A New Kuwaiti Landmark: Bayt Abdullah Children’s Hospice

22 Jan 2012  8 Comments

Bayt Abdulla Children s Hospice

Last Thursday, my wife was lucky enough to be invited for the opening of Bayt Abdullah Children’s Hospice. The place is amazing and is a wonderful accomplishment. This was the graduation project of Mrs. Alia Al-Ghunaim, Hats-off to her.

Under the umbrella of Kuwait Association for the Care of Children in Hospital, we started a home care team to provide palliative care for children with life-threatening conditions in 2006, and have since supported over 80 terminally ill children, and their families.

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The playful, child-friendly principles of the architecture of Bayt Abdullah were followed through in the design of the interiors by NBBJ of Columbia, Ohio who are leaders in the field of children’s hospital design.

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With guidance from our International Scientific Advisory Board, by learning from and collaborating with established Centres of Excellence such as Great Ormond Street Hospital and Children’s Hospitals of Minnesota…

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Bayt Abdullah Children’s Hospice will provide pediatric palliative care for children in Kuwait with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

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A gymnasium and Hydrotherapy pool provide facilities for fun, games, rehabilitation and physiotherapy. Bayt Abdullah Theatre is professionally designed to accommodate different types of performances and entertainment and will also provide therapeutic activities such as Art, Music and Drama therapy.

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… we have looked after made wishes to visit Disney Land but few could make the journey. Alia Al Ghunaim, the architect of Bayt Abdullah, decided to give all our children the opportunity to experience the thrills and fun of the fairground by incorporating a Ferris Wheel, Magic Carpet, Rooftop Walkway and Observation Tower in her design.

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Eleven chalets give our families the opportunity to have short holidays away from home at a time when it may be difficult for them to travel.

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Inpatient facilities are located on the first floor, above the library and cafeteria, overlooking the roofs of the chalets, and facing the sea. There are 6 mother and children suites and 4 mother and baby suites.

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This is one of the most wonderful projects not just have been completed, but have been thought out in recent time. Its groundbreaking for Kuwait and the region.

It took 6 years for this project to become a reality while other major projects in the country are still in limbo.

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Gulf Run 7 Car Show

15 Jan 2012  1 Comment

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Yesterday, I barely managed to pass by 360 mall to catch a glimpse of the Gulf Run 7 car show. The event gets bigger and bigger every year. The place was packed like people needed another reason to go to 360 mall. Some lucky winner managed to go home on a Vespa as a result of being the raffle winner.

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They also managed to raise more than 7000KD for Hayat cancer foundation which is great.

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The display inside the mall was also great with a 8 really cool cars being displayed like the Mercedes SLS, Audi R8 and a beautiful Backdraft AC Cobra.

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Gulf Run 7 At Al-Falah Car Wash

14 Jan 2012  2 Comments

Al Falah Car Wash

I’m a few days late posting about this but I have been really busy the past couple of days. Last Thursday evening all the cars that are participating in the 7th annual gulf run had to go freshen up at Al-Flah Car Wash as they do every year. I arrived a little late and most of the cars were already done.

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The cars usually go there to get washed, polished and get the stickers on. DJ had the music pumpin’ and it was a another great chance to mingle with the drivers, fellow bloggers and organizers.

I also managed to pass by the Car Show at 360 Mall and will be posting about it later.

More pics after the break.

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GulfRun 7 Meetup

15 Dec 2011  6 Comments

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I was invited yesterday to attend the 7th annual GulfRun meet up were all the drivers have the opportunity to meet each other and it was also a chance for non-participant/drivers to also meet the organizers and the great guys behind The GulfRun.

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The iconic wall of photos was also on display again this year with some fantastic pictures  from previous GulfRuns and had some awesome memories.

Also on display were 3 super cars, a Ferrari 599, Porsche 993 Gemballa and a Hennessey powered Chevrolet Camero LS9 with 725hp.

GulfRun 7 is just a few weeks away, the event will be held at Bahrain International Circuit as usual on the 26th-27th of January 2012. Can’t wait.

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Sand Storm Hits Texas

18 Oct 2011  No Comments

Watching the video above is like having déjà vu with what happen 6 months ago here in Kuwait. A 100KM winds in Lubbock, TX knocked down power lines and even flipped airplanes.

