Another popular fast food outlet is set to open in Jabriya! I noticed the construction this past weekend. It is located right across from the Mcdonald’s and opposite Gulf Bank. I just wonder if they have made provision for sufficient parking around the said restaurant?
This restaurant now joins the several food outlets like Shake Shack, Johhny Rockets, CBJ, and IHOP that are also still under construction and near completion in the same area. It’s safe to say that the only thing missing in Jabriya now is an airport!
Some campers reported seeing what looked like to be a giant lizard or as known as Dhab (Egyptian Mastigur) statue being built near Abdali. It looks rather funny, but really I can’t imagine its purpose, Can you? Though I guess it will be scary as hell if you happen to see it at night in middle of cold desert.
Thanks [Areej Hamadah]
Update: Apparently, it was built by KOC for KD200,000 in Abdaliya west of Kuwait using recycled waste material to demonstrate their commitment toward Kuwait environment. Our blog friends have shared with us the story behind it and the making video.
As I was driving on Road 30 (AKA Fahaheel express way) heading toward Kuwait City I observed what seemed to be traffic signs placed on the left side of the highway. I didn’t know what exactly they were for, also I noted they removed the speed reducers on the left safe lane and have re-asphalted it to look like a normal traffic lane. I thought they were doing normal road works maintenance, but I learned later that Kuwait Traffic Department now intends to allow drivers to use some of the safe lanes (left ones) on high ways to minimize traffic congestion at peak hours and these signs are used to indicate that safe lanes can be used.
Not to mention that this is a temporary solution at its best, I’ve to say that I had mixed reaction about this initiative. Obviously, increasing number of lanes on Kuwait highways will indeed increase their traffic capacity/volume and hence less congestion and time to reach your ultimate destination, but on the other hand safe lanes are extremely important for the safe passage of ambulances, police cars, firefighters, emergency.. etc. so this may obstruct their normal duties. Also the left lane is way too close to the concrete barrier so a slight veer may cause the cars to hit the concrete and cause dangerous accidents, bearing in mind that many drivers these days are not adequately focused on the road (thanks to smartphones of course). By the way, I also saw them doing the same on King Fahad highway (road 40).
I recently was in bnaid al gar when I spotted this neat little restaurant called Vine Restaurant. Its fairly new and will be opened to the public soon.
I got to have a taste of some of the items that are on the menu,alot of their food is based on tradition Kuwaiti ingredients with a modern twist. For example one of their omelettes has a round shape,based with traditional Kuwaiti spices and beets.
Learned about this event in Kuwait from City of my Way where participants will get the chance to see Felix Baumgartner, the fastest man alive, as he takes them through his journey to the edge of space and his supersonic jump back to Earth. I’m not exactly sure about thorough details but it looks exciting though.
Out of curiosity, I was checking how Kuwait is doing in the recently updated Corruption Perceptions Index 2013, and it truly depresses me to tell you that things are getting worse. I recall our last year’s ranking was 67/177, while the new ranking is 69/177 (see above). Also according to the Transparency International Oreganization, we are the mostly currupted country among the GCC countries. Sadly I can relate to this worsening ranking in more ways than one.
Seemingly, most of the curruption is ocurring within the public sector (administration, political) and it’s daylight clear that so far we’ve done nothing (or at least not enough) to fight it back. Well, I remember reading news about Kuwait intention to appoint an anti-corruption chief and to set rigid Anti-corruption penalties that can go up to 7 years in jail, but nothing as of yet.
The Regency hotel has recently added to their list of gourmet food outlets,their very own pastry store which carries a variety of desserts from cakes to fancy,creative cakes.
The Regency Gourmet, as the new store is known, is located inside the hotel adjacent to the lobby. It also carries exclusive flavored Olive oil including the the new tea trend; flower blossom tea and naturally flavored teas.
What attracted me the most about is is that, I don’t have to to sit and have my sweets at the hotel, I can call and order in advance and it will be ready for me to pick up and leave. My favorite choices have to be the red velvet,Opera Cake and Black forest cake which has to be cracked open like an egg!
The prices are surprisingly reasonable for a place like The Regency Hotel.