Emirates’ A380 starts flying to Kuwait!

 

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Emirates is to introduce a scheduled A380 service to Kuwait from 16 July, marking the airline’s 25th anniversary of flights to the country. EK 857 and EK 858 will be upgraded to a double decker, bringing Emirates’ highly popular flagship aircraft to Kuwait International Airport. It was 16 July 1989 when Emirates began flights between Dubai and Kuwait, and the airline now serves the route five times daily with a combination of Boeing and Airbus aircraft.

“We would like to express our special thanks to the State of Kuwait, the Aviation Authorities and Kuwait International Airport for their continued support over the past 25 years and for allowing us to bring the A380 into their country. This is a tremendous opportunity for customers travelling to and from Kuwait to enjoy the pride of the Emirates fleet,” said Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Centre. Continue reading

Kuwait does its own “Happy” music video, aims to promote positivity

In a bid to spread positivity, a group of Kuwaiti youth collaborated to create their own rendition of a worldwide phenomenon through a music video. A number of Kuwaiti residents, a long with contributors and volunteers, united to create a Kuwaiti version of Pharrell’s first Billboard #1 hit “Happy” from the soundtrack of the movieDespicable Me 2. Other cities have also completed and released their videos including Dubai, Amman, Hong Kong, London, Amsterdam and scores more.

Now, Kuwait has joined forces with most countries in the world in creating its own version of the music video. Like many others, the Kuwaiti version of the “Happy” music video aims to promote positivity and embrace diversity throughout the interwoven fabric that creates this beautiful and colourful nation’s spectrum. The optimistic song serves as a backdrop to many cheerful video contributions from more than 150 residents of Kuwait regardless of age, race, gender, cultural background or lifestyle.

The intention was to reengineer Pharrell’s “Happy” song into an effective message locally by filming specified locations within the city as well as reintroducing “Free Kuwait” t-shirts which were worn during the Gulf War as people were demanding the liberation of their country. Today the youth are maintaining the atmosphere of liberation in spreading positivity and celebrating freedom of expression.

The video is the work of filmmaker Mohammad AlSaeed and is the idea of director Taibah AlQatami.  It was shot at a number of locations around Kuwait during February 2014. Many contributions were personally submitted for inclusion and have been incorporated into the music video. The project is done under Weoritu, which is a global institution that promotes positive change through the medium of art.

Join the air of positivity that “Happy” provides and spread the cheer with us! Also, share your happy moments on #HappyQ8

Kenya wants Kuwaiti tourists!

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Officials of the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) are visiting Kuwait City, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha in a bid to woo tourists. The campaign will take a week, according to a statement from KTB. KTB says these cities and especially Kuwait City have shown all the indications of contributing to the Kenya’s tourism growth as the country turns to emerging markets and the Africa region for more tourists.

“Kuwait is potential to us and this is the beginning of our efforts to tapping into the market that is interested in luxury travel’ says KTB acting Regional Marketing Manager in charge of the Africa Market Fatma Bashir. KTB is meeting about 200 travel agents in the cities to interest them to sell Kenya.

After the initial awareness of what Kenya has to offer, the tour operators invited for the forums will then get an opportunity to meet the accompanying travel trade companies for one-to-one business discussions.

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Kuwait: Extinct species of shark found in fish market!

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Okay, so this is not news all over the country because, let’s face it, not much attention is given to environmental issues in the country. Sad to say it, but its true. Apparently, an extinct species of shark – the smoothtooth blackfin shark (one of the few species actually native to our coastline in the Gulf only) has been found dead in a fish market ready for sale for probably, and we are guesstimating here, 2KD a kilo. We mean, who buys sharks for food in Kuwait anyway?

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If the environmental and habitat laws in this country were applied, put in place and actually implemented maybe we can save revive this species since obviously it still could be in our waters. Anyway, this news piece, which seems to be overlooked by many is circulating in some travel and science blogs.

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Kuwait Airport installs first self-service check-in kiosks

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“Kuwait International Airport is installing 12 self-service check-in kiosks as part of an eight-year contract renewal for SITA’s AirportConnect Open passenger processing platform. The kiosks are currently undergoing testing and are the first to be installed in the airport.

 

Fawaz El Farah, President of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Kuwait, said: “Kuwait International Airport is growing at a rate of 5% annually. SITA’s self-service technology provides an efficient way to help manage these extra passengers, while enhancing their experience in the airport.” Continue reading