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October is One Geeky Month

5 Oct 2011  No Comments

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We just heard yesterday from Apple the specs of the latest iPhone 4S. Next week its Samsung and Google’s turn to announce the anticipated Nexus Prime/Galaxy, a rumored 4.65″ screen with 720P Super Amoled Plus display And from the teaser video it looks like it will have a curved screen. And by the end of the month Nokia world will be taking place and we should see the first Nokia Windows Mobile Phone device. I hope they don’t reveal something too awesome or that means I’ll be broke this month. That’s not taking into account the Amazon’s Kindle Fire that was announced last week.

Viva’s Bloggers Ghabga

12 Aug 2011  6 Comments

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Another day another Social event. This time we were invited by Viva to attend the 2nd annual Social event that was held in Marina Hotel yesterday. I finally managed to meet some bloggers that couldn’t make it to Zain’s Event a few days earlier.

MIKE MBALTA3 hosted the event that made it really amusing. He held a couple of competitions were I took part in one and lost to Kuwaitiful (Congrats again Bro)

Viva also held a raffle, the prize was a fully paid trip to watch the Red Devils (Manchester United) at Old Trafford.The winner was first HiKuwait but he refused to receive the prize as he is not a football enthusiast and asked to do another draw. Winner Number 2 was AboFlan who also wasn’t a big fan of football and also declined. I have no idea who winner number 3 was as he said he wan’t a blogger but he was shouting before getting on the stage “I’M TAKING IT, I”M TAKING IT”.

On our way out we were handed little gift bags that contained an IDEOS X5 Huawei phone and a mini gergai3an bag.

Thank You Viva for the invite, it was nice seeing my fellow bloggers in real life again.

Zain and the Ferrari California

23 Dec 2010  4 Comments

Uptill1 was recently contacted by Zain to spread the word about their offer for tomorrow. As you know (unless you have been living under a rock for the last monthor so), Zain have a weekly draw of $30,000 till the end of the year, And will have a grand draw on a Ferrari California on the 6th of January at 360 Mall 7pm. Everyone has a chance to enter the draw for every 5KD they spend either for topping up a prepaid line, orsettlingyour post paid bill. Last chance to enter is December the 31st.

Is the Ferrari California the car of your dreams? Then it’s your lucky day. Zain will be holding an open to the public photoshoot. A professional photographer will take your picture with the car of your dreams (the Ferrari California) and Zain will kindly print it out, set it up in a custom frame and give it to you…..for free. That event will be held tomorrow and tomorrow only from 6pm – 9pm at the 360 mall.

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Gulf Run 6 Meetup

23 Dec 2010  2 Comments

We were invited for a GR6 meetup that took place last night. Met a ton of great guys, drivers and organizers.

On display were 3 super cars. The Ford GT, Mercedes SLS and the Ferrari 599. They were a joy to look at and a glimpse of what is to come in Gulf Run 6.

Also on display were a lot of pictures from the previous 5 Gulf Runs that organizers were very proud of, and rightly so.

One of the announcements that was made yesterday was that the Mercedes SLS will be a “special car” appearing in this Gulf Run. And there will be a taxi driver service to take you around the track, but they are being tight-lipped about it and keeping it a surprise.

Before leaving, we were told that we must have a bite to eat. There was a very good selection of burgers right out of the grill, chicken or beef shawerma and make your own fajita. It was delicious.

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“Farha” Kids Carnival by We Are Volunteers

9 Dec 2010  1 Comment

The “We Are Volunteers” – “نحن متطوعات” team from Eshraq Girls Center – مركز إشراق للفتيات is holding a carnival today at 5pm – 9pm in Discovery Mall’s garden area. All proceedings will be donated to underprivileged students here in Kuwait.

We Are Volunteers is a team of girls (ages13-19) from Eshraq Girls Center who work together to offer a helping hand to whoever is in need in our communities. The team meets up two times a month to take training courses and carry out voluntary projects.


For more info:
Call Eshraq Girls Center: 25212816/7 -97308669
Or visit We Are Volunteers’s Twitter and Facebook page

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