celebrity Chef perform a cooking demonstration followed by a cookbook signing/meet & greet in a VIP suite. On the way to the Kid’s Zone, you pass by Center stage, where a lucky winner is about to win a prize.  A Jazz ensemble takes over and you’ve decided your sweet tooth deserves something chocolate.  You wrap your day up with a stroll through the Farmer’s Market, where you find the most delicious organically made jam for your morning toast.  As you’re leaving, you spot that powerful blender you’ve been thinking about all year, and you learn it’s now for sale in Kuwait.  It’s not too hard to imagine….
Announcing the Q8 Food Festival, to be held on 20,000 square meters of the Kuwait International Fairgrounds the first weekend in March, 2015.  This one of a kind yearly event will prove to be the city’s premier, open air weekend of everything to do with food. With partners like Bazaar magazine, Mercedes Benz and Food & Travel on board so far, we are certainly in good company.
 We are seeking signature cuisine to be highlighted at the event, selling 2-3 small tastes directly to the public.  Up to 50 restaurants will have the opportunity to be involved.  Our aim was to keep the restaurant tents as affordable as possible, and trust you’ll make a good portion, if not more of your investment back over the three day event. 

---Q8 Productions is a Media and Events company established in March 2014.   With an aim to keep the city’s culture, signature cuisine and local talent in mind, Q8 Productions has two main business projects: The Q8 Food Festival and LivinQ8.com.  The Q8 Food Festival will be the first of its kind, open air consumer food festival to be held in Kuwait in March 2015.  The LivinQ8.com website is an expat e-newsletter and website targeting expat news and information specificailly targeted to expat’s lifestyles and interests.
Q8 Productions is incorporating a business model for the Q8 Food Festival that launched successful food and beverage festivals for 7 consecutive years in South Florida, USA.  Joining forces in a culturally connected partnership, Q8 Productions combines International, Regional, and Local talents to coordinate this major event.  
This will be held in the Mishref fairgrounds from March 5-7, 2015 and is slated to be a huge foodie event with an expected 50,000 visitors with an invitation for 50 vendors showcasing different varieties of food. Bazaar Magazine is one of their media sponsors, you can read their article by clicking on the link. Q8 Productions is also behind the LivinQ8 website which tries to fill in the gap left by EEK! magazine. For more information on the event click here, I look forward to this event.

Monday, September 22, 2014

AWARE Center- Bait Al Othman Museum Tour

Inaugurated by the Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, on April 8, 2013, this Museum hosts rare historical items & antiques for old Kuwaiti houses. Decorating the walls of its Art Gallery are paintings & belongings of Kuwaiti Artists. There are also the crafts & Kuwaiti dhow models on display. Fee: KD 2 per person. Children below 14 years & Pets are not allowed. Limited Seats. Advance reservations required at joumana@aware.com.kw

Day/Time: September 29 @ 5pm
Reservations required ahead of time

This is my favorite museum in Kuwait, everyone visiting/living in Kuwait should visit it once. You can check out my post for some previews.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Flamingo Oasis- Abandoned

This place used to have people living and enjoying the surroundings of Flamingo Oasis but now it lies in ruins, I guess the owner made his money off of the Western contractors and decided to destroy the property. I will never understand the concept of ruining perfectly good buildings instead of turning them into something else but GREED is behind it all.

This looks like it was used as a club, notice the reed shades above used for hiding the doors where parties are held.

 The villas were huge
 A newspaper dated 2010

These villas have not been destroyed so there are a few people remaining to look after the property.
I tried to Google Flamingo Oasis as I have no idea what is used to look like. There is no information on Google about it, strange.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saudi guys sets his iPhone 6 on Fire

A Saudi man set his new iPhone 6 handset ablaze as he was apparently angered by the public rush to own the latest model by the US apple company.

“Hey you, who claim to be educated…is this the iPhone 6, here it is…it is burning now…you have banged our heads about these devices….here it is ablaze now,” the unknown man said in a YouTube film published in local newspapers.

It was not clear where in Saudi Arabia the film was shot and why the man wasted thousands of dirhams for such a demonstration. But it seemed from the man’s words and tone that he was annoyed by the public rush and massive propaganda for iPhone 6 in Saudi Arabia, the largest GSM market in the Gulf.

The Saudi guy burns it like nothing while this poor Chinese guy is willing to rent his girlfriend out by the hour, day and month so he can raise money to buy the new iPhone, two completely different worlds united by a phone.
I'm happy with my Samsung S5!

Eid Al Adha- 5 or 9 day Holiday?

