Kuwait

Kuwait

Etymology

Persian Gulf country, named for its capital city (said to have been founded in current form 1705), which is from Arabic al-kuwayt, diminutive of kut, a word used in southern Iraq and eastern Arabia for a fortress-like house surrounded by a settlement and protected by encircling water, and said to be ultimately from Persian. Related: Kuwaiti. [online etymology dictionary]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Black American Women in Kuwait – This group is for Black American women looking for sisterhood, networking, and socializing in Kuwait. I started this group to find other women who share similar life experience who are willing to help and support those new and old to this challenging environment. The group will organize at least one social event a month where we can get together, talk, have fun and decompress. [meetup]

Board Game Meetup Kuwait – Welcome to the Kuwaiti Board Game meet up group. The board games played here won’t be the usual chess or monopoly or scrabble. However, the games will happily be taught to new players. All new players are welcome. [meetup]

Fun in Kuwait – “This group is for people interested in walking as a social sport. Exercise can get boring when done alone but when you are with others talking and walking the time seems to pass and it doesn’t quite feel like you are exercising. [meetup]

+Plus Youth – A group of youth that unite together once every two weeks or more to look for empowerment, inspiration and a stronger connection to build a better community in Kuwait. [meetup]

Q8-Readers-Book-Club – The Book club is a chance for exploring new books as a group and asking interesting questions, listening to different points of view. [meetup]

Salwa’ Walk and Socialize Meetup – This Group is for all who like Social Gatherings in Kuwait , we will be conducting all type of fun activities like Movie Nights, Making Friends, Dinner Nights, Shisha Nights, Photography, Bowling, Scuba Diving, Picnics, Barbecues Around Kuwait,  Adventures and other fun activities. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Dating in Kuwait – Kuwait Dating Site is one of the Top Dating Service providers. Thousands of successfully matched couples throughout the world are a proof of this and every year millions of new members are taking advantage of the dating opportunities that Kuwait Dating Site has to offer! [kuwait dating site]

Kuwait Dating – Kuwait Girls Singles is the largest and most reliable free online dating site in Kuwait for meeting single girls. We boast millions of Kuwait beautiful girls who have registered with us and are available for dating, falling in love with or something more serious. Irrespective of the cultural and religious social norms, dating a girl or guy of your choice should never be difficult. Thankfully, with Kuwait Girls Singles, it isn’t. Find thousands of attractive Kuwait girls and browse through their photo galleries, dating profiles and much more for free. Our site offers a fun, confidential and safe online dating platform that delivers matchmaking success to those looking for Kuwait single girls. [kuwait.arab.dating]

Kuwait Dream Dating – kuwaitdreamdating.com is one of the Top Dating Service providers. Thousands of successfully matched couples throughout the world are a proof of this and every year millions of new members are taking advantage of the dating opportunities that kuwaitdreamdating.com has to offer! [kuwait dream dating]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Landmarks of Old Kuwait City: Walking Tour -This tour is a marvel of innovative architecture displaying modern technology combined with traditional artisan craftsmanship from Tunisia, Syria, Morocco, Egypt & contributions from Kuwaiti designers. This tour meets directly at the Arab Organization Headquarters. [aware]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Avenues Mall – This shopping mall is the biggest shopping and leisure mall situated in Al-Rai area in Kuwait. Here visitors can find the most popular and known retail brands and restaurants all over the world. Every day this entertainment shopping precinct attracts thousands of people supplying a noticeable increase to the economy and prestige of the country. [spg middle east]

House of Mirrors – In the suburbs of Qadisiya you will find a miniature museum where every detail is scrupulously made of thousand broken mirrors. The widow of well – known artist in Kuwait Khalifa al Qattan, took her idea after decorating some furniture pieces. [spg middle east]

Kuwait Beaches – Kuwait as a country with approximately 290 km of the coastline has many wonderful private and public beaches to enjoy while taking a boat trip or just having a walk along one of them. The largest beach in Kuwait is situated at the Messila coast, particularly at the Fahaheel express way. [spg middle east]

National Museum – The National Museum of Kuwait will introduce the visitors to the country’s history where the traditions and the culture is reflected. Designed by the architect Michel Ecochard it was the 1st museum founded in Kuwait. Museum includes four buildings with a charming garden which unites all of them. [spg middle east]

Sadu House – Founded in early eighties this artistic house and museum is devoted to shield the culture and traditions of Bedouins – an Arabic ethnic group who traditionally lived in a desert. Bedouins have developed their handiworks with the famous sewing in geometrical shapes method called Sadhu. [spg middle east]

Sief Palace – Sief Palace is the official seat of the emir’s court. The palace dates the early 20th century and is the Original palace in Kuwait located near the roundabout. The Sief Palace is open to the public, since the new palace was completed in the early 2000. [spg middle east]

