“Run the first mile with your legs, the second mile with your mind, and the third mile with your heart.”
On May 18th 2013, at 8 AM Ecco will be hosting, for the first time, its 10 kilometer race in Kuwait at the Mishref Track. With this 10 K run, Ecco will be presenting its new Biom line that would prepare runners for the track ahead. There will be 6 winners, three males, and three females which will be recieving trophies according to their ranks; as well as, receiving vouchers to purchase their very own Ecco Biom pair of running shoes. Registration fees are 15 KD so if your interested visit their website or any of the Ecco branches.
For all you soccer fans out there, for all Real Madrid Fans, for all Ronaldo Fans.. I share with you the following:
So, who did it better – Messi or Ronaldo?
Today on my way to Kuwait City on Road 30 I saw Platinum Health Club near Messilah almost completed, so I took a quick detour to find out if they have opened yet. The reception said their expected opening date is on 10th of May and that the monthly rate will be less than KD50 (that’s even cheaper than Oxygen Gym Jabriya). I tried to get a sneak peek tour but they said they are still bringing in the machines, though they said it will be one of the best looking gyms in Kuwait.
I’ll make sure to check it out before the grand opening to show you how it looks on the inside. It’s great to see that many health clubs are opening in Kuwait but I hope to see the prices getting lower.
Remember my post about Brazil National Football team coming to Kuwait for the official opening of Jaber Stadium? I just received semi-confirmed news that Kuwait Football Association has got the initial approval from FC Barcelona to come to Kuwait for a friendly football match against Kuwait National Football team at Jaber International Stadium. The football association claims that the game with Brazil National Football team was cancelled because they wanted the full team and not just the secondary players to participate in the game just like what happened when FC Barcelona came to Kuwait back in 2009 if I remember correctly.
According to Football Association the negotiations will continue once the on-going UEFA Champions League is finished (by the way, the 4-0 against Bayern Munich was
Ouch). I’ll make sure to provide you with more details once I get them.
Are you into basketball and follow NBA? Well, I received this invitation for Hoop Mountain Basketball Camp in Kuwait that will be hosting the former NBA pro basketball ball player Adam Harrington. The organizers said the event will include:
- Basketball Clinic.
- Dunk Showcases.
- Lottery Draw (a chance to shoot a 3 point Basket & Win a Holiday Package for two).
- Meet players and coaches.
Now the great news, I’m willing to giveaway the ticket, just submit any comment and you are eligible to win.
Where: Al Bayan Bilingual School, Hawally.
When: Saturday 27th April at 10:15 am
Winner: We used Random.org for the draw, winner is commenter#2, congrats.
I got an email from the organizers of Gladiators Fighting Championship informing me that there will be a 3rd version for the event next week under the name Grand Epic. This time around the cage fighting event will be held at Al Arabi Sports Club and there are over 20 MMA fighters and tickets are sold for KD10 and KD5. However the VIP tickets were already sold out I heard, not entirely sure though. I’ve not been to the event last time but I hope the fights will be more serious this time and judges won’t stop the fighters each time they get in close contact.
Where: Al Khatib Hall – Al Arabi Sports Club – Mansoureya
When: Friday 26th April at 6:00 PM
Phone: 99239555 / 66847982
BBC channel had an exclusive interview with renowned Kuwaiti businessman, Fawaz Al Haswai, during their 3 days visit to Kuwait. Mr. Al Hasawi has bought the British football club Nottingham Forest 8 months ago, in addition to the interview they had an unprecedented tour inside his luxurious massive mansion (it’s more like a palace). Check out the exotic supercars at 1:21 of the video, they say he got 40 of them and that his wealth net worth is over one billion dollar, Mashallah.
Read the full interview here [link]
A friend of mine who’s into motocross has informed that Jaber Al-Ahmad International Motocross Champion will kick-off tomorrow and that there will be international riders from all over the world competing. My friend also added that there are separated platforms and tents for families and bachelors. So if you liked the previous Red Bull X-Fighters Jams then I suppose you’ll enjoy this one, also it’s a great event for photo-shooters. So who’s going?
Where: Jaber Al-Sabah International Motocross Track (see location on map below)
When: 23rd March 2013 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Last year I posted an inspiring story about a Kuwaiti man in his mid 50′s who managed to score a world record and climb Liberation Tower in merely 7 minutes [link]. I came across a similar inspiring story today that took place a few days ago, this time around a 59 year old Kuwaiti runner, Ali Al Eidan, has also managed to climb Liberation Tower stairs in 455 secs only, that’s about 7.5 minutes which is also a great achievement. By the way, Liberation Tower is 372 meters high and considered the 2nd tallest structure in Kuwait and 5th tallest tower worldwide, so you can imagine the amount of efforts needed.
Moral of the story in my opinion is that being relatively old shouldn’t hold us from living quality life and pursuing our dreams, there are many who are young but living so unhealthy life claiming that they are not young anymore. I hope this stories will help them change their minds and regain their sanity.
A friend of mine who’s working with the team handling the preparations of Jaber Al Ahmad International Stadium (AKA Jaber Stadium) official opening has invited me for a tour at the stadium today. I always heard and read controversial news about Jaber stadium but actually never had the chance to visit it before so I decided to go and see if the issues were rectified, it was planned to officially open on the 17th February but opening was postponed for a reason that I don’t know yet. I arrived in the evening at Gate#8 and I noted there were 13 gates, I saw there were tickets kiosks scattered around the parking area which is good idea for buying tickets and preventing future congestion.
A short brief about Jaber stadium before I take you on a tour; it’s a multi-purpose stadium in Ardhiyah area and can be seen from 6th Ring Road, it was completed in 2009 but there were many issues and claims regarding the structural integrity but thankfully they were resolved, it’s constructed in 4 levels and has a capacity of 68,000 seated spectators and 6,000 car parkings which makes it the largest stadium in Kuwait.
I recall there was a problem with the turf a few months ago but I saw that this was also resolved. There were many volunteers working hard to get the stadium ready for the opening, they said the new opening date is between February 25th and March 5th. As a civil engineer, I loved how the stadium was designed yet I expected it to be bigger though it looked beautiful from every angle. My first remark was regarding the absence of multi-car parking because clearly 6,000 parking are not adequate for 68,000 spectators but they said the parking area was expanded to reach around 50,000 parkings, also I wish if they start marking the emergency evacuation exits. I walked around the stadium and checked the facilities, there were two large LED screens fixed, a royal and VIP platforms in addition to normal platforms, specialized boxes for media, large speakers, and solar panels that they say are used in case of power failure.
They said there will a huge festive event for the grand opening (laser and fireworks show) and that there will be an international football team coming to Kuwait for a friendly match (most likely Brazil like I said before) and that there will also be an event to break Guinness World Record by making the biggest flag in the world. Did I mention that I went to the top of the stadium? The view was spectacular.
I generally liked how Jaber Stadium looked but there were small shortcomings related to the design and some of the facilities (no Olympic swimming pool, small toilets…etc.) but I suppose they can be addressed, I’m defintely going to visit Jaber stadium for the opening event.