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 19:  Civil Service Commission (CSC) presented a proposal to the Council of Ministers to approve five days as Eid al- Adha holiday starting from Oct 3 and coinciding with Arafat day which falls on Friday until Tuesday Oct 7, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

This means the official working day after Eid break will begin on Wednesday and the decision to include Wednesday and Thursday will be left in the hands of the Council of Ministers to extend the holiday to nine days.

Friday, September 19, 2014

High Saudi guys fall for Drake Omegle Prank

Skip to 1:55 to see a couple of high Saudi guys showing off their stash thinking they were talking to Drake.
If you don't know what Omegle is click here...I haven't used it, from the videos and pranks I've seen there are a lot of weirdos on it.
Warning: Bad language and finger usage.

Ooredoo- cuts 165 positions- 60 Kuwaitis Fired

Ooredon't want Kuwaiti workers

Ooredoo Kuwait has cut 165 jobs, the Gulf country's No.3 mobile operator by subscribers said on Tuesday, as its market share shrinks and profits fall.

The job losses account for about 15 percent of its workforce. According to the company's 2012 annual report - the latest available - the company employed 1,082 people.The company - 92.1 percent owned by Qatar's Ooredoo - has struggled in its home market in Kuwait following the launch of the country's third mobile operator, Viva Kuwait, in 2008 which aggressively cut prices to woo customers.

Ooredoo Kuwait said in a statement it had made the job cuts, which include 60 Kuwaitis, to increase efficiency, serve customers more effectively and simplify the organisation.Ooredoo Kuwait has reported a decline in profits in eight of the past 11 quarters, according to Reuters data. Its shares have fallen 12.5 percent so far this year.

The company's share of Kuwait's mobile subscribers was 31 percent as of June 30, according to the country's No.1 mobile operator Zain's earnings statement. Zain had a 36 percent share and Viva 33 percent.At the end of 2010, Ooredoo Kuwait - then known as Wataniya - had a market share of 39 percent, Zain 44 percent and Viva 17 percent, Zain's annual report shows.Ooredoo Kuwait also has operations in Tunisia and Algeria.

It must really suck when another country takes over and kicks out employees, especially Kuwaitis, Gasp! I think they are saying you people suck, in a nice way by labeling it as 'job cuts'. I have Viva and it is awful, I have only a certain amount of days to use the crdit or the phone cuts off forcing me to recharge every week even though I still have a credit balance. With Ooredoo (I hate that name- I still refer to them as Wataniya) I put 10 KD on it and used it for 6 months with no problems.

I would also suggest they bring in some good looking Qatari staff, I can be the recruiter!

First person to buy an iPhone 6 in Perth immediately drops It


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mad Stand Entertainment- Bringing excitement to Kuwait

Remember when the Wayans Brothers came to Kuwait last May? I was really surprised they were actually coming, although I didn't make it to the show I've heard it was an awesome show. I wondered how they got here and who was able to make it happen, it was Mad Stand Entertainment who made it possible. I was contacted by AF of MSE and was more than happen to do an interview and satisfy my curiosity of how it all works.
CIK: How long have you been bringing entertainment to Kuwait and how did it grow from an idea into reality?
AF: We started in 2012, the company was established to fill the lack of entertainment in Kuwait  and bring some life to Kuwait. It took some time to get ministry approval and establish our partners. After completing the red tape we scheduled our first show which was Mad Stand comedy night in May 2012 which was held in the football stadium at Kuwait University and we've held three more shows as well.
CIK: Why is there a six-month gap between each show?
AF: Unlike other countries where it is easier to produce shows, Kuwait has a lot of red tape and it takes a long time to get the approval for our shows which takes around six months to complete the process and book the entertainers.
CIK: How was it working with the Wayans Brothers?
AF: They were always making everyone laugh and were surprised at what Kuwait had to offer. We took them to local restaurants so they could get a 'taste of Kuwait' which they really enjoyed.
CIK: What shows will you be bringing in the future?
AF: Sorry, that's top secret information! he says with an evil laugh.
I give credit to these guys, they are trying their best to bring some excitement to the people of Kuwait and I can only imagine how difficult it is for them to bring it to us. It's easy to buy tickets and enjoy the show, does anyone ever wonder how they got here or who's behind the scenes? It takes a lot of planning and team work to make it happen. From an idea, to planning, to finding the venue, building the stages, getting permission, etc. Next time you purchase your ticket remember the hard work that was put into it and give thanks to Mad Stand Entertainment.
You can find out more on their website and their next comedy show Culture Shock featuring Rajiv Satyal is coming up on September 25, tickets are on sale now!
Check out the ticket prices and show information here....sounds like fun!