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Happy National Day Kuwait

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Happy Liberation Day and Happy National Day to all my friends in Kuwait. Party hearty 🙂

Almost twenty-five years since the Invasion of Kuwait. Imagine. There are young Kuwaitis graduating from college who weren’t even alive when Iraq invaded.

February 24, 2014 - Posted by | Cross Cultural, Cultural, Entertainment, Events, ExPat Life, Kuwait | ,


  1. intlxpatr :
    Thanks for sharing our joy in the national day and liberation day , This year the celebrations continued with the water balloons and soakers , with a lot of Saudi visitors participating in the events.
    The police caught a group of local guys who sprayed water spiked with hair removal lotion on the crowds

    Comment by daggero | March 4, 2014 | Reply

    • (gasp!) Hair removal? That’s just cruel. Why would they do that? It’s so hostile.

      I always loved seeing what the lights were like on National and LIberation days. I was so thankful to be there leading up to the 50th anniversary – oh, what lights!

      Daggero, what do you think about the MP who is saying that the traffic problems in Kuwait are due to too many expats?

      Comment by intlxpatr | March 4, 2014 | Reply

  2. intlxpatr

    The campaign against junk cars driven mainly by expats who many of them did not have valid driving license ( Expats number 2 to 1 to Kuwaitis ) has succeeded in removing i would say 95+ percent of them off the main roads ,

    Now there is a new campaign against not using seat-belts and handing mobile phones while driving ,the traffic department said they issued 28 thousand tickets for that only in two weeks , I see most of the Asian and expat Arab drivers using ear phones now , the police say that if you want to violate the laws you better doing it back home , and get this, they are citing America ( USA) as a country that practice deporting foreigners for any excuse ( after 9/11) So it may sound racial but the fact is Expats are following the traffic rules better .

    Because so many cars were impounded ( usually around 1600 cars a week ) the traffic police has given a grace period for all violators to come and pay the fines and collect the cars right away ,in the pretext of the Gulf Traffic Week , but i think they have ran out of space in the holding areas because of so many cars are impounded, so they need the space to get new cars in , talk about inventory management ???

    Some MPs are starting to question the traffic police practices , and i think sooner or later these measures of removing bad drivers whether by fines or by deporting will reach their limit and we will suffer for two or three years until the major road projects finish.

    Comment by daggero | March 7, 2014 | Reply

    • I’ve noticed that now that mobiles are no longer a “Hey, look at me talking on my mobile” sort of thing, I see a lot less of it in cars here, too. Also, the US is running huge campaigns against both talking and texting while driving; texting has slowed driving down in major cities as people are busy texting when the lights change and only start up when someone honks. Aarrgh. Many texting related highway accidents and deaths. So sad.

      LOL at the impound lot getting too full, that is hilarious. And it sounds like Kuwait is getting a lot of cars off the streets that are barely functional anyway; the ones we often saw burning by the side of the road.

      I also heard that Qatar now has a law requiring car seats for the babies! Has Kuwait adopted that law?

      Comment by intlxpatr | March 7, 2014 | Reply

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