The photography exhibition shows pictures from our everyday lives, of moments, of people and objects that represent goodness. The opening night will be hosted by Sheikha Intisar Al Sabah and visited by the judges of the competition Areej Al Kharafi, Sheikh Majed Al Sabah, Tahani Al Ayoub, and Salman Al Nijadi.
Location : 360 Mall, Near the Fountain and the orange chandelier
Even though Kuwait is so small and almost everyone you run into share common friends, I am amazed that there are a certain amount of Hidden Kuwaiti talents that have not yet been discovered. Just yesterday alone I ran into three amazing gentleman, and their mind-set and business minds have blown me away. From there, came my new idea about show casing our hidden talents. I will start today with a really close and dear friend of mine, Abdul Wahab Al Juhairy.
With the traveling season around the corner and with the growing demands of tourists mainly Kuwaitis to have an insight on new destinations around the globe that would cater to their needs for a relaxing and unique summer vacations, Abdul Wahab Al Juhairy, the Kuwaiti photography talented professional is today catering to this growing need by introducing for the first time in Kuwait a state of the art touristic website, empowered with images of different touristic destinations around the globe to help people deciding on their next trip.
Recently, it has been noticed that people rely more on the internet to do their traveling arrangements – whether it’s for flights or hotel bookings, read reviews and look at pictures of the place they want to spend their vacation in more than referring to a traveling agent.
Abdul Wahab Al Juhairy is A Kuwaiti young man, talented in photo capturing and passionate about traveling, felt the much needed necessity to have a clear and honest vision about the countries scattered all over the world he visited, and this is the reason why he created AJ Photo World website.
AJ Photo World is the first Kuwaiti website containing high resolution pictures of various countries in the Middle East, Europe, and Central & Far East Asia. These photos were taken during Abdul Wahab’s visits to these countries, allowing the website visitors to see through Abdul Wahab’s eyes the major touristic sites to visit and explore new ones in these countries in which the visitors have been before but did not get the chance to see them or he is a first time visitor.
The new creative idea behind this website is that Abdul Wahab will give the audience the chance to join him step by step during his upcoming trips – soon to be in Sri Lanka- by instantly uploading photos on Twitter & Instagram and blogging on the website, what would give the reader a deep insight on the country and best places to be visited hence helping him deciding on his next touristic trip destination.
Al Juhairi said: “AJ Photo World is a one stop website to all tourism fans. It was designed to cater to the growing needs to a new touristic destination. With images it shows, the website is a true touristic guide empowered with high res images that would give the visitors the look and feel of their future touristic destinations in addition to places and landmarks to visit there.”
Abdullah Abdullatif Al Outhman was one of the most prominent Kuwaiti Philanthropists and the owner of Bait Al Outhman. Through out his life, his increased devotion to charity work and philanthropy, and his many donations extended to various locations around the world; earned him the title of “The Great Philanthropist.” Even after his passing away in 1965, he left a will that allocated a third of his wealth to charity; which became embodied in the Abdullah Al Outhman Charity. The Kuwaiti Heritage team, set out on a project by selecting a historical building, Bait Al Outhman, (his orignal house) and renovated it from scratch to embody what the homes of our fathers and forefathers looked like and how they lived. It show cases numerous rooms such as The Bride Room and its contents; the living room; the kitchen and the Diwan, which was where the home owner would host his guests.
Along with these rooms, the museum showcases different aspects of old Kuwaiti Heritage such as: Maritime – showcasing a number of rare documents that were used in the old days. It also contains models of the earliest diving suits; the tools used in diving and navigation; in addition to models of ships previously utilized in Kuwait.
Heritage Hall: This has been instilled with traditional decors and designs for the purpose of accommodating popular traditional events and heritage symposiums or seminars.
The museum also contains samples of some artistic costumes appearing in various Kuwaiti drama productions; in addition to decors and scenes from these productions, which had enjoyed a spectacular viewing rate.
My favorite part of the museum was the old Kuwaiti Souq, or market:
As much as we butt heads over the silliest things, I have to admit that Red Bull really DO host the best events. As I recently started taking up photography, the Red Bull 5 Pics Event opened up my eyes to the many wonders a single camera lens can capture.
