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).
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.
I’m sure you all heard about the tragic death of Fast & Furious hunky actor and star, Paul Walker, on Saturday. He was 40. Frankly, this was a shock to me and I’m sure to all of his loyal fans and will undoubtedly leave a big gap in one of the world’s most successful movie franchises. Apparently, he died after a Porsche Carrera GT 2005 crashed into a light standard and burst in flames near Los Angeles (see below), he was the passenger.
I can’t really imagine how horrific the accident must have been since the Porsche has turned in a complete wreck, seriously scary. Now who would have ever imagined that his death would be caused by a supercar since he was all about furious and death defying racings in F&F movies. There’s no such a car that can save us from certain sudden death if we’re not always careful, million of things can go wrong at any moment of time. Farewell Paul.
Following the success of the first Kuwait Yacht Show, which ran for Five fully-packed days in January 2013, they planned for a bigger and even better show in 2014.
The 2nd edition of the Kuwait Yacht Show, to be held from 2nd to 7th February, will bring together a mix of yachts, marine equipment, elements essential to the nautical lifestyle and will include in water shows and activities.
The best of Kuwait’s marine dealers and the finest international brands; all gathered together in one fantastic
Missed The British Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, air show yesterday afternoon? You’re not alone because I also missed it. Actually I didn’t even know about it beforehand and thanks to the low profile press media! Such events shall be publicly announced on media like TV, Radio, Newspapers, Blogs, and even Google ads so people can know and get the chance to see it in person. I came back home from work at 3:30 pm and heard the roar of jets but I thought they were just moving from one air base to another.
It’s not everyday you get to see British Air Force in action. I was always a fan of Britsh Air Force, well since I ever watched documentaries on World War II, and it seems that they gave such spectacular show in Kuwait sky near Marina Mall shoreline. No wonder since they are one of the world’s premier aerobatic teams.
Luckily enough, one of our blog readers shared with us such a long video for the whole action. Also, I managed to find some shots online.
Looks like fatal fights in Kuwait are not only happening in shopping malls but are also invading football courts! I’m observing that the re-occurrence of fights in sport events are on the rise in Kuwait and no one is doing a thing!
Latest was a knives fight at Kuwait premier league under 20 that started after the last night’s match between Arabi and Kazima sports clubs. To my surprise the fight started between the players themselves and escalated by the crowd, and to make things even worse the police were non-existent to contain it! How can they even play without police or guards? I’m so sick of this chaos.
When I saw this news headline in the Arab times yesterday,I found it strange that the traffic department would act surprised at these news.
Any body who has driven on our roads in Kuwait, without taking into consideration the accident rates, would have wondered if half of the drivers on our roads actually have a license or rather how they got to have a license to begin with.
I definitely feel that this is huge contributing factor to road incidents in Kuwait. What do you guys think?
I am shocked and enraged by what some people have been posting on social media sites and mobile apps in respect of the Arab and Africa Summit that is currently going on in Kuwait. Images like the one above have been going around and I find it disgusting that some people have no shame in displaying their ignorant and rudeness to the guests of Kuwait.
Where is our respect? Where is our hospitality as a nation if we can bluntly call the guests of the nation such? Kuwait, we can do better than this!