My buddy sent me this story this early mornnig along with photos. Apparently a blondee riding a Corvette has turned Gulf Road on the weekend into a big mess, numerous guys or should I say “flock of sheep” were chasing her like they haven’t seen a girl ever before! The police pursued the blondee because she was over speeding and driving recklessly, and when they finally pulled her over they found that she doesn’t even have a driving license so they got her car towed.
This is funny and pathetic at the same time, why do guys chase every girl riding a sport car on sight? Someone could have been hurt badly.
I received this sad story through email from an Asian expat who works in Kuwait and had no one to turn to.
I am an Asian expat working for a newspaper. I am young, well-educated, decent but middle-class female. Why did I write ‘but middle-class’? Because no one cares about women like me. We have money but we cant get licenses even if we can afford cars because they fail us purposely at license tests. I am angry now because of what happened to me and don’t know who to blame.
On 4th August 2012 at 10:20 PM after work, I took bus # 88 from Shuwaikh Canada Dry Street to come to Maidan Hawally. I was the only female in the bus, later a noisy bunch of Arab teenagers rushed into the bus, I was sitting at the side seats, reading Arab Times.. I heard something ripping and I looked to my left at the boys to see one among them ripping the curtains. He also spit in the bus. when he looked up and saw me looking at him, I turned away quickly as I didnt want to get their attention. To be honest, their unruliness made me nervous. Then they began to pick the garbage in the bus and throw at me; I saw it fall around me but I didn’t bother. I continued to read and I felt a juice pack hit my face.
As I turned it towards them, one of the guys came to me and shouted in Arabic , he ripped the newspaper away from my hands and said F… You and he slapped me. As they were leaving, they slapped me, spit on me and yelled out F… you. This experience was really traumatizing for me, I felt humiliated, the other men in the bus didn’t bother to help, and to add to my humiliation, they sneered at me as though I taunted them and it was my fault.
I spoke to the bus driver and he said many kids (14-17 years old) create problems for passengers very often; they stand in front of the bus while the bus is moving which forces the bus to sudden brake. If the driver refuses to open the door, they bang on the door till he opens it.. and then they hit the bus driver but since most bus drivers are Asian expatriates, they don’t fight back. Passengers cannot travel after 9 PM, taking a taxi late evening alone is dangerous as there have been several incidents of women getting molested and using buses is difficult because of these unruly teenagers who get to travel for free. This is the everyday situation in Kuwait for middle class women. what do we do?
I’m speechless! There were gross stuff in the story that I couldn’t even share on the blog, I’m shocked to know that Kuwait buses are filled with horror and yet no action what so ever was taken. Where are the police? Where is the bus security? Why driving license is given to the unworthy and not those who deserve it?
I always wondered about how/why Kuwaiti flag changed from red color to the preesnt colors (black, white, green, and red)? I came across this interesting interview with Mr. Mohammed Jassem Al Sadah telling the story that took place during Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem tenure.
I saw that Municipality is now developing the Safat Square to include a a beautiful musical fountain that will organize daily public shows with cost of 4.5 Million Dinar, brilliant idea!
Safat Square is one of the most popular land marks in Kuwait, its located in the heart of Kuwait City and it represents a point where all old Kuwait areas (Qibla, Mirqab, Salhiya, Watya, and Sharq) meet.
It was a square where old tramps used to rest at, also it was a Souk (Marketplace) and an official place for making various festivals plus Police used it for public executions.
As for the name, Safat means a big wide and smooth rock in Arabic, maybe it was called Safat due to a geographical cause though I’m not sure.
I found this picture below for Safat Square back in 1950′s.
Also this is very old photo for Safat Square with tramps and camels.
“We’re hosting our second “storytelling event” the event will be in three days at the Kuwait culture book summer fair at the Avenues Mall in front of That Al Salasil . There will be activities prizes snacks and more after the reading. Find below the date and time for the readings”.