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Church Blocking the Way

I can’t help being a little cynical and a little sad. I have often wondered how long a very visible church could last in a very visible location. It always made me proud that Kuwait was so tolerant to allow Christian worship to take place side by side with Islam in Kuwait. So now the church is impeding progress, and has to go?

From the Arab Times:

Church, cafe blocking way
KUWAIT CITY, March 17: ‘Minister of Public Works and State Minister for Municipal Affairs Mussa Al-Sarraf is determined to remove all obstacles facing the First Ring Road expansion project,’ Al-Rai daily quoted Assistant Undersecretary for Road Engineering Affairs at the Ministry of Public Works Hussein Al-Mansour as saying. The Minister instructed officials to find solutions to the problems, especially for buildings which block the road’s expansion like the church near Jahra roundabout and a cafe, he added.

According to Al-Mansour, the ministry will not be able to complete the project due to these obstacles and ‘it is likely to cost the ministry a lot of money as the contractor will ask for compensation for the delay.’ He said the ministry is waiting for a temporary location for the church and is trying to find alternate arrangements for the cafŽ to hasten the execution of the project ‘which will help in easing the traffic problems in the country.’

March 19, 2008 - Posted by | Building, Bureaucracy, Community, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Spiritual


  1. Ooh i blogged about that yesterday!

    I don’t know if they could remove it, there was this huge Hooopla in Qatar about them building a Church there and supposedly they finally built one but far away and guarded.

    There is already enough Drama going on in Kuwait, and its been in the spot light for Human Rights stuff, and now they are talking about a “Godly” religion.

    Lets see what happens.

    I wonder if they are talking about Starbucks?? if they were it would be
    Religion vs Money Sucking Coffee Joint vs Gov’t!!! WOO that would be an intersting fight! Could you imagine Al-Shaya just buying the streeet LOL!

    Comment by Chirp | March 19, 2008 | Reply

  2. Chirp! I didn’t see your entry! I am having a tough time blogging right now because I am in the middle of the book you recommended on boy soldiers in Sierra Leone, and I can’t put it down. GREAT recommendation from Chirp: A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah.

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 19, 2008 | Reply

  3. Nothing to do with church i guess, its a way to ‘cleanse’ the new downtown , If you notice they are demoloshing all residential building in Dowtown so that the low labour class/maids who gather on weekends will shift elsewhere and they have a posh downtown, right now it is not possible with church being in that area .also very soon they will shift the Murqab bus stop to else where.

    Comment by GreY | March 19, 2008 | Reply

  4. GreY, we saw the same thing happen in Qatar. All the lower rent housing was razed, and everything constructed had a huge price tag. They complain against three or four families sharing an apartment or town house, but what are the choices? I am betting it is housing rate increases that are driving the huge rates of inflation in the Gulf. You see all this new stuff going up and I wonder who is going to live in it? People are speculating against an economy that can’t afford the rents.

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 19, 2008 | Reply

  5. : ( i didn’t about this,, i used to go walk there when i was working in the american missionary hospital just next to it.

    Comment by vixenfatale | March 19, 2008 | Reply

  6. gentrification. not a religious issue. hopefully the church will be relocated to a visible place without too much drama.

    Comment by G.E&B | March 19, 2008 | Reply

  7. Its known for being an indian and a philippino whore house.They sing & dance (pray).Then they leave and everybody humps everybody.

    Comment by talisman | March 20, 2008 | Reply

  8. GE&B – could be. Have you taken a look at the old American hospital lately? The renovation is GORGEOUS! I understand it is going to be a part of a heritage museum here. Total WOW.

    Talisman – I am not normally a cruel person, but because you were careful in your language, I am going to leave your comment up there exactly as you wrote it.

    You can do better. I can see you have some skill. How you use your skill is up to you. You can do better.

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 20, 2008 | Reply

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