Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Boras Kitchen Garden in Kuwait

A little gardening inspiration. There is a fantastic Gardening in Kuwait group on Facebook for tips and encouragement. The video was made yesterday during lockdown so instead of throwing away seeds and vegetables fruits peels, use them... peels add nutrients and nitrogen to the soil as they decompose. Parmita puts them directly on to her plants, delicious home grown veggies and look how much fun the kids are having too.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020

Al Salam Palace Museum in Kuwait

Al Salam Palace Museum is one of the most important projects of the Al Diwan Al Amiri Al Salam Palace was originally designed and built in the 1950s as a residential palace for Sheikh Saad Al Abdullah Al Salem Al Sabah. In 1961, after Kuwait gained its independence, a state guest house was needed to host foreign delegations that began to visit Kuwait after becoming a member of the United Nations. Thus, Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Al Sabah, Amir of Kuwait, transferred the Palace’s ownership to the State. Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, Minister of Finance at the time, was assigned to supervise the construction and furnishing.

The palace received its first visitor in 1964. Over the following 26 years, more than 166 emperors, kings, heads of states and many important political and diplomatic figures visited the Palace. During the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990 the Palace was destroyed, and its properties were looted. After 23 years, Al Diwan Al Amiri set a plan for refurbishment and renovation of Al Salam Palace, converting it into a museum that narrates 300 years of Kuwait’s history. This was based on a proposal submitted by the Historical Affairs and Museums Sector of Al Diwan Al Amiri, which was assigned the task of collecting the undocumented history of Kuwait from sources all over the world in addition to the design and implementation of the museum.

For opening times, location and more details. You have to book online. It is KD8 per person and only 12 years and up are allowed. It is only by guided tour. They have tours in English and Arabic and you have to book in advance.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The Wandering Quinn in Kuwait

I spent 2 days seeing Kuwait with my local friends and from it, I've got some good places to visit in Kuwait city, and further afield for you. Kuwait is often referred to as being a boring city or tourists and travellers and I would say that's because things are spread out and it's hard to get around. However in one day in Kuwait there are a few things to do in Kuwait City and ways to Kuwait. Start at the Scientific Centre and walk along the boardwalk to Marina Mall. Get lunch at Fareej Swalieh. Catch a cab or the bus to the Old Marina and do a round boat trip to see the city for 1KD. Take a cab or bus to the Kuwait Towers and go up them for Sunset. Take a cab to the Grand Mosque in Kuwait City and do a free guided tour on Thursday-Sundays at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00 & 6:30pm. Walk to Souq Al Mubarakiya and to Salat Square. End in Al Shaheed Park at night. There are also museums and of course lots of shopping malls in Kuwait too which will introduce you to the old and the modern Kuwaiti culture. The following day I headed along what is the longest bridge in the world to the desert for an evening of camping and dune buggies in the desert with my friends. This would be possible to do as a tourist but you would need a 4x4 and equipment.

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