Kuwait City, Kuwait
December 16, 2010
To: All American Wardens
From: Consular Section
Subject: Warden Notice 2010 – 1
Please circulate the following message without additions or omissions
immediately to all American citizens within your area of responsibility.
Thursday, December 16, 2010, is Ashoura and marks the end of the 10 days of
ritual mourning observed by most Shi’a Muslims. Observances in Kuwait are
generally peaceful although the mourning rituals can be emotional and public.
As a security precaution, we recommend that U.S. citizens avoid areas where
there are public gatherings and crowds observing Ashoura. In particular, the
following neighborhoods have concentrations of Shi’a mosques and gathering halls
where crowds may congregate:
A standard good security practice is to avoid any large gatherings or crowds.
Even demonstrations that are meant to be peaceful can become violent and
unpredictable. You should avoid them if at all possible. Be alert and aware of
your surroundings and pay attention to local news media.
It is illegal in Kuwait for foreigners to participate in demonstrations. If you
take part in one, you may be arrested.
You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the Embassy website,
found here at U.S. Embassy Kuwait , and by enrolling in the State Department’s
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). You can also get global upates at the
U.S. Department of State’s, Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can
find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country
Specific Information. If you don’t have internet access, we have a call center
for updates–1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or
outside the United States and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.
The American Citizens Services Unit is located in the Consular Section of the
American Embassy in Bayan, Block 6, on Masjed Al-Aqsa Street.
Telephone:  2259-1001 or 2259-1002
Emergency after-hours telephone:  2538-2097
Facsimile:  2259-1438 or 2538-0282
The U.S. Embassy is open Sunday through Thursday, except U.S. federal and most
Qatar’s National Day Celebration is December 18th. Qatar has developed a website especially to publicize National Day activities. You can find it here: Qatar National Day – English)
There is an interactive map on which you can click to find ongoing celebrations, and an event schedule:
I suspect this is going to be one fabulous celebratory year, with the win of the 2022 World Soccer Cup event. Wooo HOOO Qatar!