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How Long?

AdventureMan was driving, which left me free to take photos on my way to the airport. Here is the exact same set of traffic lights I photographed April 14th and I hope you will notice, while there actually is a very very dimly lit red light, we can’t discern it in this photograph, and you can barely discern it with your naked eye. Three months later, nothing has changed.

It doesn’t take that much. Send the traffic-light-bulb-changing guy out every single day, and this will not be an issue. How long will it be before we have working red lights?

Now, this truck full of paving stones:

This is not a secure load. This is an accident waiting to happen. The driver is also very aggressive, and hates being passed. His tires are also bald.

July 29, 2008 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions


  1. It should seriously be a priority to change those traffic lights… I mean yes there are people who don’t even acknowledge the exisitance of a traffic light… but its there and when its there and not working… its confusing!! VERY CONFUSING!
    And don’t get me started on those trucks…. how safe are they!! 🙂

    Comment by Hamitaf La B | July 29, 2008 | Reply

  2. sounds like good ol’ kuwait

    Comment by pearls | July 29, 2008 | Reply

  3. Traffic lights do not belong to Kuwait’s traffic rules. There are only 2 rules. Rule #1: Don’t let anybody in. Rule #2: No other rules. 😉

    Comment by Fahad | July 29, 2008 | Reply

  4. Welcome to the land of sunshine, sea, oil and dysfunctional minds. 🙂

    Blame it on the 1990 invasion as they all do.

    Comment by Я | July 29, 2008 | Reply

  5. welcome to kuwait

    if u think thats dangerous, then u should visit the heart of industrial shuwaikh 🙂

    Comment by Ahmed© *Weirdo* | July 29, 2008 | Reply

  6. Hamitaf La B – You are right! It isn’t that hard – someone should be putting in new lights every day of the week!

    Pearls – It isn’t that hard. Improvements start with small changes, and we ARE seeing changes in Kuwait, don’t you think? Fewer people using cell phones while driving. Fewer small children in the front seat. More people using seat belts – it seems small, but as more people accept the changes, it creates a much safer community for us all.

    Fahad – LOL. So the overriding rule is “Me first?”

    Я – Hmmm. . . . the invasion was disruptive, to say the very least. Who do you think is in charge of maintaining traffic lights?

    Ahmen/Weirdo – Holy smokes! I do drive in Shuwaikh! That is a real adrenelin experience!

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 29, 2008 | Reply

  7. hmm I would wanna know how many papers must be signed in order to fix that… sometimes simple things do take forever to get fixed! Since April, huh!?

    Comment by Ansam | July 29, 2008 | Reply

  8. Well to say the least, it took a little over a year to put in speed bumps down the street from my house.

    Also, it’s been 2 years since we put in a request for a pair of speed bumps right outside my workplace’s gates.

    Go figure.

    Comment by Я | July 29, 2008 | Reply

  9. Ansam – LLOOOLLLLL! Or someone important gets on the phone to someone and says “GET IT DONE” and bingo! It’s done!

    Я – No! You are still waiting for those bumps?

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 30, 2008 | Reply

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