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They finally did it! I just read that MOH will now deploy air ambulances for transportation of patients to and from healthcare facilities and accident scenes, finally! What took them all those years to finally take this crucial step is totally beyond me! This would definitely help saving lives because every minute counts.

The unbearable traffic congestion during rush hours coupled with the abuse of emergency lanes in Kuwait has made it near impossible for medical services team to reach the accident scene in a short time. I overheard that in some cases its taking over one hour from onset of an accident for the paramedics to arrive. Hopefully with the introduction of air medical services this problem will be largely solved. According to the sources, the responsible medical teams are now under one month training and the actual implementation will commence shortly afterwards. Thanks MOH!

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Now this is quite terrific, they did it with Souk Mubarkia and now it seems they finally agreed to do the same with Salem Al Mubarak Street in Salmiya. Municipality is moving forward to turn Salem Al Mubarak Street into pedestrians only street. Yes, that means no more looking left and right when crossing the streets because no cars will be allowed.

I’ve been waiting for this to happen for years, literally! I mean isn’t it fun to only see people walking and shopping just like in Europe. They also intend to further develope the area which is great. However, this makes me wonder where will cars park since there’s not any parking lot in the vicinity. It’s about time!

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A quick background but it is necessary. The unit of currency in Kuwait is the Kuwaiti Dinar (KD), divided into one thousand Fils Currency notes are issued by the CBK in the following denominations: quarter dinar, half dinar, one dinar, five dinars, ten dinars and twenty dinars. Also, there have been five issues of Kuwaiti currency notes since the introduction of the State’s legal tender in 1961.

I’m sure that you have all heard of the new currency notes that being issued and it’s official, the sixth issue will be in circulation from June 29, 2014. According to CBK, the new banknotes were developed in an innovative manner that guarantees an excellent quality, security measures and aesthetic appeal which includes many of Kuwait’s accomplishments, its citizens’ uplifting spirit and other national aspects.

Also keep in mind that the launching of this sixth issue of the new Kuwaiti banknotes into circulation will not affect the validity of the current fifth issue of the Kuwaiti banknotes, which will maintain its legal validity until an official decision to withdraw it from circulation is announced.

If you’re interested in knowing more about the designs, check out this YouTube video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVVwJPkZJuo&feature=youtu.be

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The app called NAS Airports allows you to check real time flight information, book an airport lounge or the meet and assist service

http://www.nascorporate.com/mobileapp/   They also are offering a 25 % discount for the introductory stage

Since everyone will be traveling during their break and it’s difficult to find credible real-time flight information online in Kuwait I think this app would be useful to have for everyone. It makes booking your flights that much easier!

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Kuwaiti fashion designer Bazza Alzouman’s womenswear collections use an exquisite mix of textures and fabrics in a muted palette – resulting in the ultimate in sophistication and femininity.

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Designed to flatter the female form, Bazza’s designs are to be worn and enjoyed, giving the wearer an ethereal quality. Her designs feature fun and flirty dresses alongside more demure and understated looks, appealing to a broad customer base, for a wide range of occasions. The ‘limited edition’ collection (only a select number of each style is produced), further enhancing their exclusivity – and appeal.

Having displayed a talent for creating outfits and an eye for fit during her early childhood, Bazza pursued her fashion ambitions, enrolling at New York’s Parsons School of Design, earning an AAS Degree in Fashion Design (2012). Her multi- cultural upbringing has influenced her aesthetic – which combines a streamlined, simplified silhouette with distinctive feminine detailing. Having worked with designer Naeem Khan, this cemented her interest to focus on eveningwear, where she can be at her most creative, designing with fluidity and ease of movement in mind.

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This exclusive showcase at 4 is a unique opportunity to preview Bazza Alzouman’s fist collection and meet the designer.

For further information, please contact: Haya Al Abdulkareem at: haya@thenumber4.com

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Shuwaikh Industrial Area, Block 1, Street 6, Plot 21 Shuwaikh, Kuwait
965 24925444 www.thenumber4.com

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Locust in Kuwait desert

Kuwait be warned! Kuwait is expecting unwelcome guests this week, huge swarms of desert locusts, due to climate change and increased temperature. If you thought that the swarms in the last few years were big, then be prepared because this time it’s going to blow them out of proportion.

The amount of the locusts could be reminiscent to swarms that hit Kuwait in 1931, These small locust, locally known as Daba can cause considerable damage. Reports from Saudi Arabic have states that these swarms of locusts coming from Sudan have reached the Qassim and Hail regions north of the kingdom.

But it there might be a ray of hope with some local environmentalists have stated that these swarms are not expected to reach the country. If you see any, be sure to share your images with us!

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I thought I’d share with you the amazing news of American Tourister’s sale that’s going on from now up until July 21st. They have an amazing amazing range of new bags in various new colors and shapes.

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Here are some things I didn’t know about the brand and traveling:

When you purchase a bag, you get a 3 year INTERNATIONAL warranty on all it’s accessories (wheels, lock, handle etc.) If you mess it up yourself IE scratch it and bang it up, it doesn’t count! Neither does it count if the zipper jams. They’re only responsible for manufacturing mistakes, so keep that in mind!IMG_1297

American Tourister has been around since 1930, where the owner wanted to originally sell luggage for 1$ and the brand grew from there.

You get excellent value for the price you pay, and the bags are more or less a reasonable price for everyone!

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They are located in various locations, Marina, Muthana, Souq Al Kabir, and other outlets like Debenhams and some hypermarkets as well!

The maximum size for your cabin luggage (carry on) is 55 centimeters. It must also not weigh more that 7 KG. They make their bags extremely lightweight to ensure travelers don’t have to worry about extra weight!

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Large suitcases should not be more that 32 KG. I know that sometimes airports let that slide, but 32 is the international limit and that should be abided.

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There are 2 types of locks (I honestly had no idea) The TSA lock, that has a red logo on the lock itself, and the regular lock that has digits. The TSA lock basically means that it has a universal key that can be used at different airports. In places that are more strict about checking luggage, they usually have these keys, and instead of breaking your locks, they can use the key and check in a more civilized manner:P

All in all, they’re an amazing invest, both in style and in durability.

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A friend to our blog has sent us this short clip showing the waste and trash left over from Ministry of Awqaf & Islamic affairs after removal of their spring camp. I thought Baladiya & K-EPA wouldn’t allow for such uncivilized acts go unpunished! I’m shocked to see such an irresponsible act from an official govermental body that supposedly represents Islam.

Thanks [Nawaf]

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