Hosted at 52 Degrees, Red Bull offered amateur and professional photographers the chance to enter their competition by submitting JUST 5 pictures of how Kuwait is viewed through their lens.
I know Kuwait is beautiful but it is far more beautiful when you experience it through the eyes of another. With 130 competitors, 5 judges, a lot of disagreements and a lot of consideration, only 3 were chosen.
Third Place: Yousef Al- Muhanna
Second Place: Maitham Al- Misry
First Place: Mohammed Al- Sultan
Through Red Bull 5 Pics; Yousef, Maitham, and Mohammed had a chance to “spread their wings” and soar into something they love – photography. And that is exactly what is meant by, “Red Bull Gives You Wings.” As the Bull symbolizes polarization, Red Bull seeks to polarize different cultures through different events allowing each participant a chance to “grow wings,” interact, explore, and expand their talents onto bigger and better things. “Different things, for different people,” as Elie El Massih; Country Manager, sweetly stated it.
The Red Bull 5 Pics Gallery will be on display up until June 10th at 52 Degrees for anyone who is interested.
Thank you Red Bull for allowing us to expand our horizons, looking forward to many more of your amazing events.
I always heard the notion”Kuwait the past, Dubai the present, Qatar the future” when ever the topic is regarding the urban development within the GCC region but frankly I never believed that simply because I believed that Kuwait can still catch up with the development we see in neighboring countries since we got all the required resources such as funding (I’m talking money, we have surplus)) and workforce and all we lacked is the decision making. I’m still hoping that my belief is still valid even though there are things that point to the other direction.
A friend of mine from Doha has sent me 3D presentation for a new “dreamy” project so called Doha Bay Crossing which will be an underwater tunnel connecting downtown to Sheraton Hotel. I recall another video Hamad International Airport (HIA) which was recently open and considered one of the largest and most advanced airports in the region and can handle over 29 million annual passengers. However what I personally loved about HIA is that it was completed as per the planned schedule as per uncle Wikipedia, something that we obviously lack in Kuwait mega projects. I’ve visited Qatar last summer and I must tell you it’s indeed one of the fastest developing countries in the whole region. I must admit I’m being envious since I really wish to see the mega projects in Kuwait such as New Kuwait International Airport terminal, Kuwait Metro Project, Jaber Causeway, City of Silk (see below image) and other planned (or should I say promised?) projects to be implemented so we could move forward.
Now the million dinar question; is the speculation regarding Kuwait catching up with development is still feasible or is it far fetched considering the givens?
جميل ان تتشارك عائلة بجميع أفرادها عمل محبب لقلوبهم… جميل أن ترى الفن و تعيش التاريخ… تشعر بلماضي و الحاضر و المستقبل… معرض (حضارة) جمع الرقي و الجمال بمجموعة من المعروضات المذهلة تحوي كل قطعة منها تاريخ و قصة… و الروسومات المستوحاة من ماضي الكويت و جمالها للفنان عبد العزيز آرتي… معرض (حضارة) لفيصل الهليلة يعتني بلفن الإسلامي و اللوحات الأصلية تحت مسمى زاد و لدية قسم ثروة للاعتناء بلشباب ولأظهار مواهبهم و إبداء آراءهم و بناء مستقبلهم… معرض (حضارة) لمسة أمل و حب و حياة
I felt the need to share some great news that I received, Kuwait has made generous donation to the world famous museum in Paris, Louvre, to build Islamic wing within the museum. I read the wing holds the largest and finest Islamic arts gallery and artifacts that goes back to the 7th century, awesome.
The new Islamic department was opened last Saturday, Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Hamad Al-Sabah was there to represent the Emir of Kuwait along with French president and Al Waleed Bin Talal, isn’t this exciting? I’m certainly going to visit the Louvre Museum next time I’m in Paris, the love city.
I went to Photokina studio in Hawally last night for taking personal shots with some friends, we told them that we want a nice background for our photos, then they took us inside their studio where they had a real Porsche and Suzuki bike! Having a real Porsche inside a studio, well that’s original.
I liked the idea but they said an album with 20 photos costs KD100 , I wonder how they managed to get the Porsche inside the studio?