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7 Million Muslims

In today’s Kuwait Times is an Independance Day message from the American Ambassador, Richard LeBaron, in which he states:

Numbering some seven million, there are more Muslims in America than in Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE combined. In our more than 1,200 mosques that stand peacefully alongside churches and synagogues, you will find congregations as diverse as America itself. . .

I had no idea. I know in the Seattle area there are many mosques, many Moslems; Seattle is a city built on the energy and hope of new immigrants. But I had no idea we had seven million Moslems in the USA.

If you want to read the full text of the message you will have to buy the paper – it’s not on the website.

July 4, 2007 Posted by | Community, Cross Cultural, Events, Geography / Maps, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Seattle, Social Issues, Spiritual, Statistics | 9 Comments

Saturday Off Again

I thought it was a done deal. I am still learning how things are done in Kuwait! this is a tiny article in today’s Kuwait Times:

Saturday off decision deferred
KUWAIT: Official sources disclosed that the Cabinet decided to postpone implementing a decision officiating Saturday as the day off instead of Thursday because the final decision needed further studies, reported Al-Qabas.

They said that the previous decision which stipulated Saturday being a day off starting from the beginning of September was postponed due to parliamentary pressure on the Cabinet in dropping the decision.

Several organizations have reorganized their schedules to accomodate the “new” workweek and will be re-scheduling. I bet the schools are going wild. This postponement sounds indefinite – meaning like it’s off again permanently.

July 4, 2007 Posted by | Bureaucracy, Communication, Community, Cultural, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Political Issues, Random Musings | 3 Comments