Souk Mubarakia – One of the most liked and authentic places in Kuwait are the Mubarakia. Here all the visitors will find what their heart want – clothes, jewellery, toys, souvenirs, carpets, perfumes, fruits, vegetables, different kind of dates, olives or delicious halwa. [spg middle east]

The Aquarium and Scientific Center – The aquarium is one of the biggest in the Middle East and reveals some of the most exciting Marine life. The exposition starts with the desert part representing the species and animals of the desert such as snake, caracal or hedgehog and continues with the storytelling about coastal edge environment showing penguins and coastal fish. [spg middle east]

The Grand Mosque – This Mosque is the most wonderful prayer place in Kuwait. Decorated with the “Asma al-hosna”, 99 names of God, the Grand Mosque can be attended by 10,000 men and 950 women at once. A huge library of almost four hundred meters with Islamic books and documents is located in the Grand Mosque which was constructed in 1986. [spg middle east]

Festivals

Festivals

Eid el-Adha – This October religious festival remembers Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, and is commemorated with visits to mosques, family meals, new clothes and the giving of money and gifts to children. In rural areas, a sheep or goat may be sacrificed. [iexplore]

Eid el-Fitr – The most joyous of all Kuwait’s festivals is Eid el-Fitr, the end of Ramadan. The festivities last for several days, and include visits with friends and family, gift exchanges and feasts. Eid is a time of peace, forgiveness, merry-making, and massive celebrations. [iexplore]

Hala Festival – The Hala Festival in February is a celebration of springtime, with the parched desert land alive with lush greenery and vibrantly colored flowers. Migratory birds arrive by the million, and cultural events, street parades, and carnivals are held throughout the month. Shops and stores hold their annual sales, drawing visitors from Arab countries and beyond. [iexplore]

Islamic New Year – The Islamic New Year falls on the first day of the first month of Muharram in October, November or December, depending on the Islamic calendar. Kuwaitis watch the new moon in the early evening as days begin at sunset. Cards wishing health and wealth are exchanged along with gifts, and New Year resolutions are set. It’s a low-key event, centered on the family. [iexplore]

Liberation Day – The national holiday celebrated on February 26 marks the liberation of Kuwait via Operation Desert Storm at the end of the First Gulf War. Patriotism is shown by rejoicing in public buildings, parties, street parades and dancing, and the joyous waving of the flag. It’s a time of remembrance for the thousands who lost their lives during the Iraqi invasion, and for those who were captured and imprisoned. [iexplore]

National Day – Celebrated in February on the day before Liberation Day, National Day marks the final emergence of Kuwait from Ottoman rule and its transformation into an independent country. National dress is worn and it’s a time for family, parties and feasting. [iexplore]

Ramadan – The most important religious festival in Kuwait is the holy month of Ramadan in August/September, celebrated as the time when the Prophet Muhammad revealed the Koran to his followers. From sunrise to sunset, Muslims abstain from eating and drinking and pray five times a day instead of the usual four. The month begins with the viewing of the new moon, and evenings during the festival are spent eating, talking and celebrating life with friends and family. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

By bus – The Kuwait Public Transport Company (KPTC) and CityBus run buses in and around Kuwait City, with a flat 250 fils fare for trips in the city. The two run on the same routes, so KPTC bus 999 will get you to the same place and for the same price as CityBus 999. However, bus shelters are spartan, schedules erratic and information lacking, making this a poor second to taxis if you’re in any sort of hurry and not desperately short on cash. [wikitravel]

By taxi – If you don’t have your own wheels, taxis are the most practical form of transport. Meters are universally ignored (the official fares haven’t changed in years), so agree on the price before you set off. [wikitravel]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Designers Of Kuwait – Designers of Kuwait connects like minded individuals who are Architects, interior Designers,engineers and Industrial Designers to discuss design theories and everything related to design. if design is your passion this group is for you. [meetup]

Global Management Challenge GCC – Alumni – This is a group for anyone who competed, competing or planning to compete in the Global Management Challenge. It is the world’s largest strategic and management competition based on simulation. [meetup]

Kuwait Blender Artists – This is a digital creation gathering for 3D artists using blender for visualisations, asset creation, animation, simulation, game building, 3D printing.. etc. [meetup]

TESOL Toastmasters Club – We’re a special club affiliated with 2 International organizations (TESOL & Toastmasters) joining us means having 2 oficial memberships. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Your Expat Community in Kuwait – Whether you’re in the early stages of considering a move to Kuwait, or have been living there for a while, there’s a great deal to be gained from the InterNations community. With InterNations, you’ve found your home away from home and can get the support you need both before and after your move. Unsure about procedures relating to applying for a work visa? Concerned about safety or inadvertently breaking unfamiliar regulations? Or just want to meet other expats and have some fun? The InterNations network can help with all these issues and many more! [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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