Sunday, April 30, 2017

And Now This... Dead Fish Littering Kuwaiti Beaches and Air Quality Causing Breathing Difficulties and Asthma

As the mother of a young child I am horrified at the lack of concern for the environment in Kuwait, as the mother of a Kuwaiti child I am angry, sad and very frustrated. The air quality is so bad some days that I fear we will end up like Beijing soon. Kids and the elderly line up for nebulisers in the local clinics. Constant sore throats, coughs and asthma. Endless pollution being spewed into the air and into our children's lungs, BBC documentaries highlighting Kuwait in the list of countries with the most polluted air and its damaging effects on health. There is a Kuwaiti project [link] to create more trees to act as a barrier against dust storms but there is still much, much more to be done.  And while MPs bicker in parliament someone has allowed the shores of the Kuwaiti Gulf waters to be so polluted that, so far, 5 ton of dead fish have been removed from the beaches. 

Someone should be held accountable and emergency projects need to be put in place to curb the damaging effects. There have been previous cases of red tide not sure what this is. I hope we see a full report soon from EPA and action soon.

Friends are telling me that the area near Babel restaurant stinks at night and although this doesn't seem to halt business to the restaurant it is an unpleasant concern for those walking in the area or playing with their kids at the nearby park. Swimming in this area could be hazardous and I hope EPA look into this matter ASAP and inform the general public if the beaches are safe.

With thanks to Jumanah for this informative video on the subject.


  1. ... and it is destined to happen again because they just don't care. What a dramatic difference it is to go a short distance away to Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, or Oman and take a look at their environments: CLEAN. They have strict laws which are (OMG get this - ENFORCED). The sea is clean, there is no crap washing up on the beaches. People don't carelessly dump (anything really). Kuwait has potential that it has never lived up to.

    Check out my post as well:

    1. AnonymousMay 01, 2017

      The Americans didn't dump depleted uranium in the shores of Qatar, UAE, Oman or Bahrain. The Americans dumped depleted uranium in Kuwait's shores. What a dramatic difference!

      Also, you are deluding yourself if you believe their shores are clean. Qatar has serious issues with pollution and hundreds of fish were caught dead there recently.

      I'm sick and tired of your anti kuwait bashing (under the guise of "constructive criticism"). Even when the Kuwait Opera House was inaguarated, you still managed to find a way to put our country down. I remember the tweets and retweets you made at the time.

      The littering beach issue in Kuwait is due to the lack of privatized beaches (the vast majority of beaches in Kuwait are NOT private, unlike UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman). You simply cannot compare the law enforcement on private beaches to public beaches. Public beaches get trashed everywhere. Private beaches cater to certain segments and its very difficult to trash them. Privatization of public beaches will ultimately end the littering issue.

    2. I'm still waiting to get a refund from JACC after being overcharged by KD 30 which I haven't posted on yet as we are still trying to sort it out 3 months later. The review on them was my honest experience. Have you been?
      Enforcement of littering laws WILL help solve the littering problem, and the beaches should belong to everyone.
      We shall have to wait for EPA's report to know what killed the fish that's the first time I've ever heard of depleted uranium being to blame maybe you should check with EPA.
      If you don't like what I write don't read it and it's not just your country it's mine and my daughter's too.

    3. AnonymousMay 02, 2017

      Today, hundreds of fish were found dead all over Oman shores:

      Seems that you are wrong. This issue exists all over the Arabian Gulf and is not limited to Kuwait.

    4. I'm not adverse to a little constructive criticism but obviously you are, Anonymous.. And as I always say - no one is holding a gun to your head to either read my blog or my tweets. It's kinda interesting that you started off your comment by America bashing and then accused me of Kuwait bashing. As far as I know, blogs and tweets are personal perspectives. You don't have to like them, but then you don't have to participate either.

  2. But thank you for your comment. After all we still have free speech don't we?


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