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Expat wanderer

Warning to Egyptians

Please, please, somebody else read this and tell me what it means. From today’s Kuwait Times:

Informed souce at the Ministry of Communications revealed that the closure of websites of companies that offer illegal international telephone call service was successful because the number of international calls from Kuwait and coming to Kuwait from other states increased following their decision.

On the other hand, the Egyptian ambassador to Kuwait Ahmad Abdullah warned Egyptian expatriates in Kuwait against violating the Kuwaiti laws expecially following a number of complaints were filed against Egyptian citizens of cheating residents with providing illegal residence permits and driving licenses. The ambassador asked all Egyptian expats to avoid this kind of illegal actions because the expats who commit such crimes will be deported from Kuwait, reported Al-Qabas.

My comment: Excuse me? How are these two paragraphs even related? How is banning telephone calls successful due to an increase in the banned telephone calls? And for what will Egyptians be deported – using an illegal phone? Providing fake residencies? Fake driver’s licenses? All of the above?

March 8, 2007 Posted by | Bureaucracy, Communication, Crime, Cross Cultural, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Financial Issues, Kuwait, News, Rants, Social Issues, Technical Issue | 12 Comments

Manshar Mall: Rotana Hotel Open

One day it was not open – and then it was! I haven’t seen any announcements for the Rotana, but it is indeed open for business. There are signs all over Fehaheel indicating the Rotana Hotel’s whereabouts, but those have been up for months.

And – the Villa Moda signs are back up, indicating they will be opening soon. Interesting. Wonder when “soon” will be?

Last but not least – Al Kout and Al Manshar appear to be related, at least architecturally. Why have they not connected the two with a walking bridge from the top floor? Crossing that road is deadly! And parking in the Al Manshar Mall parking lot is severely limited.

And why so much security? There are security guards everywhere, and they are very very firm (my big smile did not sway them) about NOT taking photos.

The very cool thing about Al Manshar Mall is that there are a lot of small shops; it has a very souk-y feel about it, and they aren’t the shops you find in all the usual (ho hum) malls.

And there is a small but very very busy Chili’s.



March 8, 2007 Posted by | Cross Cultural, Customer Service, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Lumix, Middle East, Photos, Shopping, Uncategorized | 4 Comments