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Wednesday
Apr012009

Yes We Can!


Many Kuwaitis, most I hope, want to see change.  Positive change.  The elections next month are fast gaining the feel of now-or-never. I feel optimistic this time.  I hope the next parliament and new government work to bring this beautiful country back to the forefront. 


On my travels, I capture the old and the new - and quite often I capture change.  It occured to me today that apart from my Mangaf blog, I don't look closer to home.Kuwait City is going through a massive change.  The skyline changes by the week and I haven't posted enough about it.  


Everywhere you look there is either a newly completed building or one being built. The fifth-ring-road extension was a useful project - even if it was at a turtle's pace - and the huge first-ring-road extension is impressive.  There is the Heritage Village, the National Library (can't wait) and even the beautiful old castle, opposite the British Embassy, has been fenced off ready for restoration.  The thing that in my opinion makes Kuwait special is that we all lived within the wall (Soor) just one generation ago.  What is now Kuwait City was Kuwait.  I think this is why it doesn't have the 'plastic' and empty feel that other concrete cities in the Gulf have. 


In short, it's sometimes easy to forget achievements when we're too busy crtiticizing.  




Reader Comments (8)

I like that shot with the palm trees.

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteriheartfilm

Yep the Palm trees shot is good! Did you manage to get any of the 'snow' in Kuwait?

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAbid

I'm positive and pessimistic about Kuwait! Things don't look like its going to be improving anytime soon.. but we will always be facing problems with the government and so little drive to move forward..

The sad thing is that all the pictures you took were of private buildings.. no government building is built right and if it is, it doesn't have a parking structure! I think I have worked too much with government agencies that a bitter feeling towards them! lol

April 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarzouq

Yes Bu-Yousef, the Kuwaiti skyline, as you head towards Kuwait City from Fahaheel or Ahmadi....is dramatically changing day by day. The already completed and almost completed high-rises, are really a feast to the eyes.

Also hav you noticed the huge residential buildings tat is sprouting up in Fintas? Its like ''wow...awesome''!!!!

One tends to appreciate the progress, esp when one has spent a good lot of time here.

But I still miss the simple yet happy, good old days of the 70s and 80s. Sigh.

April 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJonyboy

-- iheartfilm
Thanks :)

-- Abid
Thank you. No I didn't - not a single one. I've seen some crazy ones!

-- Marzouq
I know what you mean about the mixed feelings! God help you with gov agencies! btw the fact that the above are from the private sector is a good thing. We need to get more into the hands of the private sector.

-- Jonyboy
Yeah... The golden years! They'll come back. I hope!

April 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

I'm optimistic but at the same time dont want to get my hopes up so high. Kuwait has a lot of good things and bad things going on. Sometimes its so frustrating dealing with the govt. offices and trying to get the job done and like Jonyboy I too wish we get the good old days back.

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMathai

Just now returned from Kuwait city, I was at the old souk of Kuwait city. It looks really nice at night time. Try some photos there, all the victorian lamp posts, old wooden doors and windows adds to the notsalgia of the place. Take a right turn from the madenning city life and takes less than a second to realise the past staring you in your face. I always liked this place.

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAkbar

YES WE CAN

April 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercasttro

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